• The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a world leading youth charity which gives 14-24 year olds, across the UK and from every possible background, the chance to develop skills for life and work.

    A DofE Award is a game-changer. Our structured programme of volunteering, physical and skills-based challenges inspire, guide and support young people to succeed.

  • I really enjoyed my DofE, even though it is a challenge that requires resilience and determination, it helps you develop your existing skills and teaches you new ones. The DofE also gives you a chance to help people in your community, build friendships and learn something new.

    Maia, Silver Award holder, London

How the partnership will support the DofE charity

The DofE sets young people up for their futures: upskilling them to continue in education or get a job, improving their mental and physical wellbeing, and opening-up their worlds to new friends, challenges and experiences.

Our ambition is for all young people to have the opportunity to do their DofE, particularly those who face disadvantage, for whom achieving an Award can be life changing.

The DofE is a great life experience in every way. It allows you to grow as an individual and develop skills that you didn’t know you had. It is a catalyst for being a better version of yourself and the expedition is a great way to bond with your friends.

Miranda, Bronze Award holder, London

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s support will help us extend our reach in London so that more young people gain the benefits of starting and achieving an Award, no matter their background. We’ll focus on areas of deprivation, financing participation and equipment, so that cost isn’t a barrier to taking part. We’ll work with our centres, such as schools and youth groups, to train those managing DofE delivery so that young people get the best possible support with their DofE programmes.

Through this investment, communities across the capital will be enriched with more passionate and driven volunteers, businesses will benefit from more work-ready competent recruits and crucially, more young Londoners will be given the confidence to shine.

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