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Welcome to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Kirklees

This web site is dedicated to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award run under the Kirklees Metropolitan Council Operating Authority. Its purpose is to provide easy access to the most commonly required information and to act as a focus for Kirklees DofE activity. DofE is a real adventure from beginning to end.

It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there's more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

You can do DofE at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold.

 

SUMMER WACKY IS BACK!!!!

Residential Project

We are very happy to announce that WACKY will be returning this Summer to Little Deer Wood Activity Centre!!

WACKY offers a packed programme of activities for young people with disabilities aged 13 - 25 to take part in over the summer holidays.  Projects will be based at The DofE Marina Project Shepley Bridge Marina Huddersfield Road Mirfield WF14 9HR.  Activities will run Tuesday – Friday on dates from 25 July – 11 Aug from 10.30 – 3.30 daily.  There will be an opportunity to choose from at least ten different activities each day, which were chosen in consultation with young people.

The activities on offer include arts, crafts, DJ workshops, circus skills, digital photography and music.  The more energetic amongst you will enjoy a choice of sporting activities inc: canoeing, cycling, fishing, bush craft, archery and rock climbing.  We have arranged visits to places of interest and the very popular themed narrow boat trips.  Pampering sessions, healthy eating and environmental projects have also been requested and for those exhibitionists we have our very own ‘WACKY’s Got Talent’.

Junior WACKY is also making its return for young people with disabilities aged 10-12 and will be running from Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 Aug from 10.30 – 3.30 daily.

WACKY is very popular so please dont hesitate to book your place. To make a booking, download the required form and send it back with your payment to the Slaithwaite address written on the form.

WACKY Young Person Booking Form

Junior WACKY Young Person Booking Form

 

Gold Expedition Opportunities

Residential Project

To achieve the Gold Award, you need to complete an expedition. This involves travelling for 4 days and camping out for 3 nights in wild country.

Kirklees groups are offering a number of packages for 2016. Please see the letters and booking forms below for more information and keep an eye out for other exciting opputunities soon to be announced.

Kirklees OAC - 2017 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2017 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2017 Gold Autumn Walking with Training Weekend Package
Letter and Booking Form

Canoe - 2017 Gold Easter 2018 Canoe Package
Letter and Booking Form

**AAP forms are for people not in a Kirklees DofE Registered Group**

Gold Residentials 2017

Residential Project

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you've never met before.

It's a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience. It may be that you want to build on a talent you've developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others.

To find out more look at our Residential Page and Gallery!

Kirklees groups are offering a number of packages for 2017. Please see the letters and booking forms below for more information and keep an eye out for other exciting opputunities soon to be announced.

2017 Gold Kirklees Residential Summer WACKY Package
Letter and Booking Form

2017 Gold AAP Residential Summer WACKY Package
Letter and Booking Form

2017 Gold Kirklees Residential Summer Canal & Conservation Package
Letter and Booking Form

2017 Gold AAP Residential Summer Canal & Conservation Package
Letter and Booking Form

KIRKLEES SUMMER PLAY CAMPS 2017 Volunteers
Letter and Booking Form

**AAP forms are for people not in a Kirklees DofE Registered Group**


June Open Expedition Weekend

Residential Project

Summer has arrived!! The Weather this weekend was VERY HOT! We had 21 bronze groups out from Salendine Nook, Royds Hall and Huddersfield Grammar. All did amazingly well in the heat and now look to be moving forward to thier qualifying expeditions.

A very well done to everyone involved in the weekend!!

 

Forget Me Not Children's Hospice Volunteering Opportunities

Residential Project

Forget me Not Children's Hopsice currently have volunteering opportunities that might be of interest to DofE participants.

Please see the downloadable file for more information on the different opportunities and contact Jacquai Smith with your interest.

forget me not Volunteering Oppounities (.PDF, 444KB)

 

Upcoming First Aid Training Opportunity

Residential Project

Kirklees DofE have arranged various First Aid Courses for this Autumn.

All First Aid courses will be held at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre and can be used to validate NGB Instructor Awards such as ML, HML, SPA, BCU, RYA, etc.

Dates and Booking Forms can be found below

Activity First Aid - 30 Sept-1 Oct 2017 - Booking Form

First Aid at Work - 10-12 Oct 2017 - Poster & Booking Form

First Aid at Work - 7-9 Nov 2017 - Poster & Booking Form

Activity First Aid - 25-26 Nov 2017 - Booking Form

To book on to a course please fill in this downloadable booking form and send it to Julie Martin, julie.martin@kirklees.gov.uk
If you require any more information, please contact Denise Bedford.

To find out more courses being run by Kirklees DofE please visit our Leader Training page

 

Easter Gold Expedition's

Residential Project

This easter has been a busy one for Gold Expeditions. We have seen two Paddle groups take on the River Wye paddling along the English and Welsh borders.

We had five groups take on the North York Moors in the heart on Heartbeat Country.

We also had one group of Adult Leaders that took on their own DofE Expedition in the Brecon Beacon's!!

Very well done to all this Easter!

 

Pass it On Volunteering Opportunities

Residential Project

Yorkshire Children's Centre, Pass It On Charity Shops currently have volunteering opportunities that might be of interest to gold participants.

Please see the downloadable file for more information on the different opportunities and contact Jacquai Smith with your interest.

Pass It On Volunteering Oppounities (.docx, 676KB)

 

Open Country Bushcraft Day

Residential Project

Little Deer Wood welcomed Open Country for the day. Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the country side.

At Little Deer Wood they spent the day learning Bushcraft and Survival Skills. Everyone had a great time and learnt new skills. See our Gallery to see more as to what they got up to.