Duke of Edinburgh SEND Leader

Support the Hampshire DofE Team with volunteering for a SEND DofE Centre in Andover

About the opportunity

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. DofE programme has three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Participants in the Award gain new experiences, meet new people, challenge themselves and have fun, whilst gaining new skills and building confidence.

We are seeking leaders with SEND experience to help support our Andover (Mencap) Open Award Centre. A thriving centre with wonderful participants and volunteers.

Tasks and duties

As a DofE leader you will work with young people within an Open Award Centre, alongside other volunteers, to help them achieve their Awards. Leaders are responsible for a DofE group. They lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, agree their programme choices and approve their progress in eDofE.

  • To assist within Andover Open Award Centre, providing support on evening meetings and/or weekend expeditions with young people with SEND.
  • To lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people to complete their Awards.
  • To assist in alternative SEND-minded DofE activity preparation


You will be able to access DofE specific training – including DofE safeguarding.

There is potential for MiDas, First Aid and Navigation training – this is dependent on centre requirements.


There will some evening and weekend commitments depending on the requirements of the DofE Open Award Centre.

Who we are looking for

You will

  • have previous experience of teaching or working with SEND young people
  • be friendly, enthusiastic, patient and have a good sense of humour
  • by happy to work in a team
  • have a love for the outdoors, walking and camping.

How to apply

To find out more contact Hampshire Outdoors, phone 01962 876218 or email: [email protected]

Prospective volunteers will need to provide two recent references. A DBS check will be undertaken for this volunteering opportunity.