DofE Diamond Anniversary

Over the last 60 years millions of young people across the globe, from all backgrounds and circumstances, have given it their all through their DofE Award. The DofE leaves a footprint on their lives, as their Award opens doors to new jobs, cements life-long friendships, broadens interests and stretches horizons.

Celebrating our Diamond Anniversary the DofE is calling for everyone to give it their all in 2016, for themselves, their families, their communities and others, and for the DofE, so that the Charity can power generations to come and offer more young people the gift of opportunity.

From the DofE Diamond Challenge to our competitions and events, there really is something for everyone to engage with in 2016.

Read how the DofE changed Fiona’s life.

DofE Diamond Challenge

DofE Diamond Challenge

2016 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, your friends and family to get out of your comfort zone and leave your excuses at the door.

The skydive you’ve always wanted to do.  The time you said you’d learn Mandarin.  The fear of heights you’re determined to face.

There’s never been a better time than right now. 

Find out more about the DofE Diamond Challenge
The Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex's Challenge

The Countess of Wessex will cycle from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in its 60th year. The Countess, who is a long term supporter of the DofE, will cycle the 445 miles from Edinburgh to London over seven days in September.

Go here to sponsor The Countess
DofE Diamond Ambition

DofE Diamond Ambition

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh instigated our Award 60 years ago from a belief in the power of ‘doing’ to shape lives.  Over the next five years, the DofE will directly impact 2 million 14 -25 year olds, ‘hard-coding’ a sense of self-purpose, self-confidence, responsibility and resilience: young people from all backgrounds who are work-ready, well-rounded and ambitious – with the skills that businesses and society needs.

We see our role in helping to shape ‘diamonds in the rough’, providing young people with the opportunities to discover the many facets of their talents and to be truly brilliant.

For our Diamond Anniversary we have created a Diamond Fund to support  our next five years of growth.  Be part of our Diamond Ambition and help us to make a step-change in the number of young people whose lives will be transformed by the DofE, including 400,000 facing disadvantage by 2020.


Click here to donate and support our Diamond Ambition.
DofE Diamond Downloads
DofE Diamond Events

DofE Diamond Events

In our Anniversary year fundraising events are even more crucial to help us achieve our Diamond Ambition.

But in order to reach our goal, we will need some help.

We’re holding a number of special events in 2016 from black tie gala dinners at unique and exclusive venues to business events to the more active sporting events like clay shoots and golf. There is something for everyone to support the Charity whilst entertaining clients, colleagues, friends and family.

Diamond Anniversary fundraising events
We are DofE Photo Competition

We are DofE Photo Competition

Remember your first night under the stars? The first time you used a camp stove? And of course the friends who stood by your side?

As we celebrate 60 years of life-changing work with young people around the world, we’d like to see what We Are DofE means to you. Submit a photo of your best DofE experience or one that shows what it’s really like to be part of the DofE. We’re looking for creative, quirky or distinctive shots. Entry is open until midnight 14 November.

Once the competition ends, shortlisted photos will be shared with the world and publically exhibited at Heathrow Airport in T5. The first prize winner will go home with a Canon EOS 1300D and a very special photography work experience prize. Second and third prize winners will receive a Canon PowerShot SX620 HS.

So submit your best DofE photos before midnight on 14 November 2016.  – there’s no limit to the number of photos you can enter – and be sure to check back on 15 November when public voting begins. Best of luck!  Winners will be announced on our website and contacted via email.

View the gallery and enter here

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