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.
The cost of undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh's Award with the YFS service is as follows:
Read more below about what is included in the costs and how to pay.
A bursary fund is available to help with costs in certain circumstances - see also below.
When completing the online application form you will be asked at the beginning if you wish to pay by instalments or in full. After you have completed the application form you will be taken to a payment screen to pay your chosen amount by credit/debit card. A receipt will then be emailed to you straightaway.
If you are unable to make payment using a credit or debit card, please contact YFS service to discuss payment options on:
Telephone: (01482) 392824
If you have chosen to pay in instalments then you will be invoiced for the remainder of the amount as follows:
This is to be paid online by debit or credit card during completion of your online application.
You will receive an invoice for the second instalment by post which will need to be paid by 30 June 2016.
A Dewhirst Charitable Trust Duke of Edinburgh bursary fund is available to those young people who:
The list of benefits or allowances that qualify someone for the bursary fund are as follows:
The bursary fund is provided by a generous donation from the Dewhirst Charitable Trust.
There is a separate online form for you to complete if you qualify and want to apply. If you meet the conditions in the section above, go ahead and complete theonline formfollowing the instructions on the form.
You will not need to make any payment at this stage. If you receive one of the named benefits you will need to supply evidence. You can upload your evidence onto the online bursary application form (only one piece of evidence is required).
Other ways to submit your evidence are:
Support Services (Duke of Edinburgh Award) Room CF59 East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA
Once your evidence has been received, and your application has been considered, you will be contacted by email to let you know if the application for a bursary has been successful and what to do next. Please supply your evidence within three weeks of applying or your application will lapse.
You can apply for a bursary and apply for a place on the D of E Award at the same time by completing a single form by using the bursary application link in the section on how to apply further down this page.
The bursary fund will pay for 75% of the cost of each level of the award (see further down the page for what is and what isn't included) reducing the actual cost to:
This will need to be paid when you have received confirmation that your application has been successful, but you will be able to choose to pay in two instalments if you wish as follows:
This is to be paid online by debit or credit card when you have received confirmation that your application has been successful.
This is to be paid by 30 June 2016, you will be sent an invoice by post.
In addition, if successful in applying for a bursary you will receive a £75.00 Mountain Warehouse voucher to assist with buying expedition equipment or clothing.
You can read more about the kind of equipment you may need in the further informationsection at the bottom of this page that may incur additional costs for participants.
You can apply to take part in the awards using the online form links below. The links will be removed when we stop taking applications.
Please note: online applications can only be made until Thursday, 30 June 2016. Applications received after this date will not be processed.
Apply for the Duke of Edinburgh award
Apply for the Duke of Edinburgh bursary and award
If you don't have a credit or debit card (required for applying online) please contact the D of E team to discuss alternate methods of applying and making payment on: Email: email@example.com
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:
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: