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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

We pledge to 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.

In 2017/18 over 275,000 young people, almost 63,000 from a disadvantaged background, started their DofE in the UK, all embarking on at least three months of volunteering.

These record-breaking figures were supported by the launch of our Diamond fund, developed in partnership with the #iwill Fund, the National Lottery and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to enable more disadvantaged young people to do their DofE and take part in social action.

Throughout 2017/18 we also grew and diversified the volunteering opportunities we signpost to young people, introducing new providers such as the Mental Health Foundation and the Imperial Health Charity, to deliver quality volunteering experiences for DofE participants. And we supported DofE adult volunteers with resources and training to equip them with the skills to guide young people through their social action.



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””