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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

  • Grow the availability of the DofE so that by 2021 there will be 350,000 young people starting their DofE every year, 70,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are growing the number of centres offering The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) year on year; in 2016/17 there were 10,800 centres across the UK. By increasing the number of opportunities for young people to do their DofE, more young people take part in social action through their volunteering element.

With the vast majority of UK secondary schools and academies and a wide range of other organisations choosing to run the DofE, over 271,000 young people started a DofE programme in 2016/17, more than any other year in the Charity’s history.



Peter Westgarth, CEO
““Hundreds of thousands of young people volunteer across the UK every year as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).  This not only has a positive effect on their communities, but also on the lives of the young volunteers themselves. In a survey by the CIPD, HR professionals chose the DofE as the most recognised volunteering programme a candidate can reference when applying for jobs; a DofE Award is seen by employers as a valuable asset because of the skills and attributes it demonstrates that young person has to offer such as team working, resilience and drive. It’s this double benefit that is so fantastic about the Volunteering section of the DofE and why many young people continue to volunteer after achieving their Award””