Bronze Award holder, James Burte-Carty, did his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through his school, Great Barr School. For his Volunteering section, he gave his time to a children’s play scheme at Kingstanding Leisure Centre in Birmingham, which he had attended himself when he was a child. James went back to volunteer, where he supported the running of the play scheme, coached football and helped children with their arts and crafts.
Speaking about his volunteering experience, James said, “My DofE volunteering gave me the chance to work with adults and children in the community I wouldn’t normally work with and experience new working environments. My volunteering has helped me to prepare for my future by giving me valuable work experience but it has also enabled me to support children into their future. It’s really rewarding to see them mature and I have built great relationships them – all the kids I worked with wanted me to come back next year!”
Commenting on his overall DofE experience, James concluded, “I would encourage anyone to undertake their DofE programme because it gave me a fantastic platform to prepare me for that next stage in my life through the experience and skills I have developed. I not only found the DofE fun, rewarding and challenging in parts, but I felt a real sense of personal achievement, something I look forward to as I progress onto my Silver and Gold levels.”