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    Badger Adventures - Open Gold Expedition


    Practice Expeditions – Lake District - £275 per person 

    10th July – 15th July

    24th July – 29th July

    26h July – 31st July
    31st July – 5th August
     

    The practice expedition will take place in the Keswick Area, start and finish in Keswick, with good arteries to get home (train to Penrith and bus to Keswick).


    Qualifying Expedition - North Wales - £275 per person
     

    28th August – 2nd September

    23rd October – 28th October

     

    Qualifying expedition will take place in North Wales, starting Llanberis area, and finishing in Betws, good arteries.


    Starting on Monday and finishing on Saturday. Monday and Tuesday night based in a YHA/ bunkhouse, B&B, included in the price, and the you will need to source your own dinner, plenty of options in Keswick and Llanberis.


    Included: tents, first aid kits, gas, cookers, camp fees, maps and compasses and qualified instructors and Assessors
    Not included: food (unless specified) and transport to the area


    For more information please call 01900 516167 or email Info@badgeradventures.com


    http://www.badgeradventures.co.uk/duke-of-edinburgh/

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    Badger Adventures - Silver Open Expeditions


    Silver Open 

    If you have missed your D of E practice or qualifying expedition, through illness, holiday, trip or exam clashes, then Badger Adventures will be running OPEN expeditions on the below dates. Badger Adventures can cater for groups or individuals.

     

    Location 

    The practice and the qualifying expeditions will be delivered in the Peak District, in some of the countries most beautiful scenery. The expedition will take place in wild country.

    There are good public transport links, rail links and bus services to Buxton. Badger Adventures can collect from Buxton Railway Station.

     

    Peak District £180 per expedition

    Open Silver Qualifying – 23rd – 26th October 2017

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    Possible Volunteering opportunities with The Downs Syndrome Association


    DSActive, a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association, provides sporting activities for people with Down’s syndrome all across the country.

     

    We currently work with the FA and the Tennis Foundation to provide football and tennis sessions across the country for all ages and abilities, and we are going to be launching athletics sessions this summer. More information can be found at www.dsactive.org.uk


    This is a volunteering opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 with a DBS, to help the clubs run their sessions. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who are passionate about sport and are perhaps looking to progress in to coaching in the future.

    Please make sure you check with your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity.


    For more information email alex.rawle@downs-syndrome.org.uk or call 0333 1212 300 and ask to speak to Alex Rawle.
     

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    H5 Adventure Gold Expeditions


    OPEN GOLD DofE QUALIFYING EXPEDITIONS - BRECON BEACONS: Opportunity for individuals and small groups to join a gold training day & practice expedition. Dates: 3rd to 7th July; 26th to 30th August; 19th to 23rd & 24th to 28th October 2017.

    Cost: £245pp which includes: campsite fees, use of group equipment, training & support from our friendly & professional Mountain Leader Instructors, AALA license and a comprehensive Information Pack.

    For more information or to book click here or email office@h5adventure.com 01793 731 068
     

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    H5 Adventure Open Gold Expeditions


     OPEN GOLD DofE TRAINING AND PRACTICE EXPEDITIONS - BRECON BEACONS: Opportunity for individuals and small groups to join a gold training day & practice expedition.  19th to 23rd & 24th to 28th October 2017.

    Cost: £255pp which includes: campsite fees, use of group equipment, training & support from our friendly & professional Mountain Leader Instructors, AALA license and a comprehensive Information Pack.

    For more information or to book click here or email office@h5adventure.com 01793 731 068

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    Chalet Cookery School Residentiasls


    After 10 years in the ski holiday industry, we decided that our abundance of knowledge in the kitchen and on the ground would provide the perfect staging post for a chalet cuisine and cookery school. Our 1 week courses are friendly, informative, hands on and intensive, run and operated by very seasoned instructors throughout the week.


    Each week, there is a maximum of 8 students in chalet, we start at 09.30am each day with 2 students paired together hosting the rest of the group, this changes each day so everyone has a chance to experience a real life chalet environment.


    Our course covers high level cuisine, food safety, wine tuition and tasting, housekeeping, fire laying, spa maintenance, shopping and budgeting, interview techniques, cv writing and much, much more.
    We also have ski companies that come and interview you on site during the week. During the week there is also downtime to enjoy the beauty and high octane fun of the valley from high mountain trekking, paragliding and white water rafting.


    Our course prices are £599pp but if you are a DofE applicant, you receive a £50 discount, this then acquates to £549pp. We run from July to October each year and we are open for bookings now!
    http://www.chalet-cookery-school.com/chalet/chalet-nichoir/


    Contact the Chalet Cookery School office;

    • Call: +44 (0)800 1777 754
    booking@chalet-cookery-school.com
    http://www.chalet-cookery-school.com/chalet/chalet-nichoir/
     

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    Possible volunteering activities at Pitsea Library, Essex – Family History


     

    Family history taster sessions to help participants search their family tree using the library subscriptions to relevant websites. This will require the volunteer to help navigate customers through the different search channels to find their own family members and help print documents. Training will be provided.



    • sharing with customers your knowledge and experience of using online sources of information
    • helping customers to understand the range of information available on a variety of online family history resources online
    • demonstrating search techniques that can be used to find information on these resources
    • promoting other online sources available to library members, and how they provide information for family history researchers

     

    Participants should be 14 before starting this volunteering opportunity.

    Please make sure you speak to your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity.


    For more information please contact Pitsea.library@essex.gov.uk

     

    Possible volunteering activities at Pitsea Library, Essex – Lego Club




    Lego Club Lego building club for primary school children. The aim is to help children develop motor skills, and life skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication, and to introduce children to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) agenda. The role requires someone to set up the equipment, sit with the participants, to create a theme for the participants to work towards each week and to help promote to other customers. This position also requires the volunteer to have a DBS check.



    • preparing the library for the appropriate session – e.g. arranging furniture, setting out Lego and additional materials
    • meeting and greeting the participants, making everyone feel welcome
    • coming up with a theme for the session and researching new ideas for participants to create.
    • chatting to the attendees, ensuring the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and all-inclusive
    • explaining and supervising craft and other practical activities
    • promoting library services
    • directing specific enquiries to library staff
    • clearing the area once the session ends, returning furniture as required

     

    Participants should be 14 before starting this volunteering opportunity.


    Please make sure you speak to your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity.

     


    For more information please contact Pitsea.library@essex.gov.uk
     

    Possible volunteering activities at Pitsea Library, Essex – Colour Me


    Colour Me colouring session for Adults. This club is aimed at helping adults to socialise with each other and provide a therapeutic outlet. The role will require someone to set up the equipment, sit with the participants, join in with the conversation, and to help promote to other customers.



    • preparing the library for the appropriate session – e.g. arranging furniture, setting out craft materials
    • meeting and greeting the participants, making everyone feel welcome
    • chatting to the attendees, ensuring the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and all-inclusive
    • explaining and supervising craft and other practical activities
    • promoting library services
    • directing specific enquiries to library staff
    • clearing the area once the session ends, returning furniture as required

     

    Participants should be 14 before starting this volunteering opportunity.

    Please make sure you speak to your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity.

     

    For more information please contact Pitsea.library@essex.gov.uk
     

    Volunteering Opportunities at the Community Farm, Bath


    The Community Farm is working to transform farming, growing organically and providing food to the surrounding community in Bristol and Bath.

     

    We're looking for volunteers to come down and help with the farm work out in the fields. No experience is necessary; there are plenty of opportunities to learn skills in various aspects of field scale organic veg growing. Please go to this page for more information and to register. We also run our thriving weekly market stalls in Bristol and Bath, selling our lovely, tasty, organic produce to members of the public.

     

    Please make sure you check with your DofE volunteer before starting this activity.

     

    If you're good at adding up, like chatting with members of the public, email Rhea for more info- just1brightspark@yahoo.com

     

    'I've enjoyed learning new things & meeting new people' (Scarlett, who did her D of E with us and now works on one of our stalls) 

    Children’s Engagement Volunteers – The River Wey Navigations, Guildford - National Trust



    Play an important part in creating special memories for our younger visitors and their families by bringing the River Wey Navigations and Dapdune Wharf to life. You'll support the learning team at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford to help run our birthday parties and varied family-friendly events at the weekends and during the holidays.



    You'll be able to meet new people, use and improve your communication skills, enjoy new experiences, learn new skills, and get great personal satisfaction by making a real difference to our visitors’ experiences. Volunteering is flexible with a range of opportunities each month; you just give as much or as little time as you can.

     

    Please make sure you chekc with your DofE leader before starting this volunteering activity.



    For more details contact Emma Canterbury, Learning and Events Officer, on 01483 561389 or emma.canterbury@nationaltrust.org.uk

     

    Go for Gold! Expeditions Ltd


    Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions on various dates throughout 2017

     

    Contact

    Web: www.goforgoldexpeditions.co.uk 

    E-Mail: simon.sawers@btconnect.com 

    Tel: 01339883748

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    Choose The Unremembered: World War One's Army of Workers for your Skill or Volunteering


    The war effort fundamentally depended on the Labour Corps, but today they are all but forgotten. We are asking young people to remember their contribution to the First World War on the centenary of their joining. Here's how you can participate in the project:


    • Receive our free resource pack filled with ideas to hold your own Unremembered event, which could be a reading, performance of a Labour Corps song, the laying of flowers and many more resources available throughout the year
    • There are over 5000 Labour Corps graves in the UK. Why not visit your nearest Labour Corps grave and remember the Unremembered?
    • Work with your local community to discover local heritage, and hold an Unremembered event with them


    We are offering small-scale funding to support Unremembered activity. Apply here: http://www.bigideascompany.org/funding-opportunities/

     

    Those who take part and undertake an Unremembered activity will receive a certificate for participation.

     

    > Email theunremembered@bigideascompany.org to request a resource pack and a copy of our database to find your nearest grave.
     

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    Mud and Maps First Aid residential


     Mud and Maps Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work with Outdoor Activities- 21st-25th October 2017
    Bentley Copse Surrey- Close to Essex and London areas M25
    The Level 3 First aid at work qualification is the highest accreditation in First Aid which is nationally recognised with employers. This High level qualification will make you stand out for a job interview or looks fantastic as an extra on your CV. This action packed week will include a mix of first aid and outdoors activities. You will be able to complete your DofE residential section and also receive a valid 3 year first aid at work certificate.
    Included in the cost: -
    Indoor accommodation, Hot Breakfast and Dinner, Cold lunch, Snacks and Drinks in Dorms, Outside activities each day including Jacobs ladder, adventure course and high ropes, Evening activities including campfires, ready stead cook and team building, 18 hours of first aid to gain your Level 3 in first aid at work, First aid handbook and a First aid certificate posted home after the residential.
    Cost: - £395.00 plus VAT Total £474
    This residential can be adapted to meet any additional support needs on request
    12 spaces available only, so book early to reserve your space.
    For an information booklet about this Residential Contact: -
    Email: info@mudandmaps.co.uk
    Web: www.mudandmaps.co.uk
    Phone: 07875367748.
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/MudAndMaps
    Twitter:@mudandmaps

    NB: First Aid courses on the DofE Opportunity Finder are not checked nor endorsed by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  The Duke of Edinburgh's Award does not have any relationship with first aid providers other than to share courses which may be of interest.

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    Abernethy Trust


    Conservation and Environmental Issues

     

    Abernethy Environment and Conservation Weeks:  Abernethy has provided high-quality adventure activities in spectacular wild places for over 40 years.  We’re passionate about our beautiful surroundings and excited about giving you the opportunity to discover and explore them by foot or canoe, and put something back through a local conservation project, with the chance to achieve a John Muir Award during your week.  Stay at Abernethy Ardeonaig whilst helping habitat restoration in the nearby National Trust for Scotland Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, or  help maintain footpaths or cycleways in partnership with the Perth and Kinross Community Greenspace Ranger Service & the Rannoch Path Group or Sustrans.  As well as taking personal responsibility for wild places, you will have the opportunity to take part in other fun team building activities to help you gel as a group.


    All inclusive price from £321.  


    24-28 July 2017, 14-18 Oct 2017 at Abernethy Ardeonaig

    23-28 July at Abernethy Ardgour (includes a First Aid course)


    For dates and further information visit the DofE Residentials page on our website. http://www.abernethy.org.uk/about-us/individuals-families/dofe-residentials/


    For any other enquiries, please call (01479 818005) or email (marketing@abernethy.org.uk).

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    Canal and River Trust - Volunteering activities at Foxton Locks, Market Harborough


     

    Foxton Locks is a beautiful site in Market Harborough. Experience colourful boats, count the locks at the long Lock Flight, take a boat trip, or just relax at the café or picnic spots. The site also has a museum called The Boiler House.


    There are a wide range of fun activities young people can get involved in throughout the year.
    These range from practical tasks such as:
    • Lock Keepers with lock operations
    • Preparing and painting a lock,
    • Patching tarmac and bridge maintenance
    • Jet Wash fencing and retaining wall / seating / signs, and treat with teak oil.
    • Painting
    • Pruning and much more


    Other tasks also include:
    • Updating and developing websites / Twitter for Boiler House Museum
    • Helping in Museum
    • Helping at festivals – Foxton Festival.
    • Helping out with children through the Explorers Education Team
    • Others by arrangement such as nature walks.



    We are flexible and can work around your availability.
    We are located at:

    Bottom Lock,
    Gumley Rd, Foxton,
    Market Harborough,
    Leicestershire,
    LE16 7RA

     

    For more information https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/our-work/youth-engagement/accreditation-and-awards
    Please contact Mark Whitfield on:
    Mark.Whitfield@canalrivertrust.org.uk – please put in the subject matter (DofE Enquiry).
    07717 806769

     

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    Volunteer with horses at Greatwood, Marlborough, Wiltshire


    Greatwood is a charity for ex racehorses. We have opportunities to volunteer throughout the school holidays.


    Volunteers would have the opportunity to;
    • Work with the horses, Shetland ponies, goats, chickens, donkeys and geese
    • Spend time outdoors getting dirty tending our vegetable plots and polytunnel
    • Offer time to a worthwhile cause


    We can provide a range of inspiring volunteering opportunities for Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh`s Award participants, please make sure you check with your DofE leader before starting to volunteer. Participants are required to attend one of our training days to learn about how to stay safe when caring for animals before starting the volunteer days.


    You need enthusiasm for the animal world but no specific knowledge or experience. Full training is given and activities are adaptable to volunteers’ personal skills and abilities from age 14 years upwards.

     

    We are based at Rainscombe Hill Farm, Clench Common, Marlborough, SN8 4DT


    More details can be found at www.greatwoodcharity.org or contact us; education@greatwoodcharity.org or phone 01672514535
     

    Free residential at YHA Kington (Herefordshire) - 30th October to 3rd November 2017


    YHA Kington (Herefordshire)


    Come and join us at a residential on 30 October to 3 November at this lovely hostel nestling in the Welsh Marches on the edge of an historic market town.

     

    Volunteers will be contributing towards the YHA by helping to make one of its hostels a special place for future guests. The tasks will be hands on and practical, with volunteers helping to bring extra sparkle to the hostel with deep cleaning and painting tasks. The group will also have the opportunity to enjoy a Ten Pin Bowling and Pizza evening on the Thursday.

     

    This residential is free of charge, the only cost is a £40 contribution towards food. Volunteers receive free membership of YHA and can claim up to £60 in travel expenses.

     

    You must be aged 16+ to attend this Residential. To book a place please visit https://jobs.yha.org.uk/volunteer/find-volunteering-opportunities/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award-gold-residential/ and click ‘Apply Now’.
     

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    Sam Sykes


    In 2017 we have an open gold walking expedition taking place in the Lake District.

     

    The dates are:

    17th – 21st July 2017 – Training and Practice in the Coniston area of the Lake District

    21st – 25th August 2017 – Assessed expedition across the Lake District.

     

    Participants will have all of the usual Sam Sykes expedition additions, such as:

    ·         A fully qualified, CRB checked and first aid trained instructor (Minimum Summer ML qualified) 24 hours a day whilst on the course.

    ·         Assessor on the assessed expedition

    ·         All logistics and paperwork completed for you, including the green forms

    ·         Expedition equipment if you need it – Tents, Rucksacks, Rucksack liners, Stoves, Fuel for Stoves, Sleeping mats, Group first aid kit, Maps, Compasses and paperwork.

    ·         An expedition manager 24 hours a day throughout the expedition

    ·         An emergency expedition vehicle on standby for your course

    ·         All camp site fees

    ·         Assistance with booking travel to and from the course venues

     

    Participants will need to supply:

    ·         Food for the duration of the courses 

    ·         Personal equipment for the courses 

    ·         eDofE numbers

    ·         Information about their prior DofE experience

    ·         Consent and medical details

     

    The full course, which is 10 days in total is offered for £499 + VAT per participant. You can book your place on the expedition below, and more information will be sent out to you.

    If you ave any questions, or requirements that you want to check with us before you book, just call Sam Sykes HQ on 015394 43157

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    The Sam Sykes and Blackpool Zoo, Zoo Keeper’s Residential 2017


    For something a little diferent, in conjuction with Blackpool Zoo, we offer out unique 5-night specialist zoo keeper's residential.

    This fun and engaging opportunity is ideal for anyone with a passion for animals and conservation, or anyone looking to study a related area.

     

    For more information, dates, prices and to book your place, please contact Sam Sykes Ltd on 015394 43157 or email info@samsykesltd.co.uk 

     

    Places are limited and we are always oversubscribed, so book early to avoid disappointment.

     

    July Residential

    https://samsykesltd.co.uk/course/sam-sykes-blackpool-zoo-residential-july-2017/

     

    August Residential

    https://samsykesltd.co.uk/course/sam-sykes-blackpool-zoo-residential-augsept-2017/

     

    October Residential

    https://samsykesltd.co.uk/course/sam-sykes-blackpool-zoo-residential-october-2017/

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