East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Youth and Family Support (YFS), hold the licence to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (D of E) in YFS Units and most schools/academies in East Yorkshire. The Award is a flexible and adventurous programme of activities for all young people aged between 13 1/2 to 25 years.
The Duke of Edinburgh's (D of E) Award is nationally and internationally recognised by colleges, universities and employers as a programme showing that young people have achieved and ‘done something different’ with their lives that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Over the last 60 years millions of young people across the globe, from all backgrounds and circumstances have given it their all through their D of E award.
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the D of E Award is launching the D of E Diamond Challenge, a D of E inspired challenge event asking everyone to get out of their comfort zone and Support the D of E.
2016 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, your friends and family (any age, anywhere) to 'do something different' and achieve the Diamond Award. The skydive you've always wanted to do, learn another language, doing a sport challenge, learn to bake - endless opportunities to achieve the Diamond Award. Your challenge can be as big or as small as you like. To find out more visit the Duke of Edinburgh Award website:
Duke of Edinburgh's Award (external website)
The award is available at three different levels dependent on the participant's age:
The bronze level can be completed in a minimum of 9 months
The silver level can be completed in a minimum of 12 months
The gold level can be completed in a minimum of 18 months
Whatever level is undertaken, a personal programme of activities is achieved that includes:
Each level can only be achieved in order from bronze to silver to gold. Due to the age restrictions, its impossible to do them out of a progressive order of bronze to silver to gold.
You can however start on a silver programme without having previously undertaken the bronze award. Likewise you can undertake the gold programme without having completed the bronze or silver. All awards must be completed by your 25th birthday.
Please note that, unless you are already 15yrs old and applying for silver, or 16yrs old and applying for gold, you can only enrol for the next award level if you have completed, and had approved, one section of the previous award
East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Youth and Family Support (YFS) Service hold the Duke of Edinburgh's Award licence to deliver all sections within the East Riding.
The YFS Service has produced a D of E Award promotional leaflet:
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (pdf 925kb opens in new window)
Anyone can take part in the award as long as they are aged 14 years or in year 9 at school when they enrol, and 25 or under when they complete the award.
You can read more about the levels and timescales involved in the D of E Award using the links in the further information section of this page.
Achieving the award can help you gain the skills and attributes that could make you a successful candidate for college, university and employment. You will gain self confidence, learn new skills, talents and meet new friends. It's all about getting out there and having fun.
The award is nationally and internationally recognised. Skills you can gain include:
Read more about reasons to do the D of E Award and the benefits you can gain using the links in the further informationsection of this page.
The Youth and Family Support (YFS) Service deliver the award though four YFS units (venues) around the county. These are located at:
Beverley Youth and Family Support Centre Burden Road Beverley HU17 9LW
Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College The Skidby Rooms Harland Way Cottingham HU16 5PX
Driffield School and Sixth Form The 6th Form Centre Manorfield Road Driffield YO25 5HR
South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College The Green Room Kingston Building East Dale Road Melton North Ferriby HU14 3HS
The Market Weighton School Library Spring Road Market Weighton York YO43 3JF
In addition you are able to undertake the award at a number of schools and academies in the East Riding including:
Telephone: (01482) 881531
Telephone: (01262) 672593
(Volunteer-led unit accessed via the D of E Team) Mobile: 07340 032981
Telephone: (01405) 768621
Telephone: (01262) 676198
Telephone: (01964) 532727
Telephone: (01430) 430448
Telephone: (01482) 657016
Telephone: (01405) 860327
Telephone: (01759) 302395
If you are interested in undertaking the award at your school, academy or youth club please contact the unit leader. Each school will have their own arrangements and costs. In such cases you should not complete the online application on this website.
However for YFS Units, applications can be made online.
Once your payment has been received you will be posted a welcome pack and emailed your D of E login details for the D of E website, you will also receive a list of dates of monthly progress meetings which you will need to attend.
You are required to attend monthly progress meetings in order to prepare you for all sections of the award. At the progress meetings you will be put into a team, so that you can establish an expedition group (minimum four, maximum seven per group).
You can view the monthly progress meeting scheduled for the five YFS units (venues) for 2016:
D of E Beverley Programme 2016 (pdf 88kb opens in new window)
D of E Cottingham Programme (pdf 113kb opens in new window)
D of E Driffield Programme 2016 (pdf 82 kb opens in new window)
D of E Haltemprice Programme 2016 (pdf 89kb opens in new window)
D of E Market Weighton Programme 2016 (pdf 90kb opens in new window)
Most expedition equipment can be borrowed but you will need:
You will need to provide your own food when on expedition, and you will be given training as to what to bring and what is nutritious and how to cook on a camping stove (a trangia).
You can read more about the kind of equipment you may need in the further information section at the bottom of this page.
Some activities may involve a level of hazardous activity. You can read more about supervision on the D of E Award website via the link under the 'supervision' subsection in the further information section at the bottom of this page.
On the application form you are asked to complete emergency contact details which will be kept on record, it is your responsibility to keep this up to date if the details change. Before the training expedition you will be asked to update this information if anything has changed.
Parents/carers will be contacted asap in the event of an accident or emergency whilst you are on expedition. D of E leaders are all experienced in first aid and expedition activities. They will have parents'/carers' contact details with them.
Applications for the current Duke of Edinburgh season have now closed.
If an award was previously started but not completed, the cost of restarting the award would depend on which sections have already been completed.
Please contact YFS service for more information and to discuss your circumstances further on:
Telephone: (01482) 392824
If you want to find out more about the D of E Award, what it is and how it is run, there is a lot of useful information for young people and parents/guardians on the D of E national website:
Duke of Edinburgh's Award (external website)
You can read more about the types of activities you can take part in on the activities section of the D of E website:
Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Activities sections (external website)
Read more about reasons to do the D of E Award and the benefits you can gain using the links below:
Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Why (external website)
You can read more about the levels and timescales involved in the award on the D of E Award website:
You can read more about the kind of equipment you may need on the D of E website:
You can read more about supervision on the D of E website:
If you require further details/information not included on this page please contact the D of E team within Youth and Family Support: