The Duke of Edinburgh to host DofE Gold Award Presentations
The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), will host receptions in London, Belfast and Edinburgh to celebrate young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Award. The receptions will be held on the following dates:
- Buckingham Palace – Wednesday 24th May
- Hillsborough Castle – Thursday 25th May
- Palace of Holyroodhouse – Thursday 6th July
The Earl of Wessex, Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, and The Countess of Wessex will also attend the reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of Edinburgh has attended over 500 Gold Award Presentations since the DofE was founded in 1956. During the receptions, His Royal Highness will meet young people and hear about their journey to achieve a Gold Award, which takes a minimum of 12 months through the five sections:
- Volunteering – service to others or the community
- Physical – achieve a certain standard of health and fitness
- Skills – develop practical skills and nurture personal interests and talents
- Expeditions – execution of an outdoor challenge
- Residential – undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops over 400,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK. Founded by His Royal Highness in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in 10,800 DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 2,600 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.
In total, over six million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.7 million Awards since 1956.
The DofE is supported by UK employers including British Gas, RSM, Amey, Heathrow, DFS and Royal Mail who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.
In 1988, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation was established and, since then, has made DofE programmes available to young people in more than 140 countries and territories. Nelson Mandela was the founding Patron-in-Chief of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (the Award in South Africa).
For more information about the DofE go to www.DofE.org.
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