Fancy yourself a photographer? Here’s your chance to shine! The Legacy Through a Lens photography competition is now open! Send us your photographic take on the values of this year’s Games and you’ll be entered to win an all expenses paid trip to Glasgow in July, including a special celebratory exhibition where you'll be able to see your photo alongside the other winners!
The competition is open to all DofE participants and young leaders aged 18 to 25. You can submit up to 20 photos - so get snapping to increase your chances to win!
For more info and to enter visit the Legacy Through a Lens Blog at http://legacylens.blogspot.co.uk/
If you are expecting an invitation to the 2014 Gold Award Presentation at The Palace of Holyroodhouse check your inbox or your post because they should be arriving the 10th or 11th April. If you would like to attend the presentation you must reply to the email or send in your reply form as soon as possible (by email or post) because space are filling up quickly. Please note that we will not take confirmation over the phone. We will confirm the receipt of your response by the end of the working day.
If you have any questions, please contact the office at Scotland@DofE.org or 0131 343 0920.
DofE participant Kirsty and young leaders Jamie and Eleanor were on hand to help launch Our ambitions for improving the life chance of young people in Scotland. The national youth work strategy will build on the dedication of tens of thousands of volunteers (many of them DofE volunteers!) and half a million young people across Scotland.
Youth Work Strategy launch with Kirsty (left), the Minister (centre) and Jamie (right)
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell was at the Youth Summit and listened to Kirsty talk about her DofE experience. Kirsty is an 18 year old Gold DofE participant with cerebral palsy. She spoke passionately at the summit about how “the DofE has boosted my confidence to work in a team. It has also strengthened me as a person.” Kirsty had a lot of time to practice her teamwork skills when she was one of our DofE Paddlers. You can read more about her expedition on the Paddlers webpage.
Jamie started his DofE Journey with the ‘New Start’ Group in North Ayrshire and whilst progressing through to gain his Gold in 2013, he became a peer mentor and young leader and was selected to be a Youth Work Modern Apprentice with North Ayrshire Council, a role that he has excelled in. He completes his MA in May and has already been accepted onto the Community Learning degree course in Glasgow starting later this year.
Debate moderator Eleanor volunteers some of her spare time as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader with the City of Edinburgh Council. She started volunteering as a young leader in 2011 within her school group in Dumfries and Galloway after attending a leadership residential provided by DofE Scotland. She now has her own group of 20 Silver participants who will be completing their expeditions this summer. Eleanor said that having completed all three levels of the awards herself, volunteering as a leader allows her to give young people the opportunity to gain the benefits from the award like she did.
The DofE connections at the event show the many ways the programme connects in to youth work. Not only are young people doing the programme themselves, but many are also giving back as youth workers. The new strategy sets out the key ambitions for youth work over the next five years – recognising the enormous amount of work that young people like Kirsty, Jamie and Eleanor contribute is central to those ambitions. If you are interested in reading the report you can find it at the YouthLink Scotland website.
The Flag a Munro Challenge officially kicked off on 1st April - there's been a couple of photos in so far - is yours one of them? If not, then sign up and help us climb all of Scotland's 282 Munros before the 16th June, 2014.
You might ask, why are they doing this, it's crazy! And you'd be right. We're doing this to celebrate getting active for the Commonwealth Games. It's part of our Legacy 2014 project Commonwealth Connections and we need your ambition to pull it off. Register today to shape your Legacy.
This year the DofE in Scotland will be hosting one Gold Award Presentation at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Because of the limited number of spaces available for Gold Award recipients to attend this event we have put in place a new procedure for invitations this year. If you are a Gold Award recipient expecting to attend this year’s presentation please check your email inbox for an important email from the GAP Team about the presentation. The full process is outlined on our Gold Award Presentation page. If you have not received an email or have any questions about this process or the presentation, please contact the DofE Scotland Office at GAPScotland@DofE.org or 0131 343 0920.
DofE participants at Lochgilphead High School were out in force earlier this year to raise money for The RNLI. The group raised a remarkable £560 for the organisation which provides lifeboat search and rescue services across the UK.
Photo courtesy of Argyllshire Advertiser
A few of the Silver participants have been volunteering for RNLI as part of their DofE, so they have a first-hand experience of the work that the funds they helped to raise will support.
Kirsty is one of the RNLI volunteers and has been volunteering with the Crinan Canal as well, contributing ideas for a new booklet for children. Patrick and Ryan are also volunteers with the RNLI and they contribute to community sports initiatives. Patrick is planning to do a one day First Aid course - in case it can be helpful for his RNLI work. Ryan is also a coach for the Mid Argyll Badminton Association and has become a Commonwealth Games Youth Legacy Ambassador for Argyll and Bute.
Sylvie Howland, RNLI Co-ordinator for the Lochgilphead, said “it is heart warming to see how much our young people are achieving and to see the change in them as they take on new roles and responsibilities”.
The YouthLink Scotland Youth Worker of the Year Awards were held on Thursday, 13th March in Glasgow in a room jam-packed with inspiring leaders from the youth work sector. DofE Scotland nominated Gary Kirkpatrick, Development officer in Dumfries & Galloway Council for youth worker of the year (full-time) and we were delighted to see him on the short-list. Despite losing out to Kelly Ross, Gary said that the nomination “really means a lot.”
The night also saw Liz Fergus, DofE Manager in North Lanarkshire Council, winning the Youth Manager award.
Our congratulations go out to all of the worthy nominees and winners of the awards this year. They’re all stars in youth work – keep up the good work!
Commonwealth Day – MONDAY 10th MARCH – Sport Your Trainers
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be here in less than six months!
Monday 10th March is Commonwealth Day, part of a weeklong celebration of the unity, diversity and links of the modern Commonwealth.
Visit our Commonwealth Connections page to find out more about the rewards on offer for you this week!
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