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Support for young people during summer 2020

YC Hertfordshire Dacorum Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Hemel Hempstead Young People's Centre

Sport / Outdoor Adventure

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, you just need to be aged between 13 and 17 and ready to jump into the best time of your life! The Dacorum DofE project is for young people in the Dacorum district and is held fortnightly on Wednesdays at the Hemel Hempstead Young People’s Centre (see below for dates).

Why should you get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?
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?
You will start off at the Bronze Level and work your way through the Silver Level.

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 completing an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad

When does the Dacorum Duke of Edinburgh's Award take place?

Every other Wednesday, 6-8pm

There's no need to book. Just drop in for a chat or contact the team – dates and 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 the online system eDofE, which charts your progress and records all your achievements.

Support is also available to assist you with completing a particular element of your volunteering, physical or skills challenges. 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 learn about items that will prepare you for your expedition section and cover the following skills:

  • 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

Started your Duke of Edinburgh's Award but not finished it?
You can complete your award with us - just come along or get in touch to find out more.

The YC Hertfordshire Hemel Hempstead Young People's Centre is fully wheelchair accessible.


Venue: Hemel Hempstead Young People's Centre, XC Centre (First Floor), Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4JS

Age Range: 13-17

Cost: Free

Timing and Repeats:
Every other Wednesday, 6-8pm

20th November 2019
4th December 2019
8th January 2020
22nd January 2020
5th February 2020
26th February 2020
11th March 2020
25th March 2020
4th April 2020 (Bronze Training Day)

Booking Info: Possible, but not necessary

Organisation: YC Hertfordshire Dacorum Team, tel: 01442 454060, email: yc.dacorum@hertfordshire.gov.uk, website: click here...

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