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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.



As you might have guessed, unfortunately this year’s WACKY will not be running as planned. We have looked at various options but can’t offer a physical WACKY at this time. But you know us, we are up for a challenge and this year we are holding WACKY with a difference, a VIRTUAL WACKY! We will be running 2 online sessions a week as well as sending out activity ideas and challenges for young people to complete in their own time. We are also putting together some ‘how to videos’.

Download Information Sheet

An information sheet that has been sent out to young people, schools and can be downloaded above. If you know of anyone that might be interested then please pass on the document and ask them to get in touch so we can register them. To keep the young people safe online we are asking that people do not share the link and get in touch for an individual link.

If you would be interested in joining us for any of the sessions then please let us know via heidi.langton@kirklees.gov.uk and she can send you a link to the session/s.

Activity sheets and YouTube videos will also be posted to our WACKY page each day they come live.




Kirklees Adventure Trust that supports both Kirklees DofE and Little Deer Wood Activity Centre, is a finalist with a chance to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win.

Persimmon Homes is backing Kirklees Adventure Trust to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes.

Steve Dunn, Chairperson of Kirklees Adventure Trust said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.”

Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/ or click the button below and select Kirklees Adventure Trust and vote for us. We would really appreciate everyone’s support.

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.

Online voting opened on 27 July and will close at midnight on 18 September 2020.

You can vote once a day from the same IP address so please vote as often as you can.

Thank you for voting and please feel free to share with everyone you can to give us the best chance possible!!


Kirklees Social Impact Certificate during Covid-19


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!


Kirklees DofE & Covid-19 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read the latest Kirklees DofE & Covid-19 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION by clicking on this link.


Volunteering Week - A BIG THANK YOU!


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


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!!!


Awards Presentation Evening 2020


It was an amazing night of celebration at our annual Kirklees DofE Presentation Evening. Participants from Kirklees schools, colleges, voluntary groups and Open Award Centres came to celebrate their achievements of gaining their Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards.


We had preformances from Shelley College and King James's School throughout the night along with a variety of videos.


We also we really pleased to have The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service presented to the Kirklees Award Trust on behalf of everyone involved in Kirklees DofE and Little Deer Wood Activity Centre, by the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.

Photos are now available to be downloaded from our Photo Gallery by clicking here.



The Queen's Award - WINNERS!


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.


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. 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 Open Award - 2020 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form (Kirklees DofE Registered)

AAP* - 2020 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form (Non Kikrlees DofE Registered)

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

(Dependent onGovernment advice nearer the time)