– 72% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that doing the DofE is fun and enjoyable.
– 75% agreed or strongly agreed that the DofE has given them the opportunity to face new challenges.
– 78% agreed or strongly agreed that it enhanced their CV or UCAS application.
...confidence and resilience
– 62% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the DofE made them more confident in overcoming difficult situations.
– 61% agreed or strongly agreed that they have become more independent as a result of doing the DofE.
– 70% agreed or strongly agreed that it has made them proud of what they can achieve.
...communication and teamwork
– 45% of respondents who were taking part in community action (Volunteering section) said this activity teaches problem solving.
– 47% of respondents commented that the expedition taught them how to take responsibility for others.
– 44% reported that the residential made them more confident about speaking to people they don’t know very well.
DofE sections and wellbeing
The DofE is made up of five sections: Volunteering, Skills, Physical, Expedition and Residential (Gold only).
We explored how these, and the different activities within them, can be associated with wellbeing.
– Watch our animations of Award holders sharing their mental health journey.
– Find out how you or your child can sign up to do the DofE
– If you’d like to run the DofE in your organisation, find out how.
– Donate to the DofE to make a difference to more young people’s lives.
– Visit YoungMinds for help and advice on dealing with mental health challenges.