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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.


Gearstones Adult DofE Leadership Training Weekend

First Aid

The first weekend of February means it is that time for our annual DofE Leadership weekend training weekend. This years event saw leaders complete the DofE Courses, Expedition Supervisor and Expedition Accreddited Assessor. There were some leaders that completed their NNAS Bronze training and assessment. The weekend also included a number of workshops that looked at aspected of the young peoples expedition training, advance mountain craft for those looking to progress towards their Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader awards. Also a chance to look at how to run programmes in the award centres for other sections of the award.

The weekend was a great success with and enjoyable atmosphere and everyone being able to take something away from the training.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and were involved.


Outdoor Activity First Aid

First Aid

Due to the demand we have provided another opportunity for you to complete the Activity First Aid Course. This course deals with issues involved with care of casualties in a remote setting. It includes primary and secondary surveys of a casualty, first aid equipment and how you may adapt and improvise your own equipment to support your first aid kit. A lot more emphasis is placed on incident management.  We assume minimal outdoor equipment is available. There are plenty of opportunities to practice first aid.

This 2 day (16 hour) course is recognised by the National Governing Bodies such as the Mountain Leader TrainingBritish Canoe UnioBritish Cycling, Forrest Schools, British Association of Snowsport Instructors etc. Be sure to check your NGB requirements. 

Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th March 2018

Download 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.


Kirklees DofE Annual Presentation Evening

Pres 2018

2018 Presentation was another fantastic night celebrating young people of Kirklees and their achievements and success in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The night was challenging for staff, volunteers, participants and their guests due to the snow and a lot of people had to cancel their plans very late in the day. But the night went on anyway!!

We had brilliant acts showing off their tallents from AMAZE and Shelley College. Mark Hudson from Huddersfield Town was presenting the awards and the Mayor of Kirklees was also there to show support to the young people.

Photos from the night can be found in the gallery and can be downloaded for you to keep.

Congratulations to all 940 participants that acheived an award in 2017 and thank you to all the volunteers,staff, parents and carers for helping them along the way!


Winter Residentials


Winter is Coming! And so are the Residentials.

It is the time to start thinking about your Gold Residential and we have two opportunities coming up at February Half Term. Winter WACKY is an opportunity to work with Young people with additional needs and disabilties helping to run different activities throughout the week. We also have our Canal & Conservation Residential where participants will be getting the hands dirty, working along the canal and in the woods to clear areas and do general maintance to improve the areas.

Winter WACKY Young Volunteer
Downloadable Letter

Canal & Conservation Residential
Downloadable Letter


Winter WACKY


Winter WACKY is making it's return!! A week long of activities for young people with additional needs and disabilities.

This years Winter WACKY will run from Tuesday 20th Feb - Friday 23rd Feb 2018. If you have not been before then why not have a look at our WACKY page and gallery to see the activities and fun we get up to.

Book early so not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Winter WACKY Young Person Letter
Downloadable Letter and Booking Form


Kirklees DofE Christmas Fayre


We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone for your valued support for the Christmas Fayre on Saturday. So much hard work was put in, not only on the day but also in weeks running up to the event. We had a fantastic turn out of over 2000 people having a go on all the activities and purchasing crafts made by the young people. It was also a pleasure to see such diversity of people from Kirklees attending and supporting the Fayre. 

Steve Dunn
Kirklees DofE Award Trust

Cummins Team Building Morning


Staff from Cummins in Huddersfield enjoyed a brilliant morning of team building and activities. Cummins have been a big supporter of Little Deer Wood sending staff on volunteer days to do jobs and have also helped to fund for different projects including the Accessible Low Ropes Course.

Everyone had a fantastic morning and got to see the fun and learning that has been a result of their support!



Raining Poppies Display @AMAZE


Participants at AMAZE in Almondbury have been working hard over the last few weeks to create this fantastic display shown above. During the sessions the young people have been recyling old 2L pop bottles, cutting them up and painting them to look like poppies. They then hung them from string in the trees to give this Raining Poppy effect. During the sessions they also talked about the importance of Remberance Day and the people who gave their lives in the wars and conflict from the past and present.

It is such a special display and we are all very proud of the hard work our volunteers and participants have put in to the display!!


The Grand Opening of The Accesible Low Ropes Course

Residential Project

The Grand Opening of Accessible Low Ropes Course in Little Deer Wood was attending by Major Stan Hardy - Deputy Lieutenant, Steve Dunn Chairman Kirklees DofE Trust, Anthony Llewelyn - Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Free Masons West Yorkshire, Anya Philip - of Cummins and many volunteers and participants show casing the elements.

The Low Ropes Course is the only accessible by all course outside of the Lake District. It has been designed so that everyone no matter what your abilty is able to take part in the course. The project has been 3 years in the making, finding the funding, finding a company to create and help to design, building of the course, testing and writing of the operation procedures.

It was an excellent event enjoyed by all that attending and we hope to see a lot of use from the Low Ropes Course in the future. Thank you to all that attending and all that have helped us in this project!

Have a look at the gallery at some of the photos taken from the event.


Bambi Arrives @ Little Deer Wood

Residential Project

Bambi has arrived at Little Deer Wood and she has taken pride of place in the entrance to the activity centre in Mirfield.

Bambi has been made by Cummins Inc. in Huddersfield out of Turbo engine parts.

Many Thanks to Chris Green, a technician in the Lab Ops Deptament at Cummins Turbo Technologies, St. Andrews Road, Huddersfeild.


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)


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)