St Paul’s is a registered centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. The mission statement for the scheme is
‘To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and to recognise their achievement.’
Participants must be 14 or over before they can start their Bronze DofE programme; 15 for the Silver and 16 for Gold, and they must be under 25 for all three. At St Paul’s there have been a number of people who would like to do the award but are not in this age range. The St Pauls Open Award has been established to enable anyone, whatever their age, to take up the Five activity areas that make up the award – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential.
The scheme based at St Paul’s offers two streams of activity:
- Access for young mums in the area to DofE for under 25s and the St Paul’s Award for over 25s. A successful pilot Bronze Award expedition was completed in the summer by four local mums and their young children. The impact on these women and their children has been highly significant. They will help recruit others for future Awards. A new group of mums will start early in the new year and recruitment is currently underway. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- DoE Gold Award for young people in the local area who would otherwise not have access to it, including students from Parkside 6th, Hills Road (canoeing), MPW, UTC and Oundle as well as PGCE students from the Cambridge University Faculty of Education.
Contact the Award Centre Co-ordinator Jacqui Andre for more information email@example.com