St Albans Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the Pioneer Youth Centre, St Albans

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) with Youth Connexions 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 19 (up to 25 for young people with additional needs) and ready to jump into the best time of your life.

WHY SHOULD YOU GET INVOLVED?
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh's Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for: from employers to colleges and even universities. It’s also about getting recognised for doing things you want to do - and may even be doing already. Above all, it’s great fun in an environment that will give you the necessary skills for life and work.

WHAT'S INVOLVED IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD?
Ideally you will start off at bronze level and work your way through progressively to silver and even gold.

WHAT MAKES UP THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD?
There are four elements:

  • Volunteering – undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical – improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills – developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition – planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or aboard

WHEN DOES THE ST ALBANS DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD TAKE PLACE?

  • Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

No need to book. Just drop in for a chat or contact Brian - details below.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THESE EVENINGS?
During the evening sessions you will have the opportunity to meet your co-ordinator and discuss any concerns you may have about the DofE award. Time will also be allocated to allow you to add details to edofe, which is the online system which records all your achievements and charts your progress. Support may also be available to carry out a particular element of your volunteering, physical or skills. For example, you may be able to carry out some cooking or take part in a physical activity.

As the expedition season gets nearer, you will also be and shown and taught about items that will prepare you for your expedition section. Usually this will cover the following areas:

  • Navigation and route planning
  • First Aid
  • Map and compass skills
  • Camp craft and field cooking
  • Countryside, Highway and Water Sports Safety Codes
  • Teambuilding activities
  • How to pack an expedition rucksack and much more...

Started your DofE but not finished it? You can complete your award with us - just get in touch or come along.

FACILITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS:
The Pioneer Youth Centre has limited accessibility for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility - all entrances and exits are wheelchair friendly and there is an accessible toilet facility, but no changing or hoist facility. The staff team are equipped to support young people with a range of learning and educational needs and keen to work with partners to support young people with sensory disabilities. Please contact Brian Kelly on 01438 844986 to discuss specific requirements.

Details

Venue: Pioneer Youth Centre, Heathlands Drive, St Albans AL3 5AY

Age Range: Bronze minimum age – 14, Silver minimum age – 15, Gold minimum age – 16

Cost: Costs varies

Timing and Repeats:
Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm.


Booking Info: Drop-in / no booking needed

Contact: Brian Kelly, tel:01438 844986

Organisation: Youth Connexions St Albans Team, tel: 01442 454060, email: yc.stalbans@hertfordshire.gov.uk, website: click here...

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