A Golden Day for Niamh

2018 has been another successful year for our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Congratulations to so many incredible and inspiring young people who received their Gold DofE Awards at Holyrood Palace this July. And a huge thank you to the volunteers and groups who make the Award happen.

‘I can honestly say that without doing my Gold Award I wouldn't be the confident, resilient person I am today.’

Niamh Jarvis, who achieved her Gold Award via the Friends of the Award open award group had this to say,

‘I started my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at a time when my life was dominated by my mental health problems. It allowed me to gradually introduce changes to my life, encouraging active participation in a growing range of activities - escalating from starting a blog in the beginning to doing the Mountain Leader training course at the end.

Having the framework of the Gold Award helped facilitate my recovery, and gave me a context in which to truly reflect on my growing achievements. I can honestly say that without doing my Gold Award I wouldn't be the confident, resilient person I am today.’

‘A record 1,390 young people started their DofE programme via The City of Edinburgh Council last year’.

As part of the Holyrood celebrations, the council was awarded a licence certificate, marking our renewed commitment to supporting the delivery of life-changing Duke of Edinburgh programmes to young people across the City.

Barry Fisher, Director for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Scotland, says, ‘Congratulations to the young people from Edinburgh who received their Gold Awards at Holyrood Palace. A record 1,390 young people started their DofE programme via The City of Edinburgh Council last year. We continue to work with our partners in the Council to ensure all young people in Edinburgh who want to do their DofE programme have the chance to get started – regardless of their background or abilities.’

The estimated value of our participant’s contributions to their community through the Volunteering section of the Award in 2017/18 is 25,380 hours or £102,789. A fabulous achievement.

Niamh Jarvis and a fellow pupil at St Thomas Aquin’s accepting an award

Gold Award recipients Niamh Jarvis and a fellow pupil at St Thomas Aquin’s, Ittihad Ahmed, accepted the licence certificate on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Footnote: The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. The City of Edinburgh Council, via the Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit, is a Licensed Organisation supporting our schools and community groups in delivering the Award. We are also an Approved Activity Provider via our Outdoor Centres; delivering Award expeditions and residentials.

There are three levels of the programme: Bronze, Silver or Gold and 5 Award sections; Volunteering, Physical Activity, Skills, Expedition and Residential (Gold only).

For further information on being a DofE participant or volunteer, please contact or call 0131 551 4370.

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