I’ve started so I’ll finish

I’ve Started so I’ll Finish
Frequently Asked Questions

I am no longer a member of the group I started my DofE with, what happens next?

Our YouTube video provides information on what to do in this situation:

You can get in contact with your local DofE Development Officer through the Take Part section of the DofE website: www.DofE.org/takepart/ or, for Gold, you can do your DofE through www.DofEDirect.org

I can’t remember my eDofE log in/password.

You can speak to your DofE Leader or Development Officer in the first instance who can provide you with your username. If you are not sure who this is then click on the Take Part section of the DofE website for a contact form: www.DofE.org/takepart/

For forgotten passwords, click the ‘Forgot your password’ button and you will be asked a security question. Alternatively, our YouTube channel has lots of videos including a step by step process on what to do when you’ve forgotten your password. www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Vq29ukf8k

I don’t have access to the internet to upload evidence to eDofE.

There are many locations in your local area which will have access to the internet which you can usually access cheaply or for free. These include internet cafes, libraries, friends’ houses, schools, colleges, universities and youth clubs.

A YouTube video on how to start a DofE section is available here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktNfQGoMPc8

I am unable to log onto eDofE as it says that my account is inactive.

You can speak with your Leader who will be able to change the status of your eDofE account from their account. If you are no longer in contact with your DofE Leader, you can contact the DofE Development Officer for your area here: http://www.dofe.org/takepart/

I completed everything ages ago but didn’t send off my book and now I’m over 25.

So long as you completed all of your sections before your 25th birthday then you are still able to submit your Gold Award for approval. Your first step is to try to make contact with your assessors for the sections which were not signed off at the time, and asking them to backdate their signature to when you completed the section. If you are not able to make contact with your assessor, you can ask someone else who is aware of what you did to sign it off for you. You may need to provide proof of what you did.

I can’t find my record book. Can I still complete my Award?

Yes, you need to get your Leader or someone independent who is aware of what you did for your sections to write assessor reports for each section of your Award then these can replace your record book.

My previous Leader/Assessor has left; who can sign off my sections?

Your sections do not need to have Assessor reports written by your DofE Leader – any adult who is aware of what you did for your sections can write a report. Remember this person needs to be independent from you so not a family member.

I have left the group I started my DofE with but would like to carry on with another group.

Even if you started your DofE a while ago with another group, you The DofE website has more information on how to change groups. www.DofE.org/en/content/cms/doing-your-dofe/changing-groups/

Where can I do my expedition?

We have a list of Approved Activity Providers who provide a range of expeditions across the UK and overseas: www.DofE.org/go/aaplist/

Alternatively, you can speak to the Development Officer who looks after DofE in your local authority. They will be aware of DofE expeditions happing at all levels within their county and will be able to advise you who to contact. They may also be able to lend you some equipment if they store it within their areas. You can get in contact with your local DofE Development Officer through here: www.DofE.org/takepart/

Where can I do my residential?

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.

We have a number of Approved Activity Providers who are listed on our website and can give you information and ideas on the residential courses which they run: www.DofE.org/go/aaplist

For local opportunities, you may wish to speak to the Development Officer who looks after DofE in your local authority. They will be able to advise you of any residential opportunities which they are aware of in the county. You can get in contact with your local DofE Development Officer through the Take Part section of the DofE website: www.DofE.org/takepart/

Some frequently asked questions on the Residential section are here: www.DofE.org/go/faqr

I can’t think of what to do for my sections.

You can count something which you are already doing for any of your sections or you can start something completely new. You can find a list of activity ideas for each of the sections here: www.DofE.org/sections/

This list is not exhaustive, if you would like to do an activity which is not on the list, have a chat with your DofE Leader before starting it for your DofE to see whether it would be acceptable.

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I started a section but don’t enjoy the activity which I am undertaking.

Even though we don’t encourage this, if absolutely necessary, you may make one change of activity in each section at each level. You must restart the preparation, training, activity and assessment process and the time spent on both activities will add up to meet the overall time requirements for that section.

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I can’t carry on with my DofE because I have exams and other pressures.

Don’t forget you have until your 25th birthday to complete your DofE, regardless of when you started it. You can undertake your sections during the school holidays or at a time in the year when you are not as busy with other activities. Remember that you don’t have to undertake the skills, physical and volunteering sections at the same time and each section only needs to be on average of an hour a week.

If you are struggling with your DofE programme then it may be worth chatting with your Leader to talk through options available to you.

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I’ve had a change in financial circumstances and don’t think I can afford to do my DofE anymore.

The costs associated with doing your DofE are available here: www.DofE.org/go/costs

You may wish to chat to your Leader or Development Officer who may be able to provide you with ideas for activities for your sections which are low cost or even free. Many groups have access to a kit store where you can borrow equipment for your expedition.

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