Becoming a DofE Youth Ambassador pushed Kayleigh out of her comfort zone
“I was first introduced to the DofE in 2017 when I was still at school and didn’t really know what direction my life was going in. I thought I would grasp the opportunity and see where this journey could take me.
“After a lot of hard work and resilience, I completed my Silver Award in March 2019 and this made me more determined to take on the challenge of doing Gold. I started my Gold Award in January 2020, which kept me busy and focused especially throughout lockdown. I achieved my skills, volunteering and physical sections during the pandemic and completed the Expedition once restrictions allowed. My aim is to complete the residential section in 2022.
“Having Cerebral Palsy and Autism means I struggle with anxiety and everyday tasks can take me a little longer but this hasn’t stopped me achieving all of the above. Becoming a DofE Centenary Ambassador has pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me new found social skills and confidence. It has shown me that regardless of your ability, you can achieve anything.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has given me numerous opportunities from using an off-road wheelchair to meeting HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and sharing my story on STV News. I would recommend that young people take whatever opportunities they are given. The experience and skills you gain throughout as well as meeting new people are all key life skills for the future and you never know what doors might open for you.”