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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.


Summer is here!! Open Award Centre Closures

The Summer holidays have arrived and that means that the Open Award Centres are now closed for the summer break!

Both Mirfield and Almondbury Open Award Centres will reopen week commencing 10th September 2018.





WACKY is making it's return!! Three weeks of activities 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

JUNIOR WACKY Young Person Letter
Downloadable Letter and Booking Form


Residential Opportunities


It is the time to start thinking about your Gold Residential and we have some opportunities coming up this Summer. WACKY is an opportunity to work with Young people with additional needs and disabilties helping to run different activities throughout the week. We also have our Canal & Conservation Residential where participants will be getting the hands dirty, working along the canal and in the woods to clear areas and do general maintance to improve the areas.

WACKY Young Volunteer
Kirklees Registered Group Participant - Downloadable Letter
AAP (Non Kirklees DofE Registered Group Participant)* - Downloadable Letter

Canal & Conservation Residential
Kirklees Registered Group Participant - Downloadable Letter
AAP (Non Kirklees DofE Registered Group Participant)* - Downloadable Letter

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

Kirklees Summer Play Camp Volunteers
Link to Kirklees Summer Play Camp website

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 for 2016. 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 OAC - 2018 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2018 Gold Autumn Walking Package (No Training)
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2018 Gold Autumn Walking Package (Including Training)
Letter and Booking Form

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


Gold paddle Expedition River Wye

Residential Project

Qualifier - 13-18th April 2019

134 Kilometers over four days down the beautiful River Wye - are you up for the challenge!

Based at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre, Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield, all paddle and expedition training is undertaken by experienced and qualified Instructors. Starting in September, you will be eligible for 6 months worth of open boat (Canadian) canoeing for your physical section, and a Residential Project is included too.

Places are limited to 24 paddlers so it is a case of first come first serve…

For timetable and further details please email: martin.bedford@kirklees.gov.uk

Spring 2019 Letter & Booking Form


Volunteer Week 2018 - THANK YOU!!!

Residential Project

This week is a very special week, Volunteer Week!! This week, as we do all year through, we thank all our volunteers for their hard work and time given up to help the young people in Kirklees achieve!!

All that we do could not be achieved with out the kindness of all our volunteers!



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.”


My Mirfield Award WINNERS!!


Little Deer Wood Activity Centre and Kirklees DofE has been voted WINNERS for a My Mirfield Award in the Activity Based Organisation Award category!!!

Everyone at the Centre would like to thank everyone that voted for us!!Winning is such fantastic news and shows recognition of what brilliant work is happening down at Little Deer Wood!

The MyMirfield Business and Community Awards were established to recognise those Mirfield-based businesses, events and organisations that had made a positive contribution to the residents or community of Mirfield over the previous 12 months.



Kirklees DofE AWARDED The Duke of York's Award!!


We are really pleased to have been awarded the The Duke of York's Community Initiative Award!!

This Royal Award is presented to community projects based in Yorkshire. The awarding projects need to be of real value to the community and an inspiration to others, well run and developed and led by the people they serve. Criteria that has been decided we fulfil!

It means for the next 5 years we can proudly show that we have been awarded this award. We are also invited to a ceremony in April at Shefield Cathedral where HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew will present all recipients with their award.

So a massive congratulations and thank you to everyone that is involved with Kirklees DofE and Little Deer Wood. It is such a positive and fantastic achievement!!


Gearstones Adult DofE Leadership Training Weekend

First Aid

The first weekend of February means it is that time for our annual DofE Leadership weekend training weekend. This years event saw leaders complete the DofE Courses, Expedition Supervisor and Expedition Accreddited Assessor. There were some leaders that completed their NNAS Bronze training and assessment. The weekend also included a number of workshops that looked at aspected of the young peoples expedition training, advance mountain craft for those looking to progress towards their Hill and Moorland Leader or Mountain Leader awards. Also a chance to look at how to run programmes in the award centres for other sections of the award.

The weekend was a great success with and enjoyable atmosphere and everyone being able to take something away from the training.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and were involved.


Kirklees DofE Annual Presentation Evening

Pres 2018

2018 Presentation was another fantastic night celebrating young people of Kirklees and their achievements and success in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The night was challenging for staff, volunteers, participants and their guests due to the snow and a lot of people had to cancel their plans very late in the day. But the night went on anyway!!

We had brilliant acts showing off their tallents from AMAZE and Shelley College. Mark Hudson from Huddersfield Town was presenting the awards and the Mayor of Kirklees was also there to show support to the young people.

Photos from the night can be found in the gallery and can be downloaded for you to keep.

Congratulations to all 940 participants that acheived an award in 2017 and thank you to all the volunteers,staff, parents and carers for helping them along the way!

Cummins Team Building Morning


Staff from Cummins in Huddersfield enjoyed a brilliant morning of team building and activities. Cummins have been a big supporter of Little Deer Wood sending staff on volunteer days to do jobs and have also helped to fund for different projects including the Accessible Low Ropes Course.

Everyone had a fantastic morning and got to see the fun and learning that has been a result of their support!


The Grand Opening of The Accesible Low Ropes Course

Residential Project

The Grand Opening of Accessible Low Ropes Course in Little Deer Wood was attending by Major Stan Hardy - Deputy Lieutenant, Steve Dunn Chairman Kirklees DofE Trust, Anthony Llewelyn - Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Free Masons West Yorkshire, Anya Philip - of Cummins and many volunteers and participants show casing the elements.

The Low Ropes Course is the only accessible by all course outside of the Lake District. It has been designed so that everyone no matter what your abilty is able to take part in the course. The project has been 3 years in the making, finding the funding, finding a company to create and help to design, building of the course, testing and writing of the operation procedures.

It was an excellent event enjoyed by all that attending and we hope to see a lot of use from the Low Ropes Course in the future. Thank you to all that attending and all that have helped us in this project!

Have a look at the gallery at some of the photos taken from the event.


Bambi Arrives @ Little Deer Wood

Residential Project

Bambi has arrived at Little Deer Wood and she has taken pride of place in the entrance to the activity centre in Mirfield.

Bambi has been made by Cummins Inc. in Huddersfield out of Turbo engine parts.

Many Thanks to Chris Green, a technician in the Lab Ops Deptament at Cummins Turbo Technologies, St. Andrews Road, Huddersfeild.


Forget Me Not Children's Hospice Volunteering Opportunities

Residential Project

Forget me Not Children's Hopsice currently have volunteering opportunities that might be of interest to DofE participants.

Please see the downloadable file for more information on the different opportunities and contact Jacquai Smith with your interest.

forget me not Volunteering Oppounities (.PDF, 444KB)


Pass it On Volunteering Opportunities

Residential Project

Yorkshire Children's Centre, Pass It On Charity Shops currently have volunteering opportunities that might be of interest to gold participants.

Please see the downloadable file for more information on the different opportunities and contact Jacquai Smith with your interest.

Pass It On Volunteering Oppounities (.docx, 676KB)