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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.


VIRTUAL DofE Award Celebration 2021

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We will be holding a Virtual DofE Award Celebration to celebrate the achievements of participants gaining their DofE and Certificate of Achievements during 2020. We will have special messages from Steve Bate (British Gold Paralympian), DofE Centres, Local Charities, Mayor & Mayoress of Kirklees and Director for Children & Family Services, Mel Meggs.

The Celebration Premieres on YouTube, Wednesday 20th January, 6pm
Please click on this link to access the celebration

 The Celebration can be watched after the premiere at any time so if you are unable to join us, you can watch in your own time.You are also welcome to share the link with family, friends and other staff/volunteer members or supporters so they can watch too.

Certificates have been sent out to participant addresses saved on eDofE (unless your centre has requested them for their own presentation).  We are encouraging you to share photos of you with your certificates or doing your award on our Social Media (Twitter: @KirkleesDofE or @LittleDeerWood Facebook: @LittleDeerWood) using the hashtag #KirkleesDofEAchievement. We can then share your photos and achievements.

VIRTUAL Winter WACKY 2021

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Winter WACKY is back this Feb Half Term and we will be running a Virtual programme including a variety of activities such as activity sheets, quizes, video sessions and live virtual sessions on MS Teams.

WACKY Letter Download
WACKY Poster Download

You can access most of the resources through the website and our social media. Or you can register with Heidi to have resources emailed to you direct. You must book to be able to take part in the Ms Teams session with Heidi.

 

KIRKLEES ADVENTURE TRUST’s THANK YOU!

Kirklees Adventure Trust would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that voted for them. There was a lot of competition and we were lucky enough to be a £5000 winner.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation. Through the scheme, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office. One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote. As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

 

Kirklees Social Impact Certificate during Covid-19

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DofE have sent us the the above certificate that shows the amazing amount of voluntary service that has taken place by our young people.

Throughout Kirklees 15,158 hours have been donated which DofE have converted this into a social value £65,937.30. This is an amazing achievement and well done to everyone that has adapted and kept up with their awards!

 

Volunteering Week - A BIG THANK YOU!

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With it being Volunteering week, we just wanted to take the chance to say Thank You to everyone that supports and volunteers for both Little Deer Wood and Kirklees DofE!! We could not give young people of Kirklees the fantastic opportunities and experiences with out your help!
Although these opportunities have been very few in 2020 due to Covid-19, we have been working hard to continue supporting young people achieving their DofE awards from home so that when the time comes and we are ready to continue our adventures in the outdoors.

 

Countryside Leader Award Training Weekend

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Despite the weekend being very wet and windy at times, our future expedition leaders showed great resilience and lived up to the challenges of the weekend.

Candidates developed their expedition skills and leadership skills to put them on track to go on an assessment in May and become qualified outdoor walking leaders.

A huge WELL DONE to you all for sticking with it on a difficult weekend of weather conditions!!!

 

The Queen's Award - WINNERS!

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The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

We are really pleased to announce that our DofE volunteers have been presented with the Queens Award for outstanding service. A big thank you to everyone who works tirelessly to support over 5000 local young people.