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#DofEVolunteering celebrated in Aberdeenshire

On the 30th of October, over 40 adult volunteers attended a celebration event at Meldrum Academy to thank them for all their hard work in helping participants on their journey to achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

GrantGrant Rutledge, a former pupil at Meldrum Academy, gave an interesting address to the audience. Grant completed his Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards with Aberdeenshire Council and has now begun his university career.

There was also a talk by Benn Hitchen, who shared his experience as Coordinator at the Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill. Benn also assists with a number of other DofE Centres in Aberdeenshire.

When asked why he does it, he replied “I have a personal passion for the outdoors anyway, but it's the appreciation I receive from participants, parents, operating authority staff, and fellow volunteers alike that keeps me coming back."


With over 1,700 young people active in DofE in Aberdeenshire and over 200 expeditions this season, it is a testament to the hard work, energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers. It quite simply couldn’t happen without their continued support. A huge thanks was given to them all!

Do you have a #DofEVolunteering story? Share it with us on Twitter, Facebook or Scotland@DofE.org


The impact of #DofEVolunteering? An MBE!

We’re delighted to report that Charles Black has been awarded an MBE for services to young people for his work with the DofE. Charles has been a supporter of the DofE since he was 14 years old, having undertaken the Award himself through the Boys’ Brigade and then moving on to support the DofE as a leader. He’s now chairman of the Friends of the Award in Edinburgh and the Lothians and often verifies Awards.

Charles Black investiture


Charles recently helped to get our DofE Scotland archives into order and we’re pleased to say that the announcement of his MBE, which you can read in full here will be sure to join the other materials in the archive.

We’ve had a lot of congratulations in for Charles, particularly on Twitter:

Charles’ story is a great example of how #DofEVolunteering extends beyond doing it for your programme – it can include Leaders and adult helpers as well as young people. Remember that DofE couldn’t be run without the support of people like Charles who donate their time to help young people achieve their best.

Do you have a #DofEVolunteering story? Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or email Scotland@DofE.org

Charles with MBE



Great Glasgow Gig

Over 500 young people took over the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Monday 10 November to receive their Bronze and Silver DofE Awards at the celebration hosted by Gus Michael.

 Glasgow participants

The young people, who contributed over 9,000 hours of #DofEVolunteering time to the local community, were celebrated by their family, friends and Glasgow legend Donovan, who sang a duet with busker Murdo Mitchell.

Murdo and Donovan

The celebration marked the culmination of a four year project to extend the reach of the DofE in Glasgow with the support of the ScottishPower Foundation. Since the project began in 2010, over 2,000 more young people in Glasgow have developed their skills for life and work.

Ann Loughrey

Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to helping to improve the lives of young people across Scotland which is why we are delighted to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. The Awards are a major milestone in many young people’s lives and we are thrilled that so many will be able to enjoy another fantastic awards ceremony.”





You can see all the photos from the event on our Facebook page.

If you have any stories to share about the presentation we want to hear from you! Get in touch Scotland@dofe.org or @DofEScotland 


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