Voluntary service to the local community Our Duke of Edinburgh students have ‘donated’ a total of 975 hours of voluntary work by completing their Volunteering sections over the past year! A HUGE congratulations to our fantastic DofE students and a HUGE thank you too! As a result, we have been awarded a Social Impact Certificate highlighting the contributions that our #ESGoodEggs have made within the community. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a nationally and internationally recognised programme for students aged 13-25. It is highly regarded by colleges, universities, and employers who are all looking for stand-out and well-rounded candidates for courses and jobs. The aim of the Award is to encourage students to participate in a wide range of activities outside of academic study to ensure they leave school as well-rounded individuals. The Award encourages the development of a range of transferable skills, including: self-confidence, leadership, planning and time management, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. Students participate in a year of training in expedition groups with their peers; the training programme involves navigation, camp craft, kit management, route and meal planning, and includes a first aid qualification. Students take part in three training day walks in the local countryside, followed by two overnight expeditions in the North York Moors, all supervised by qualified and experienced staff. DofE has given me the opportunity to help other people and make valuable contributions to my local community. Because of DofE I have built up resilience and perseverance that will help me with all that life throws at me.