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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a programme of activities that leads to a recognised award that proves you have a certain level of skill and have recognised personal qualities. It is for young people aged 14-24 years old (up to 25 with disabilities) and we prioritise the following targeted cohort of young people:

  • Young People who have a disability / SEND / Mental Health
  • Children in Care / Young Carers / on a CIN & CP
  • In receipt of free school meals and pupil premium
  • NEETs
  • Risk of exclusion or in alternative education
  • At risk of Offending or Young Offenders

You can do the programme at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold.

To achieve an award you must complete a personal programme of activities in your spare time, under four sections (five if you’re going for the Gold award):

  • Skills Section – e.g. learn a musical instrument or improve your photography skills
  • Volunteering Section – e.g. choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals 
  • Physical Section – e.g. learn a new sport or style of dance
  • Expedition – be a member of a team, plan and prepare your expedition, e.g. sailing, hiking or horse riding.
  • Residential (Gold Award) - spend 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.

The award will help you to:

  • Challenge yourself
  • Have new experiences
  • Meet friends and learn how to work in a team
  • Discover hidden talents
  • Make a difference in the local community
  • Get fit
  • Gain confidence

Ask your teacher, youth club leader, scout or guide leader if you can do the award through your school or club. If you can, they will tell you how to get started and help you through your award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards is launched through six Wandsworth Youth Centres.

Applications are ONLINE ONLY!

The six youth centres are:

  • Roehampton Base (Roehampton)
  • Kimber Skatepark and BMX track (Tooting)
  • Devas Youth club (Battersea)
  • Tooting Hub (Tooting)
  • TRC Youth Centre (Central Wandsworth)
  • George Shearing Centre (Clapham Junction) Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs

You will need to attend a Wandsworth Youth club in order to do the DofE award with us. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Charles Luscombe
Contact Position
Early Help Support Officer


Registration Costs for Each Award

1. Bronze Award - £24
2. Silver Award - £24
3. Gold Award - £31

Expedition Costs (We are unable to offer refunds on registration costs and expeditions).

Bronze Award - £222 (inclu vat)
Silver Award - £306 (inclu vat)
Gold Award - £427 (inclu vat)

Expedition costs are to be paid in full at the time of joining unless your child meets our targeted cohort criteria. ONLY if your child meets the targeted cohort criteria will you be eligible for payment plan. This will consist of a £50 deposit payable at the time of joining. The remaining balance will be due before expeditions dates.

Last updated: 21 Mar 2023