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Prestwick Team awe Sir Tom Hunter with Expedition idea

Prestwick team

A team of young people from Prestwick Academy made it to the finals of the Sir Tom Hunter Challenge this week.

As part of the Challenge, the team had to come up with an innovative business idea and present it to Sir Tom.

They came up with the idea for their 'Thermoband' whilst on their DofE Expedition. The idea for the wristband is to use body heat to create electricity which is then stored and can be used to charge smartphones, cameras and more. 

You can read more about their Challenge on the South Ayrshire Council website


Gold Award Invitation Packs Sent

We recently sent out the invitation packs for the Gold Award Presentation. If you have not received yours by Wednesday, 29th June, please get in touch with us at GAPScotland@DofE.org or 0131 343 0920. 

If you have a problem with your invitation pack, for example, if the name on your invitation is spelt incorrectly, please send us an email GAPScotland@DofE.org with details of what the issue is and what needs to be changed. 

You can find more information in our FAQs.

Congratulations to Jim Sweeney!

Over the weekend Jim Sweeney, a long standing member of the DofE Scotland Advisory Committee (and previously a DofE Manager with Strathclyde Regional Council and South Lanarkshire Council) received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Youth Work.

Jim at the Buckingham Palace Gold Awards Presentation

We at DofE Scotland would like to extend our congratulations to Jim for this well-deserved honour.

Our Director, Barry Fisher, said: “I have worked with Jim for well over 20 years in various Youth Work roles and I there can be no stronger advocate for Youth Work and its impact on young people – he has been a great campaigner for our sector and I would like to congratulate him on this fantastic achievement”.

You can find out more about Jim and his work as Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland on their Twitter.


Thank You DofE Leaders!

Through the Volunteering section, all DofE participants get the chance to give back to their community. Often this is the most visible part of volunteering associated with the DofE.

But we know differently.

We know that without the many, many, many hours DofE volunteers put in, there would be no DofE!


With the help of Volunteer Scotland we’re saying Thank You this week to all the volunteers who help young Scots improve their life chances through DofE programmes.

Volunteers’ Week takes place on the 1st to 12th June this year and to mark the week and everything you do you’ll be getting a postcard through the door. In addition to saying thank you from us, your postal pack will also contain this ‘You’re a Star’ card which you can pass on to a volunteer who has made a difference in your own life. Help us spread the thanks! In the pack there’s also more about our Diamond Anniversary celebrations, including the DofE Challenge and more about DofE Day.


Tell us what you think about the post cards and the difference your volunteering makes on the hashtag #IamDofE.

Are you a participant who wants to say thanks?

Make sure that you thank your DofE Leader during Volunteers’ Week for everything they do to help you achieve your DofE Award. Use our template to say thanks on the hashtag #ThxDofELeader.

Volunteers week



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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Rosebery House
9 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5EZ
phone: 0131 343 0920
Email: scotland@DofE.org  

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