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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.


Residential Opportunities


It is the time to start thinking about your Gold Residential and we have some opportunities coming up this Summer. 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.

WACKY Young Volunteer
Kirklees Registered Group Participant - Downloadable Letter
AAP (Non Kirklees DofE Registered Group Participant)* - Downloadable Letter

Canal & Conservation Residential
Kirklees Registered Group Participant - Downloadable Letter
AAP (Non Kirklees DofE Registered Group Participant)* - Downloadable Letter

* If you are not registered to a Kirklees DofE Group, you will need the Approved Activity Provider (AAP) Letter.

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 28th – Sunday 29th April 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.



WACKY is making it's return!! Three weeks of activities for young people with additional needs and disabilities.

WACKY offers a packed programme of activities run from Little Deer Wood Activity Centre. Activities include arts, craft, DJ workshop, Circus Skills, music, adventurous activities and much, much more!! 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.

WACKY Young Person Letter
Downloadable Letter and Booking Form



My Mirfield Award WINNERS!!


Little Deer Wood Activity Centre and Kirklees DofE has been voted WINNERS for a My Mirfield Award in the Activity Based Organisation Award category!!!

Everyone at the Centre would like to thank everyone that voted for us!!Winning is such fantastic news and shows recognition of what brilliant work is happening down at Little Deer Wood!

The MyMirfield Business and Community Awards were established to recognise those Mirfield-based businesses, events and organisations that had made a positive contribution to the residents or community of Mirfield over the previous 12 months.



Kirklees DofE AWARDED The Duke of York's Award!!


We are really pleased to have been awarded the The Duke of York's Community Initiative Award!!

This Royal Award is presented to community projects based in Yorkshire. The awarding projects need to be of real value to the community and an inspiration to others, well run and developed and led by the people they serve. Criteria that has been decided we fulfil!

It means for the next 5 years we can proudly show that we have been awarded this award. We are also invited to a ceremony in April at Shefield Cathedral where HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew will present all recipients with their award.

So a massive congratulations and thank you to everyone that is involved with Kirklees DofE and Little Deer Wood. It is such a positive and fantastic achievement!!


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.


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!

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!


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)