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The Air Training Corps

Held their annual DofE Conference in November and Sam was on hand to answer any questions & to deliver an Award Verifier course for 50 DofE Officers from across the UK.

The Army Cadet Force Association

Also held their annual DofE Conference in November and Michelle was on hand to answer any questions & to deliver an Award Verifier course for over 60 delegates.

Chief Fire Officers Association

A massive congratulations to Emma & Katie Rolfe for achieving their Gold Awards with Essex Fire & Rescue Service!  A great feat by itself, but an added challenge for Katie who is profoundly deaf, Emma was not only a participant, but also her personal communicator using sign language.

Speaking about the DofE will help her in her future, Emma said; “I feel the DofE has given me a big confidence boost and I have proved to myself that I am capable of achieving a lot more than I ever thought I was. I am currently at the University of Winchester, in my second year studying BA Vocal and Choral studies. DofE helped me to secure a place at university because I was able to record my achievements on my personal statement. I believe it helped me to stand out from the crowd.”

“The DofE has encouraged me to stay active by participating with many different sports clubs whilst at university. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Through her DofE programmes, Katie has learnt and developed many skills including leadership, teamwork, confidence, problem solving and communication. She learnt the importance of teaching other people her preferred choice in communication which has given her the confidence to communicate with people she doesn’t know well.

“DofE has affected me in a positive way. It has helped me gain useful skills and I know that it will make a difference to my future and my career. It has also helped me build confidence in being a good role model for other deaf people around me.”

Katie said “by committing to physical exercise and training regularly, I feel much fitter and healthier. This has given me the drive to continue and helps to relieve stress, helps me to focus better and it has helped me build my self-esteem. I am very proud of what I have achieved.” 

Meet the NOA

Liz Green is the new DofE Manager for the Army Cadets and is also heavily involved with the Air Cadets, so has a great background in all things DofE.

How long have you been involved with DofE? I started as a participant in 1994, and started helping others while completing my own Gold Award in 1997.

Are you a Leader/Supervisor/Assessor? I have been a Leader for the past 18 years, and have also been supervising and assessing expeditions for over 15 years. I am also a Course Director on the ESTC and EAAS courses and love being able to chat to other leaders about how we can make the expedition a fun and challenging experience for all.

What are your 3 handy tips for Expeditions? Only carry food you love eating – it’s a great motivator; work hard to keep your kit dry – you’ll thank yourself when you get to the campsite; time spent choosing and planning your route is always time well spent.

What activities would you choose if you were to undertake the DofE? I would volunteer with my local Brownies or Cubs, and pass on some of what I’ve learnt in the Cadets; I would join a running club for my physical, as it would give me the motivation to get better!; I would try to improve my photography for my skill.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would love to travel to the north of Norway to see the Northern Lights.

Sum up the DofE in 3 words:  Adventure, Challenge, Fun.

 

 

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