(For the Volunteering section for participants, please go here)
Our volunteers love creating a positive, supportive environment that’s bristling with energy for participants. They support the DofE’s overall mission and help run DofE centres and groups, helping young people to achieve their full potential.
There are many different roles for our volunteers – have a look to see what you could do:
These people set up and manage the DofE in a centre. If you become a Co-ordinator, you’ll support your Leaders and oversee all groups.
“Being a DofE Co-ordinator means that I can use my skills and experience to really make a difference to young people’s lives.”
Our Leaders are responsible for a DofE group. You’ll lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, agree their programme choices and approve their progress and pictures in eDofE.
Assessors check on a young person’s progress and agree the completion of a section of their programme. You’ll need knowledge of the activity they’re doing and to approve their progress and pictures in eDofE.
In the Expedition section, qualifying expeditions must be assessed by a competent adult who is approved by the Licensed Organisation and accredited by the DofE through the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme.
Supervisors are people with a good understanding of a participant’s chosen activity. You’ll help them set their goals and regularly meet with the young person to check on their progress, address any potential issues and adjust goals.
A Supervisor is essential for the Expedition section as they are responsible for supervising and supporting a team of participants to ensure their safety and well-being whilst they are doing their expedition.
Adults who can spare some time to help our DofE Leaders run a group can be a volunteer. You may give general support, i.e. admin, help run one section or give specific training.
Whilst not all volunteers will be involved in the detailed running of programmes everyone needs to ensure continuity throughout, share responsibilities and maintain the overall quality of the DofE experience.
If you’d like to make a positive impact on young people, then we’d love to hear from you.
- Get in touch with your local DofE office to start volunteering
- Try our online e-induction course to find out more about the DofE.
- See what training courses we have available for DofE Leaders and volunteers.
- Find a DofE training course near you on our Opportunity Finder.