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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.

Chirstmas Fayre 2019 - Thank You


Thank you to all those who supported the Christmas Fayre at Little Deer Wood. It was a resounding success! We are really grateful for all the support we receive to help young people in our communities.


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.




Winter WACKY is back!! One week of activities over February half term 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

WACKY Poster
Downloadable Poster

Countryside Leader Award (CLA)

First Aid

Due to popular demand, we have decided to run a second CLA training course!
The Countryside Leader Award is a recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to to lead walking groups in lowland countryside, impart the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk, have responsibility for the care of others while leading a day walk and plan and lead overnight camps.

This qualification is ideal from leaders wanting to run Bronze and possibly silver expeditions in lowland countryside.

More information can be found at www.kirkleesdofe.org/littledeerwood/cla.html

Training: £180
Information Evening - 29th January 2020
Weekend - 7th - 9th February 2020
Assessment: £180
Weekend - 1st - 3rd May 2020
Combined including NNAS Silver on Passing: £360

Download Booking Form

To book on to this course you must meet the Pre-requisite experience, register with CLA and then fill in and send back the downloadable booking form and send it to dofe.awards@kirklees.gov.uk.
If you require any more information, please contact Danny Kirkpatrick.

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 Summer Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form (Kirklees DofE Registered)

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

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.


Dr Reddy's Celebration Event @ Little Deer Wood

Residential Project

As part of Dr Reddys ten year celebrations the staff from the Mirfield plant spent the day at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre. The DofE in Kirklees  are grateful to Dr Reddys for all their continued support so it was really good to have the  opportunity to welcome them and play host for their special event.  Dr Reddys staff were introduced to a variety of different  activities including bouldering, crate stacking, canoeing, archery, low ropes challenge, orienteering and geocaching.  They all worked really well together and supported each other through the various challenges.  Delicious Indian Cuisine was served in the log cabin and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  They had definitely worked up a very healthy appetite!

Residential Project

Manager of Reddy’s Mirfield, Ged O’Shea said that “Everyone who took part had a great time. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Volunteers who led the sessions. They have a knack  of encouraging everyone to support each other. Nobody is frightened of having a go at things they haven’t done before and we all help each other to do the best we can and have fun in the process, Thank you.”