Cumbria Outdoors - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the world's leading youth achievement award, preparing 14 to 24 year olds for life and work by equipping them with the skills, experience and confidence to successfully navigate adult life. A DofE programme enhances a young person's CV and helps them to stand out in a competitive world. A DofE programme is designed for the individual and enables a young person to set personal goals, build the skills needed for the future and volunteer for causes that matter for them. 

There are 3 progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. There is no real time limit when it comes to completing a DofE programme. As long as participants are under 25 years old when they complete all their activities in their programme, they are free to work at a pace that they're comfortable with and can achieve their Award.

More details can be found on the DofE website

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Co-ordinator, who is responsible for the Coordination of Cumbrian Schools participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme, is based at Cumbria Outdoors, Hawse End Centre, ensuring the provision of high-quality services for young people. Schools in Cumbria can deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award under Cumbria County Council's licence free of charge.

Schools delivering DofE under Cumbria County Council's licence also use the Evolve educational visits online notification and approval system free of charge for DofE Expeditions.

To take part in the DofE, participants pay a nominal participation fee for which they are allocated a Participation Place within eDofE - the interactive online system that helps young people manage their DofE programme and enables Leaders to monitor their progress. A centre would purchase places required from Cumbria County Council and charge the participant accordingly - this could also incorporate a cost for the Expedition. 

If you want to find out more about becoming a DofE Centre in Cumbria please contact Lisa Hignett - details below. 

Cumbria Outdoors also has an Open Award enrolment system for young people unable to participate through school - please enquire if you require information and an application form for this. 

Please contact the DofE Co-ordinator Lisa Hignett for further details:

Telephone: 01768 812280

Email:lisa.hignett@cumbria.gov.uk