Thursday 26th May 2016
On 16th May, the Royal Greenwich Youth Service, Young Greenwich, attended a very special, once in a life time presentation at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
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.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, and a host of celebrities including TV’s Dr Christian Jessen from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies (pictured) were in attendance alongside Young Greenwich Managers Jeannette Harrison and Patricia Holczimmer.
The DofE is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people between the ages of 14-24, allowing them to develop skills for life and for work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work, all leading to the achievement of an award that's recognised by universities and employers alike.
33 young people from across Royal Greenwich recently completed their DofE Bronze Award expedition in the countryside near Meopham, Kent.
They braved wet weather, wildlife and getting lost in order to build up their teamwork, planning and life skills such as budgeting and cooking.
Patricia Holczimmer, who runs the DofE award from Woolwich Common Youth Hub said:
“Our DofE challengers are just amazing; extraordinary young people who are pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones in order to achieve new things.
We’re really excited to meet the new group of award participants soon.”
Spaces are still available for young people who live or study in Royal Greenwich to take part in the DofE’s award through Young Greenwich, their local youth service.
Courses run for two hours every week, Tuesday or Friday evenings at 5pm from Woolwich Common Youth Hub, Block 2, Nightingale Place, Woolwich, SE18 4HE.