The sad passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Founder and Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has sparked an outpouring of interest and enthusiasm in all things DofE. People of all ages, across the UK, have got in touch with the charity, wanting to find out how they can get involved in what is marked as The Duke’s most exceptional legacy.
Whatever your age and wherever you live, you can be part of the DofE. Here’s our five top ways…
1. Do DofE
If you’re aged 13 – 24, you could do your DofE. Choose an Award level – Bronze, Silver or Gold – and choose your own activities, giving back to your community, learning a skill, getting fit and going on an adventure. Almost 4,000 organisations run DofE across the UK – ask your school, college, youth club or group if they do. And if you’re over 18, you could do your Gold DofE through DofE Direct.
2. Support the DofE
The Living Legacy Fund will give one million more young people the opportunity to do their DofE, from all circumstances and backgrounds. It will provide targeted help to young people who need specialist support to do their DofE, whether they’re facing financial hardship, are in a young offender institution or prison, or have special educational needs or disabilities.
3. Run DofE
If you’re an organisation that works with young people, support them to develop the confidence, resilience and skills to be ready for anything by running DofE. Get in touch with one of our Country offices to find out more.
4. Volunteer for DofE
Want to make a difference to a young person’s life? There’s lots of ways you can volunteer for your local DofE centre, supporting young people to build positive mental health, expand their job prospects and enrich their communities. Ask local schools, youth clubs or groups if they’re looking for volunteers.
5. Share your DofE memory
Millions of people have DofE stories to tell, from when they’ve done DofE themselves or supported a young person to achieve theirs. Tell us about the life-long friendships you built, the laughter you had around a campfire or how your DofE skills opened doors and made you who you are today. To celebrate The Duke’s legacy, we’re collecting memories at DofE.org/memories.