The Duke of Edinburgh Awards is asking for people to share their memories and stories of the scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Scotland is to celebrate the life of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, as an inspirational and committed champion of young people.
The Scottish arm of the organisation has invited people to share their memories and stories of the scheme at DofE.org.
Sixty-five years ago, Prince Philip established the DofE Award and since then it has been heralded as one of the Duke’s most remarkable achievements.
The DofE say that the initiative is woven into the fabric of the UK, equipping and empowering young people from all communities to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life and make a difference to the world around them.
They are widely established throughout Scotland and last year 20,159 young people started their programmes with 11,419 Awards were achieved.
The scheme works with thousands of organisations across the UK, including schools, academies, youth groups, businesses, voluntary organisations, fostering agencies, young offender institutions and hospitals, enabling young people from all backgrounds and circumstances to enjoy and benefit from the challenge of taking on DofE.
Tom Chalmers, 27 year-old primary school teacher shared his experience of the scheme and how he benefited.
He said: “Taking part in the programme started me on paths that are important parts of my life now. I started volunteering as a coach at a local youth football club and volunteering with the Beavers section of the Scouts and these two things have led to me developing skills that led to me becoming a teacher.
“The programme was great for me and I'm sure it has had the same impact on thousands of others and the people.”
Iona Young, a 23 year-old journalist also had a positive experience as part of the scheme, she said: “It felt wild at the time since we were all like 16 but over all it was a brilliant experience. It’s great for kids In the city to get that kind of outdoors survival experience they might not get otherwise.”
Ruth Marvel, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: “The Duke’s timeless vision for young people has never been more relevant or needed. The DofE has played a crucial role in supporting young people to survive and thrive despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, and we will continue to build on his legacy.”