Blog 01.06.19

Five great tools and resources to help your child this year

It’s a new year and a great chance for you to think about how you can support your child through their DofE programme. We’ve pulled together five great tools and resources that you can all use to help them to complete their programme and achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

eDofE

To achieve an Award, a young person needs to prove what activities they’ve been doing, show how they’ve progressed and they’ve met the goals they set for each section. eDofE is our online system that means they can record their DofE programme and activities, and prove what they’ve done in loads of different ways. Participants sign into their account at edofe.org on a desktop, or they can download the DofE app (search in their device’s store for DofE).

If they cannot sign in to eDofE the most common problem is that their username or password (which is case sensitive) is incorrect. Their eDofE account is created by their Leader/DofE Co-ordinator/Licensed Organisation and the username and password sent by email or advised verbally.

If the username or password does not work follow the four simple steps below:

1: If they have lost or forgotten their eDofE username they should contact their Leader/DofE Co-ordinator/Licensed Organisation who can check it on the system.

2: If they know their username and can remember the answer to their security question (set when they first signed in to eDofE), they should select ‘Forgot your password’ from the eDofE sign in page and use the online reset password functionality.

3: If their Leader/DofE Co-ordinator/Licensed Organisation has set up their account with a valid email address and they know their eDofE username but not the password, or their answer to the security question, select ‘Forgot your password’ and then ‘Can’t remember’ to use the password reminder function. This will send an email to their registered email address with a temporary password.

4: If they haven’t entered their security answer they should contact their Leader/DofE Co-ordinator/Licensed Organisation and provide them with a valid email address who will add this email into their account. When this has been done, follow step 3.

Opportunity Finder

We’ve a great Opportunity Finder, which lists loads of opportunities which can help young people to complete their DofE programmes. In addition to the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections opportunities, there are lots of open DofE expeditions across the UK and beyond, organised by our Approved Activity Providers (AAPs), for young people who have missed their own group’s expedition or who are doing their DofE independently. There is also a raft of amazing opportunities for Gold participants looking for that perfect residential.

Programme Planners

Download some handy personal programme planners and activity logs for each section, designed to help participants organise their activities.

Expedition Kit Guide

Whether your child is doing a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE programme, this excellent guide is a useful summary of what kit they will need for their expedition this year. They will also get advice is from their DofE Expedition Supervisor, who will check their kit. For expert advice, find your nearest GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors or Tiso store where staff can answer your expedition kit questions – and remember you can get a discount there with the DofE Card which each participant is issued with. Download the guide here.

Changing groups?

If they are moving or leaving school or their youth organisation, they can transfer their DofE activity to a different group. They should either ask at the new school or group, or find a local one. If they are over 18, want to do their Gold DofE, and have no access to a group they can do their DofE through DofE Direct.