Wakefield Council celebrates Duke of Edinburgh award

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Wakefield Council has been recognised for helping thousands of young people in the district to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), at a Gold Award Presentation event at Buckingham Palace.

Stephen Crofts, Service Manager for the Council’s Youth Service and Nick West, Team Manager, were presented with a plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter and former Olympic gold medal winning athlete Sally Gunnell. This was in recognition of Wakefield Council’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives. 


On the same day four young people from the district, Aaron Musgreave 18, Lily Sunderland, 18, Staci Foley-Hall, 18, and Rose McCarthy, 19, all received their Gold DofE Awards at the Palace.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: “It is great to have this recognition. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing.”

The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of several events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.

Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated  attendees including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests.

Wakefield Council has been delivering the DofE for more than 30 years and since then,  thousands of its young people have achieved a DofE Award after volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition and, for Gold, taking part in a week-long residential.

Doing a DofE programme helps young people by enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, Wakefield Council holds a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.

This year, people who are older than the age limit of 24 are being encouraged to tackle a DofE-style challenge to raise money for the scheme through the DofE Diamond Challenge

Anyone interested in finding out more about the DofE programme in Wakefield can contact the council youth work team on 01977 722815 or by email at youthwork@wakefield.gov.uk