About the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)
The DofE aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach.
Everyone is welcome to get involved, as long as they are between 14 - 24 years old. Its focus is on personal challenge, not a competition against others. Young people are encouraged to design their own programme of activities.
There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold, and each level can be accessed separately or a young person may progress from one level to the next. Each level has four sections with a fifth at Gold. These are:
- Volunteering - The aim is to give up time to help others and to contribute to the community you live in.
- Skill - To take up a new interest or hobby or to continue with an interest you may already have.
- Physical - To participate in a sport or dance activity to improve fitness and achieve a healthy lifestyle.
- Expedition - To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. Working in small groups, young people are trained to plan, prepare for and undertake an unaccompanied adventurous journey as part of a team (with appropriate supervision).
- Residential (Gold only) - To broaden young people’s experiences through involvement with people they do not know. This section helps to broaden their experiences by empowering them to make a difference in a team–based residential setting.
The DofE Award has a 60 year track record of accrediting young people’s achievement. In Suffolk it is operated in schools, colleges and voluntary organisations. You can also choose to become an independent participant.
Frequently asked questions
'Doing my DofE' and information for parents
If you a thinking about doing your DofE or are a parent wishing to enrol your child on a DofE award visit the DofE website for Suffolk. You can find out about the costs and how to contact your nearest unit / centre to complete the enrolment process.
I am a co-ordinator for a centre or unit
Visit the DofE website for Suffolk and use your login details (only provided if you are a registered co-ordinator) to access forms, training and other information needed to run a DofE unit.
I am an assessor
Visit the national website for further information on how to become an assessor and to leave assessor comments for young people.
How do I set up a centre?
If you would like to set up an centre or become an co-ordinator, email Dofe@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 260178 or 01473 260169.
After you are registered you will be given the login details for the co-ordinator's area of the DofE website for Suffolk.
Find out more
Information for young people, parents/carers and centre co-ordinators about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Suffolk, can be found at www.suffolkdofe.co.uk.