Every year, the DofE helps thousands of 14 to 24-year-olds to thrive., supporting their positive mental health and wellbeing. New research, produced with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), evidences how, and demonstrates that doing DofE:
– Builds resilience, confidence and supports general wellbeing
– Encourages connection with new people, physical fitness and skills development
– Provides opportunities to step out of comfort zones.
“Before I did DofE, I felt anxious a lot of the time. I believe in myself more now” – DofE participant.
The ability for young people to bounce back and give themselves the best opportunities in life is more important than ever.
In the report, find out how the DofE impacts…
– 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.
View the mental health and wellbeing report
– 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.