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Case Study: Forth Valley College Workstart DofE group

Success for Forth Valley College students on the West Highland Way!

Scotland Leaders Conference 2024 - Leaders Without Limits
Tuesday 26th March 2024, at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline, from 9.30am – 4pm.
Case Study: Luca's Story
Luca has recently completed the volunteering section for his DofE Bronze Award through Beatlie School in West Lothian.
Gold Award Celebration event 2023 - Roundup video
06/07/2023 – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted 700 Gold Award achievers and their guests at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Top ASN expedition tips to make your expedition more accessible
Operations Manager Kate has shared some of her top tips for running additional support needs/autism-friendly expeditions!
DofE Scotland Conference 2023 Roundup Video
View our DofE Scotland Conference 2023 Roundup Video!
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Supporting your participants to get the most out of their DofE journeys in 2023
As we kick of another New Year, DofE Scotland Operations Officer Amiee has pulled together some of her top tips and ideas to help support...
Hugh on a mountain
Case Study: Hugh’s Story
Hugh completed his DofE Silver Award through Moore House Academy, a school whose pupils all have additional support needs, in 2022.
DofE Scotland Youth Action Team Programme
DofE Scotland are looking to recruit a Youth Action Team, that would be comprised of 12-20 young people from diverse backgrounds from...
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Upcoming training modules: January/February 2023
Our next round of eDofE training modules commences on 16 January 2023 – book on to one or all of them!
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DofE Scotland's newest staff member reflects on her DofE journey
My Gold Award had become completely unachievable until I was offered a place on a supported expedition.
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Forth Valley College Workstart group goes volunteering
Workstart is for young people facing challenges and supports them to build skills and confidence to enter the world of work.
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DofE Scotland runs its first additional support needs specific DofE Expedition Skills course
DofE Scotland recently delivered an additional support needs specific DofE Expedition Skills course in Clackmannanshire and Fife.
Gold Award Celebration Event in the Gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Nearly 900 young people from across Scotland were welcomed to the Palace of Holyroodhouse this morning by The Earl of Wessex and Forfar to...
Mental Health Awareness Week

Last week was Mental Health Awareness week and, in support of the Mental Health Foundation, DofE Scotland wanted to listen, share stories and learn from our network.

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The DofE in your school: Drummond Community High school

A DofE Leader perspective: An insight into running the DofE at school during the ‘new normal’.


Programme timescales: completing the minimum number of hours
Understanding Award timescales and how participants can complete their sections within the minimum number of hours.
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Our ‘new normal’ sees the introduction of the DofE Certificate of Achievement
DofE: Supporting the development of young people’s resilience and recovery from Covid-19
Social Value Certificates: recognising the impact of The DofE
Get an insight into the new DofE Social Value Certificates and why it’s important to recognise commitment.  
It's been tough... but you've got this!
We understand it’s been a challenging time as young person, but it’s so important that you seek help if you need emotional...
How I made a positive difference to my mind and body through lockdown

Read how Bronze Award participant, Zoe made a positive difference to her mind and body by changing her activity through COVID-19.

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Changing my Volunteering section due to Covid-19
Hear from Bronze participant Poppy McLardy about how she modified her programme and continued her Volunteering section from home.
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DofE Heroes: ‘Forging stronger relationships within the school community’

Hear from Kirsten McGregor, a teacher and DofE Leader at Grange Academy, Kilmarnock.

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DofE Heroes: Our own helping hands in the community

We’re celebrating our own helping hand in the community, Kevin Fawcett, Operations Officer for the west of Scotland.

DofE Heroes: Our own helping hands in the community

At DofE Scotland, Volunteers Week is especially important- a time for us to celebrate one of the core functions of the Award – volunteering in all shapes and forms.

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