Skills and confidence grow as high numbers of young people complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Young people in Hampshire are more likely than those from other areas to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, boosting their employability, confidence and skills, and contributing to their communities along the way

Jun 23 2017

In the last year, some 69% of participants in Hampshire completed their DofE Award. This compares with 57% of participants across the South East Region. 

Leader of Hampshire County Council and Vice President of the Hampshire Duke of Edinburgh’s forum, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives many young people the self-assurance, inspiration and skills they need to succeed in adulthood. It’s a tough programme and not everyone completes it, which is why we’re especially proud that, in Hampshire, such a high proportion of young people are gaining the Award. 
“We believe Hampshire County Council’s range of training courses and support services for DofE centres, is a big factor in that high success rate. Running a DofE centre takes time, a good network of volunteers, and a detailed knowledge of the Awards’ requirements, and we’re grateful to those that provide this support.”  

In Hampshire, around 115 local schools, colleges and open centres operate as DofE centres. They work with the County Council, accessing support with activities such as recruiting new entrants, training scheme leaders, and finding volunteers to help run sessions, lead expeditions, and assist young people to set up their activities. This package of support, funded collectively by the centres that use it, enables a consistently high standard of training and resourcing to be maintained across centres in the county.

Emma Harris (15), from Petersfield, has just completed a Bronze Award and is now working on her Silver Award. She says: “I have really enjoyed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award so far. The new experiences are the best things. I had the opportunity to help young orphan refugees for the volunteering section.”

Ryan Niezgoda (17) is working on his Gold Award at the Basingstoke open centre. He says: “From completing Bronze to Gold DofE, I have learned valuable lessons throughout the journey. Not only do I now know how to map read, I can work as part of a team, effectively, to achieve our goal. Helping out with the community youth groups and at my local DofE centre, I have passed knowledge on, learned to adapt my social skills and training skills, and expanded my knowledge further. Completing the DofE Award has been one of the biggest, most valuable achievements I've ever accomplished.”

Alex Coyne-Cribb (16), from Waterlooville, has just completed his Bronze Award, enjoying hiking expeditions in the South Downs and the New Forest in the process. He’s currently working on his Silver Award, with canoeing expeditions on the River Medway and River Wye. Alex says, “The best part is the feeling of success and accomplishment.”

Currently more than 4000 young people in Hampshire are working towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award. For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Hampshire, including how to take part, and how to apply to be a volunteer, email: