The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 and 24 years. Our mission is to inspire, guide and support young people – giving them the opportunity to experience new activities, develop skills and enhance their employability whist giving something back to their communities. There are three progressive levels that, once completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition and an extra Residential at Gold. It is designed to be non-competitive, achievable by all, personalised and balance. It demands long-term commitment – it takes 12-18 months to complete the Gold.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in London works with over 42,000 young people a year who take on a DofE Award through local authorities, secondary schools and academies, youth organisations, housing associations and charities. The DofE helps young people from a range of community groups including young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), faith groups, and those experiencing disadvantage.
Whilst dealing with the usual pressures of growing up many of the young people we support also have to navigate challenges no young person should face; poverty, lack of aspiration, lack of role models as well as vulnerability to crime. Whilst the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is for all young people, those from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit the most. The DofE in London helps over 10,000 disadvantaged young people take part in the award every year. The Peter Cruddas Foundation is supporting those from the poorest communities in London to take on a life changing Award, reach their full potential and shine. By investing in these young people, we are working in partnership to support the leaders of tomorrow.