DofE News - April 2020

DofE News: April 2020

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We’re determined that young people shouldn’t miss out on doing their DofE because of the coronavirus outbreak – and we want to do everything we can to support you so your participants can keep doing theirs, at what we know is a really challenging time.

To help with this, we’re introducing some temporary changes to DofE programme requirements. Please see more detail on this below.

We hope working towards their Award will give young people vital focus, motivation and positivity during the lockdown – and that their capacity and enthusiasm for helping others through volunteering could be a huge force for good at a time when it’s needed most.

We’re updating DofE With A Difference regularly with information, ideas and inspiration – please do share this with your participants on your usual DofE or organisation channels.

Temporary programme changes

To help you keep supporting participants, both now and when the lockdown ends, we’re introducing these temporary changes:

  • Participants can now volunteer for family members, for example by mentoring or coaching younger siblings.
  • Participants can now change section activities more than once. Time spent on previous activities will still count towards completion.
  • DofE staff members may be able to act as Volunteering, Physical and Skills section Assessors, if required.
  • When expeditions are able to resume, Silver and Gold Expedition Assessors will temporarily be allowed to be known to the expedition group.

To protect the value and integrity of DofE Awards, other requirements will remain the same. However, we’re continuing to look for ways we can be flexible to support you and young people at this time, and will update you if we introduce any further temporary changes.


Spread the word

Every day we’re hearing amazing stories from LOs, with participants doing everything from sewing scrubs for NHS workers to building sheds for their mums as part of their programmes.

How are your participants doing their DofE differently? Let us know so their stories can inspire and motivate others.