New year, new role?

Could you consider helping young people by becoming a Duke of Edinburgh's Award volunteer?

Adventure (Duke of Edinburgh Awards Volunteer)

As the world's leading youth achievement award, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award equip young people aged 14 to 25 with the skills, experience and confidence to successfully navigate adult life.

Young people are facing unprecedented challenges, making the DofE more relevant and important than ever. The DofE builds the character and attitude that research shows businesses prioritise over academic results. No other programme offers the same range of experiences and opportunities.

We need your help to extend the DofE to all young people, from all backgrounds - to benefit both them and the wider community. Your support, either as an individual or a team can help us to transform young lives in North Lanarkshire today and tomorrow.Arran adventure (Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteers)

How can you help?

If you are an adult who is keen in supporting the development of young people and has some time to spare, we are keen for you to hear from you.

There are many roles you could help with the DofE award. Below are some examples of the volunteering roles within the DofE award.

  • DofE Leaders lead groups of young people through all aspects of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. You'll lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, agree their programme choices and approve their progress in eDofE. You don't have to be a Duke of Edinburgh's Award holder yourself and you don't have to be a fan of the outdoors!
  • DofE Helpers are adults who can spare some time to help our Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders run. You may give general support, e.g. admin or accounting, help run one section or provide specific training.
  • DofE Expedition Supervisors are adults who are qualified in the outdoors for taking DofE groups out on expeditions. You may decide to help particular groups on a regular basis or you may prefer to help groups on one-off basis. During the winter months, you could help DofE groups out with occasional or regular training sessions.

What skills and qualifications do I need?

To get the most of your volunteering experience, you'll probably have worked with young people before and have a love of the outdoors. Formal qualifications in outdoor leadership (e.g. Mountain Leader Award) or other skills (e.g. cycling or canoeing) are welcome but not essential.

Arran adventure 2 (DofE Award volunteers) Where and when will I be volunteering?

We have a number of centres throughout North Lanarkshire. We will try our best to match you with your local DofE centre. The times of volunteering is a balance between your availability and when the group meets.

What's in it for me?

This role puts you in a real position to support young people in developing their skills and experience. If you're thinking of a career in teaching, youth work or outdoor education, this role will give you invaluable experience. There are also some specific benefits listed below:

  • Expenses paid when your help is needed to support an expedition.
  • Transport and camping is always covered, some groups also offer meals for leaders.
  • Free or subsidised training courses.
  • Free access to DofE Award network training and CPD events
  • Free access to equipment hire for expeditions or personal trips from the equipment store
  • Significant discounts at many outdoor retailers

If you are a positive, encouraging person who wants to support young people on their DofE journey and help them overcome the many significant challenges they may encounter, then we want to hear from you!

For further information, please contact:

Hua Cui, DofE Worker, Community Learning and Development, North Lanarkshire Council

Telephone: 01236 812 631 or email:

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