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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 - DEADLINE DATE


We will be holding a Virtual DofE Award Celebration to celebrate the achievements of participants gaining their DofE and Certificate of Achievements during 2020. To be included in this celebration you must have completed your eDofE by Friday 4th December. #KirkleesDofEAchievement


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.




Thankyou to everyone that took part in VIRTUAL WACKY 2020!!

Unfortunately this year’s WACKY did not run as usual. But we were up for the challenge and this year we held WACKY with a difference, a VIRTUAL WACKY! During the first three weeks 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’. The activity ideas, challenges and videos will continue in the final three weeks of the summer too!!

All resources can be found on our WACKY page and will be sent out via email to those who have requested and also via social media.


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!!!


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.