12 Jan 2018

Up to the challenge

More than 60 young people received Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards at an annual ceremony recently.

The event took place at the Isle of Wight College, Newport and saw 68 young Islanders receive their awards from the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White.

Moza Ackroyd, Amelia Rusling and Hannah Mary Gale were the three gold award recipients, with a further 17 young people reaching silver level and 48 achieving bronze. They all carried out various tasks over the last year which helped the Island’s community, including volunteering with charities or other local organisations, as well as undertaking expeditions, learning new skills and participating in sporting activities.

"I offer my congratulations to all the young people who received their DofE awards and my best wishes for their future careers,” said Councillor John Hobart, Cabinet member for environment and heritage.

"The scheme is very important as it teaches many essential life skills and I would encourage young people who are thinking about doing a DofE award to register and take part - you will make memories that last a lifetime. I still remember when I did my silver award in the 1960s, when I canoed from Stour to Christchurch and also had the chance to train with Marines in Poole Harbour, using heavy canvas canoes."

Guests were welcomed to the presentations by Lee Matthews, the council’s DofE manager and Carol Taverner, council DofE facilitator, reported on activities that had taken place on the Island during 2017.

All the participants were supported by volunteer leaders from schools and organisations across the Island including Cowes Open Award Centre; the Island Learning Centre and the Isle of Wight College in Newport; 2nd Ryde Sea Scouts and West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater. 

DofE programmes are delivered in the UK under licence by more than 2,600 partners
(DofE licensed organisations, such as the Isle of Wight Council), which offer the programmes in more than 10,000 DofE centres such as youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, academies, colleges, universities, young offender institutions, hospitals, homeless shelters and businesses - run and supported by around 40,000 adult volunteers.

Anyone aged 14 to 24 can enrol on the DofE scheme. To do so, they should email: carol.taverner@iow.gov.uk

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to all 14 to 24 year olds
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to all 14 to 24 year olds
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • The award is available to all 14 to 24 year olds, regardless of their background.
  • The DofE is delivered in 141 countries and territories worldwide.
  • In 2016/17 more than 271,000 young people started their DofE; up seven per cent on 2015/16.
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