Duke of Edinburgh open evening

The Duke of Edinburgh meets DofE particpants.

The Duke of Edinburgh meets DofE particpants.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award Angus Open Unit is holding an open evening for parents and possible participants at Arbroath Academy this Monday (October 24).

Running from 6.30 to 8pm the event offers an opportunity to get involved to young people (aged 14 to 25 years) who didn’t get the chance to undertake or complete the award with their school or voluntary organisation.

There are three levels of Duke of Edinburgh Award (bronze, silver and gold). Each level has four sections, volunteering, physical, skill and expedition, with gold also having a residential section.

A minimum start age is applied to each level (14 for bronze, 15 for silver and 16 for gold). Participants can undertake one or all three levels and have up to the age of 25 to complete one or all the levels. While there is a minimum time applied to gain the award, it is up to the individual about how long they take to complete it.

The scheme can be challenging and it does enhance life skills. The expedition gives participants the opportunity to increase their independence, self-sufficiency and confidence, including considerations of risk and consequence, which benefit them as they mature into young adults.

The award is recognised by many organisations, including universities and employers that look for young people who display strong self-management, problem solving, communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to work with others.

Positive attitudes, emotional intelligence, capability and determination are also high on the agenda and can be achieved with the help of the award scheme.

For further information contact Rikki Beattie, Communities Officer, Youth Team Schoolhouse, Arbroath Academy, Glenisla Drive, Arbroath, DD11 5JD, (01241) 438254 or beattier@angus.gov.uk