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Kirklees DofE & Covid-19 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

#DofEWithADifference

The coronavirus doesn’t mean your DofE needs to stop – far from it. Whether you’re doing or delivering the DofE, everything you need to keep yours going can be found below or on the national website here: www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference

 

All Kirklees DofE updates can be found listed below.

***EMAIL SENT TO ALL AWARD LEADERS 9/6/20***

Hi All, Hope you are all well.

Last week I sat in the first DofE with a Difference workshop for the North Region and I thought it would be good to update you all. Attached are resources sent from DofE that outline what was said in the workshop. 

I wanted to highlight some of the points from the resources and my notes made.

2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement
- Availably across all Award levels
- This will be awarded to any young person who started their programme from summer 2019 onwards (this is currently being reviewed by DofE and maybe made earlier) and who has completed the Skills, Physical and Volunteering sections of their Award and had them approved by their Leader by the end December 2020 (again depending on the lockdown, second spike possibilities, this may change too).
- Certificates will be processed automatically by DofE via eDofE and sent to participants houses (DofE groups/LO will have no part in awarding or sending out these certificates). It will be worth making sure that participants have up to date information on their accounts, Name, Address, email, etc.
- Certificates are free and will be sent free of charge. 

Section Evidence
- There has been some flexibility given around activities from home and others that would not normally be allowed for the award. A lot of information and ideas have been posted on the dofewithadifference webpages and social media. Please check with us if you are unsure.
- Parents are not allowed to be assessors still. They can upload evidence to say what participants have been doing from home but the DofE are requesting that if no one else is available to do a report, the award leaders write a report about the updates and evidence given as to what they have achieved within that section.
- Participants are able to change activities more than once, this can be done on eDofE, however participants are still required to fulfil the time requirements of the level of award. Minimum one hour a week over so many months.
- Participants are also being advised to use the DofE app on smartphones as this is the easiest and quickest way to upload evidence.

Expedition
New programme flexibilities (temporary):
- Expedition terrain requirements have been relaxed; all expeditions can be completed in your local area.
- Bronze participants who are progressing to Silver can use their Silver Practice expedition as their Bronze Qualifying. (This is only Bronze to silver and not in place from Silver to Gold)

For more information on all the temporary expedition programme flexibilities, please visit https://bit.ly/2Z80r1h

Existing programme flexibilities (permanent):
- Think about running project-focused expeditions with fewer hours of journeying, which may be more suitable in the autumn.
- Indoor accommodation is acceptable at all levels. Explore the option of linking with local Scout or Guide groups to use their camp sites/ school halls.
- Running expeditions in the winter months and being able to carry extra kit for participants to keep warm and safe.

Kit
- You must think about if you lend kit out about how you are going to manage that kit, eg cleaning it between use, safety of the people cleaning the kit...

Notification Process
- All notification forms still need to be submitted to Kirklees DofE with the addition of a Covid-19 Risk Assessment.
- Gold Green forms for groups that decide to not enter Wild Country at this time must also still be sent to the North regional office so to obtain a DofE notification number to input on eDofE.

Insurance
- It is worth checking what cover is given from your insurers and to make sure it covers everything you are doing, such as Covid-19 cover, if you decide to camp inside school grounds, etc.

AT THIS TIME NO EXPEDITIONS CAN HAPPEN, however you may start to look at planning of potential future expeditions and appropriate training to begin via video calls or in small bubble groups with consideration to both Social Distancing and any government/local authority advice at that time. (There is an idea of local lockdowns being implemented)

When can expeditions be rescheduled for?
LOs must follow the Government guidance on lockdown:
• Social distancing measures need to be followed if they are still being applied, and decisions must be taken on whether this is practical on expedition
Follow all best practice guidelines. So, to meet this:
• The Government must have lifted the lockdown on people visiting the countryside
• Educational Settings (Schools/Colleges) must be back
• Education visits must be permitted
• Campsites must have reopened
• Social distancing rules must not pose a barrier to the expedition

Residential section
- At this moment, there are no changes to the residential section. Participants have until their 25th Birthday to complete the award. Any participant nearing this age can apply for an extension so to still complete the award and residential (or expedition) when it is safe to do so. Please contact us if this is something a participant may require in the near future.

Next Level
- Participants wanting to begin or progress to the next level of their award. They do not have to complete a full award before they can start the next level. However they can only progress on the sections they have completed at the previous level and must be with the age restrictions of the level.
- We encourage new enrolment forms to be sent to us via email and payment to be made over the phone via card. Please send completed forms back to dofe.awards@kirklees.gov.uk and either leave a message with how to contact you or ring 01484 225952 and speak to Danielle who can take card payments.

Temporary changes to the awards are expected to stay in place until the end of the summer 2021 however that can be changed at any point by the DofE nationally.

There are other points raised within the resources. I have just highlighted some of the answers to questions I have been most asked. There are still questions we can’t answer but we are doing the best we can with what we know at this time. However if you do have any questions, please do get in touch. The Kirklees DofE team are working hard to allow participants to continue their awards during this time.

There are some more workshops with the DofE that our staff are booked on to and we will send out information with any updates.

DofE national and regionally staff (not Kirklees DofE) are being furloughed at different times. So it may take time to get answers from the DofE but again they are doing the best with a situation put before them, like we all are.

Many Thanks for all your continued hard work at this time. I feel it is something we should all be very proud of being able to continue to provide and support young people in Kirklees, allowing them to continue their awards but also giving them something to focus on during these very different and weird times we find ourselves in.

 

***EMAIL SENT TO ALL LEADERS/VOLUNTEERS 19/5/20***

Hi All

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

I just thought I would update you with the new guidelines for the DofE released on Friday. Some of you may have already had the email below (from DofE) and others may have not but please take the time to have a read through and see about the new ways we can help young people achieve their awards in 2020.

There are so many different options for young people to now complete their award during the pandemic. #DofEWithADifference has lots of new activity ideas that can be done from home so please advise participants to take a look at https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference

There has been the introduction of the 2020 DofE Achievement Award at all levels. Participants completing their Volunteering, Skill and Physical sections in 2020 will receive this award. Bronze participants can then continue on to their silver award without having to complete an expedition and use their silver practice in the future as their Bronze Qualifier to gain their DofE Bronze Award. (This is not allowed for Silver to Gold).

There was a lot of guidance around the expeditions on Friday and still some more to come. Please have a read through this so far. Groups that complete their expeditions with Little Deer Wood, we will be sending out some more information very soon with some more details.

It is worth noting that we also received information last week that many of the National and Regional DofE staff had been furloughed so getting help from the DofE is taking a little longer now having Skelton staffing in place but they are still there to help. However the Kirklees DofE team are still here and very committed to help anyone completing their awards or with eDofE where we can. We have been contacting many of the groups and participants to help them through in this unprecedented time. If you do need help or know someone is struggling, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you all for your continued support of the Award!!
Stay Safe!!

 

 

***EMAIL SENT TO ALL CONCERNED 11/5/20***

Hi All

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 outbreak and official government advise, we are having to continue to cancel more events.

This includes:
King James Training Days
Salendine Nook Training (Day 2 & 3)
Ethos Expeditions
Additional Needs Expeditions (May & June)
June Open Expedition (Bronze including Royds Hall, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield Grammar, Newsome, North Huddersfield Trust)
King James Expeditions

Please bear with us
Obviously at the minute we are unsure about what exactly is going to happen in the future and further advice will be sent out in the coming weeks concerning events you may be booked onto or helping out with and what is going to happen next. We will hope to reorganise new dates or slot groups into other events already planned. Current government advise that has been given out still does not permit us to look at such dates as yet.

We will also have to look at groups that have missed training as they may not be able to go out on expeditions planned due to not completing the training. A lot of the rearranging won’t be possible until we know when the lockdown measures will be lifted, campsites reopen, transport to be available and also staffing of events, so please wait for us to contact you concerning this as we may not currently have an answer.

At this moment, I am sure you can all agree, the safety of our young people, volunteers, staff and extended families and friends needs to be our highest priority. So cancelling these events is the right thing to do.

Government advice
The Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Continuing DofE from home
There is a lot of information about how participants can continue their award from home. This can be found on both the national website and Kirklees DofE website. You may be able to continue or change your activities for your other sections so that you can continue with the award in these very strange times of lockdown. If you are unsure about how to continue or what activity to take up, please have a look at the ideas available and either contact your award leaders or the Kirklees DofE staff who are also supporting young people while working from home.

Making sure everyone knows this information
Please to help spread this information, we will be putting a post on the website http://www.kirkleesdofe.org/covid-19.html & Twitter to accompany this email.
School staff, please forward it to your students so that no one is missed.
Kirklees DofE staff/volunteers, please just confirm you have seen this email with a simply reply or message to Danny.

 

Thank you all for your concerns and continue support in this matter.
Please all stay safe and we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Kirklees DofE Team

 

***LETTER SENT TO OPEN AWARD CENTRE PARTICIPANTS 22/4/20***

Dear Participant and Parent,


We wanted to write to you personally about the DofE Award Centres and the challenges we face over the coming months. First and foremost though, my thoughts go out to all participants, volunteers, staff and friends who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope that by pulling together we can get through this very difficult time. 

Since Kirklees DofE Award Trust was founded in 2007, we have worked hard to represent all young people in the Authority and to allow them the opportunity to become involved in the World's number one achievement award for young people.

It is vital to remember that the Trust is run by volunteers. They are from all walks of life and of course they receive no pay for their tireless hard work. Thanks to their prudent management, and support from people like you paying subscriptions, and also schools and other organisations buying the services of Little Deer Wood, we have been able to continue to offer the DofE Award in Kirklees. This, despite austerity and severe council cuts. Elsewhere in many other areas of the country, DofE has been lost and this excellent opportunity for young people has disappeared.

The Trust has invested funding into offering interesting and fun activities at both Mirfield and Almondbury Open Award Centres. The Little Deer Wood site at Mirfield (where D Zone and the WACKY holiday activity scheme operate), has, through additional fund raising, been able to build a new craft workshop where activities such as woodwork will be offered to young people when they are allowed to return. The Almondbury Centre has been completely redecorated and has benefitted from a new equipment storage area. Consequently, unless you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown, it would be appreciated if you could please maintain your subscription if possible. This would help tide us over during this financial uncertainty. And of course, the DofE staff & Trust are available if anyone requires any individual support, so please don't hesitate to give us a call. This is an ideal time to complete most parts of the DofE.

Our web site has been updated with all the great activity ideas that are coming in to us. There are even some expedition training ideas and support on there. Please have a look at www.kirkleesdofe.org as we were one of the first areas to participate in #dofewithadifference
We have received so many messages of support for our staff and volunteers over the past few weeks and I personally thank you for these. We are a charity built on a passion for young people and introducing them to a myriad of opportunities and in particular the great outdoors. Your continued support is important.

Yours faithfully,

Kate Cross Kirklees DofE Award Trust Secretary
Denise Bedford MBE Kirklees DofE Manager

 

***EMAIL SENT TO ALL CONCERNED 17/4/20***

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 outbreak and official government advise, we are having to continue to cancel more events.

This includes:
April Open Expedition (Bronze & Silver)
Newsome Training Day
Salendine Nook Training (Day 1)
Ethos Training & Expeditions
May Open Expedition (Bronze)

Please bear with us
Obviously at the minute we are unsure about what exactly is going to happen in the future and further advice will be sent out in the coming weeks concerning events you may be booked onto or helping out with and what is going to happen next. We will hope to reorganise new dates or slot groups into other events already planned.

We will also have to look at groups that have missed training as they may not be able to go out on expeditions planned due to not completing the training. A lot of the rearranging won’t be possible until we know when the lockdown measures will be lifted, campsites reopen, transport to be available and also staffing of events, so please wait for us to contact you concerning this as we may not currently have an answer.

Borrowed Expedition Kit
If you have borrowed kit for the expedition. Continue to keep hold of this kit and keep it safe for the time being until we can confirm our next steps.

At this moment, I am sure you can all agree, the safety of our young people, volunteers, staff and extended families and friends needs to be our highest priority. So cancelling these events is the right thing to do.

Government advice
The Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Continuing DofE from home
There is a lot of information about how participants can continue their award from home. This can be found on both the national website and Kirklees DofE website. You may be able to continue or change your activities for your other sections so that you can continue with the award in these very strange times of lockdown. If you are unsure about how to continue or what activity to take up, please have a look at the ideas available and either contact your award leaders or the Kirklees DofE staff who are also supporting young people while working from home.

Making sure everyone knows this information
Please to help spread this information, we will be putting a post on the website http://www.kirkleesdofe.org/covid-19.html & Twitter to accompany this email.
School staff, please forward it to your students so that no one is missed.
Participants, please contact friends and group members to make sure they are aware of this email.
Kirklees DofE staff/volunteers, please just confirm you have seen this email with a simply reply or message to Danny.

 

Thank you all for your concerns and continue support in this matter.
Please all stay safe and we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Kirklees DofE Team

 

***EMAIL SENT TO ALL CONCERNED WITH CLA 17/4/20***

I think unsurprisingly, unfortunately due to the Covid-19 outbreak and official government advise, we are having to cancel the CLA Assessment.

Please bear with us
Obviously at the minute we are unsure about what exactly is going to happen in the future and further advice will be sent out in the coming weeks concerning the event you may be booked onto or helping out with and what is going to happen next. We will hope to reorganise new dates. A lot of the rearranging won’t be possible until we know when the lockdown measures will be lifted, campsites reopen, transport to be available and also staffing of events, so please wait for us to contact you concerning this as we may not currently have an answer.

At this moment, I am sure you can all agree, the safety of our young people, volunteers, staff and extended families and friends needs to be our highest priority. So cancelling events is the right thing to do.

Government advice
The Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Continuing CLA from home
Obviously we are very limited with what we can be doing however everyone has been sent their homework paper (Thank you to those who have already sent this back). If you haven’t done this, that is still to be done. There is also prep for your presentations/talks on the assessment when it happens and also you must make sure your logbooks are up to date.

Making sure everyone knows this information
Please to help spread this information via your social media groups so group members are aware of this email.
We will be putting a post on the website http://www.kirkleesdofe.org/covid-19.html & Twitter to accompany this email.
Kirklees DofE staff/volunteers, please just confirm you have seen this email with a simply reply or message to Danny.

 

Thank you all for your concerns and continue support in this matter.
Please all stay safe and we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Kirklees DofE Team

 

***OPEN AWARD CENTERS 17/3/20***

Due to the Government's announcement yesterday asking everyone to increase social-distancing, self-isolate and not to travel if possible, we've taken the difficult decision to close our Open Award Centre's after this weeks sessions, until further notice. Dzone will close after 17th March, and Amaze after 18th March. We will be keeping everyone updated via our website www.kirkleesdofe.org and on Twitter @KirkleesDofE.

Over this period we would encourage participants to use this time to update their eDofE and continue any part of their Award that they are able to do, or perhaps swap to a new skill, volunteering or physical activity that falls within Government guidelines in reducing the spread of
Covid-19. This could be learning a new skill at home such as sewing, playing an instrument, web design, gardening, life skills. If you are helping to support others, such as shopping for an elderly or vulnerable relative or neighbour then please also record this as volunteering. We have attached sectional activity logs for you to complete and upload to your account with details of any new activities you have been involved in. Please keep us updated so we can continue to promote the great work that young people do in Kirklees. Email addresses can be found below or message through your eDofE account.

Volunteering Activity Log (.PDF)
Skills Activity Log (.PDF)
Physical Activity Log (.PDF)

We will understand if you would like to cancel your standing order contribution for this month.

Thank you all for your concerns and continued support and we hope that sessions will be open as normal in the very near future.
Please all stay safe and we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Kirklees DofE Team

 

*** More Activity Ideas for the Covid-19 UPDATED 6/4/20 ***

We are trying to encourage everyone to continue with their Award or pick up their Award again where possible. There is some information on the website regarding how you could start completing your Award while we are socially isolating, www.dofe.org. If you already do a skill at home then you could log this, there are some Activity Log Sheets on our website and the main website. You could take up a new skill, online sign language is a popular one and BSL currently have a free course for those under 18. Take a look at main DofE website and see if there might be something that you could do at home for now. If you email me then I will take a look at your suggestion before you start.

https://www.dofe.org/coronaactivitytips
https://www.dofe.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Doing-your-DofE-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.pdf

It may be you have to change your activity for a while, I would ask that you confirm this with us prior to you starting it and also make sure that if falls within the Government guidelines on staying safe. I will be contactable via this email address.

Change of Activity Ideas

Switching Physical activities to something based at home may also be a good option. There are plenty of apps around that could help facilitate this e.g. Army Fit, the 100 press up challenge or home work outs.

 

Volunteering

 

Physical

Skill

Helping others at home

 

 

PE with Joe Wicks

English with David
Walliams (WorldofDavid
Walliams.com)

https://www.worldof
davidwalliams.com/
elevenses/

Missing Maps

https://www.missing
maps.org/

 

Trampolining

Music Lessons with
Myleene Class https://
www.youtube.com/
watch?v=8XXmBlTadys

Keeping in touch with vulnerable neighbours

Jogging (e.g. Strava)

 

 

DuoLingo

Raising cause awareness

 

 

Army Fit

First Aid – St John’s 
https://www.sja.
org.uk/globalassets/
documents/dofe/
dofeselfteach
workbook.pdf

Leonard Cheshire

https://www.leonard
cheshire.org/get-involved/
volunteer-us/social-action?fbclid=
IwAR1fEbq_
QovzVzu5SY38y
uh7wr29xOs5bjd8UH
b0Hdl57t7
pvMp5eAQThE

Cycling

iDEA online 
https://idea.org.
uk/faqs/organisers
/learnermanagement
/173%7Cidea-and
-the-duke-of-edin
burghs-award

Volunteer for BeMyEyes

 

 

Home workouts –
Search YouTube
e.g. 10 min workout
each day

Playing an
instrument

Community Care

 

 

Wii Fit

Vlogging

Help with providing
mealsfor the
community

 

 

Online Zumba lessons

DIY

Become an age UK
digital buddy

https://www.ageuk
.org.uk/getinvolved/
volunteer/become
-an-age-uk-digital-
buddy/

 

Yoga (Youtube –
Yoga with Adrian)

Tabletop Gaming
/ Board Games /
Gaming

Loving Hands

http://www.loving
hands.org.uk/

 

Fitness challenges
(e.g. 100 press up challenge,
plank challenge, step challenge)

Painting

Volunteer to translate

https://translators
withoutborders.org/

 

Learn a martial art

Learn sign language

https://www.british-sign.co.uk/

Gardening and the
Environment

 

 

Walking

Reading and
book reviews

Knitting / Crocket
hats for premature
born babies

Dance with Oti
Mabuse 
https://www.youtube
.com/user/
mosetsanagape

 

Science and Nature
with Maddie Moate
and Gregg https://
www.youtube.com
/watch?v=b7bi3x
OZpaM

Peer Education

Sport skills e.g. keepy uppy, dribbling, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball skills…

Maths with Carol
Vorderman (mathsfactor.com)

Animal Welfare

Skipping

 

Cooking, Baking or
Food Tech with Jamie
Oliver https://www.
channel4.com/
programmes
/jamie-keep-cooking-
and-carry-on

 

Communication - Teaching and using
social media positively
to contact your vulnerable friends and family. Writing letters

 

Table Tennis

Performing Arts – Singing,
Drama, Puppetry,
Circus Skills

Sports Leadership – Design and run sports classes (online or for your family)

 

Improve fitness  - doing many difference activities

Science and
Technology, STEM

 

 

Some of you may just need an assessors report and you can maybe email or ring the concerning assessors who might be able to find some time to now write your reports and upload them to eDofE. They can do this via www.dofe.org/assessor if they have your eDofE ID and level of award.

Please do get in touch if you require any support. We will continue to update our website with any other information along the way www.Kirkleesdofe.org

 

 

*** Alternative Activity Ideas for the Covid-19 UPDATED 26/3/20***

We have started a list of alternative ideas that participants can do at home until we get back to normality. We will add to it as more ideas come in.

Volunteering

  • Support siblings with school work

  • Design a learning programme for young children

  • Writing to elderly relatives and neighbours that are isolated.

  • Research and design flyers for charity.

  • Raise awareness of Covid-19 and how to prevent the spread – website, online poster etc.

  • Become an Energy Envoy – learn about saving energy and raise awareness of this. Projects can be found http://www.energyenvoys.org.uk/content/welcome. Please remember to stick to Government guidelines about staying in, not all of the project ideas are currently advisable.

Physical

  • Yoga – sessions can be found online

  • Running – log using Strava, Fitbit

  • Cycling – log using Strava, Fitbit

  • Keep fit – sessions can be found online/PE with Joe every morning at 9am on YouTube

  • Circuit training with a difference – use household objects to set up a circuit course.

Skill

  • First Aid – St John’s Ambulance have a self-teach First Aid workbook that is specifically designed for DofE that can be downloaded. You will need internet as there are links on there for supporting videos. https://www.sja.org.uk/dofeselfteachworkbook.pdf

  • Cooking or baking – Learn new skills in the kitchen cooking new recipes.

  • Design a recipe book using the ingredients that you have in your cupboard. Items such as egg are currently hard to come by, why not find alternatives to use to make cakes/buns etc.

  • Play a musical instruments – there are online courses and a number of music stars are doing weekly/daily sessions. Some teacher are teaching lessons via Skype/Facetime etc.

  • Gardening – learn about the upkeep of the garden. Plant seeds, grow vegetables/plants. Decorate some plant pots.

  • Build a website, learn coding. Plenty of online courses and information.

  • Design and make new board games.

  • Learn to draw, check out YouTube etc. for daily sessions.

Do not forget to check your change of activity with your award leaders/Kirklees DofE staff to make sure it is appropriate for both the section and is compliant with government advice.

We are also encouraging participants to share their ideas on social media with the hashtag #DofEwithadifference.

 

***EMAIL SENT TO ALL CONCERNED 17/3/20***

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 outbreak and official government advise, we have taken the hard decision to cancel events from further notice. This will be in effect until the Sunday 19 April where we will then be reassessing the situation and updated government advise closer to that time.

At the minute this includes:
March Expedition (Bronze, Silver & Gold Practice’s)
Greenhead Expedition Training Sessions
King James Silver Practice Expedition
Additional Needs Residential
Gold Spring Qualifying Expedition 

Please bear with us
Obviously at the minute we are unsure about what exactly is going to happen in the future and further advice will be sent out in the coming weeks concerning events you may be booked onto or helping out with and what is going to happen next. We will hope to reorganise new dates or slot groups into other events already planned. Please wait for us to contact you concerning this.

Borrowed Expedition Kit
If you have borrowed kit for the expedition at the weekend. Keep hold of this kit and keep it safe for the time being until we can confirm our next steps.

At this moment, I am sure you can all agree, the safety of our young people, volunteers, staff and extended families and friends needs to be our highest priority. So cancelling these events is the right thing to do.

Government advice
The Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Making sure everyone knows this information
Please to help spread this information, we will be putting a post on the website & Twitter to accompany this email.
School staff, please forward it to your students so that no one is missed.
Participants, please contact friends and group members to make sure they are aware of this email.
Kirklees DofE staff/volunteers, please just confirm you have seen this email with a simply reply or message.

 

Thank you all for your concerns and continue support in this matter.
Please all stay safe and we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Kirklees DofE Team