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The DofE Charity has had another excellent year. Despite the current economic climate in the UK, the DofE’s popularity is going from strength to strength with more DofE centres and more young people starting and achieving DofE Awards.

The DofE develops young people for life and work. Employers and universities alike rate those young people who achieve a DofE Award as exemplary employees, students and UK citizens. These are just some of the factors that make the DofE an on-going success story.

Key headline stats for 2012-2013:

  • More starters: Record numbers of young people started their DofE last year. 218,806 young people started a DofE programme in the year 2012-13. 6,906 more than started last year, an increase of 3%! Currently over 300,000 young people are doing their DofE each year!
  • More achievers: Record numbers of young people are achieving their DofE Award! 99,147 achieved a DofE Award in the past year. This is 6,818 more than in the previous year and an increase in completions of just over 7%.
  • More centres: We are expanding our reach and supporting young people in more places. There are now 11,734 DofE centres! A year on year increase of 860 new centres (nearly 8%).

Centres range from youth clubs and schools to voluntary organisation meeting places, businesses and Young Offenders Institutions.  Every DofE centre is authorised by a DofE Licensed Organisation which can be local authorities, schools, voluntary organisations etc.

Current statistics (12 months to 1 April 2013)


300,000 approx.
New starters

218,806 (up 3%)
Bronze = 144,234 
Silver = 47,341
Gold = 27,231

Awards achieved 99,147 (up 7%)
          Bronze      66,322
          Silver      22,878
          Gold      9,947
Social value of young
people’s volunteering
Over £24 million
(up 9%)
DofE centres 11,734
Leaders/volunteers Around 48,910
(up 8.9%)
Social value of
volunteers' activities
Over £17 million
(up 13%)

Awards achieved since
1956 (in the UK)

(over 5.1
million started)







Current number of
participants globally
Number of countries and
territories running DofE
over 140
Participants since
1956 globally  
Over 8 million
Current number of
volunteers globally
over 190,000


Updated 19 September 2013