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    An exciting opportunity to volunteer for Warwickshire Community Children’s Nursing Team.

    We are looking to recruit volunteers to support families in Warwickshire who are caring for a child with complex health care needs at home.

    Family home support volunteers will be given comprehensive training to enrich them with the skills and knowledge they will need to support parents/carers and siblings.

    We are looking for people over 18 years who are willing to carry out any of the following:-
    Social Support
    • An extra pair of hands, helping the children with reading, homework or playing games
    • Helping a parent to manage outings during the school holidays
    • Providing support on hospital visits or occasional shopping trips

    Befriending Support
    • Providing companionship to a sibling by taking them to the cinema or park
    • Providing a listening ear for a parent

    Practical Support For example, providing support with:
    • Gardening
    • Decorating
    • Ironing
    • Transport by driving a family member to the hospital or the shops
    • Helping to pack boxes when moving home

    Before starting this volunteering opportunity please make sure you check in with your DofE leader.

    If you would like further information and an application form please contact Sharon Elswood, Volunteer Coordinator, Warwick Hospital 01926 495321 ext: 6881

    email Sharon.elswood@swft.nhs.uk

    Possible DofE Volunteering Opportunity in Sidmouth, Devon

    Marie Curie Charity Shop


    Lend your skills, learn new ones and enhance your CV while completing the volunteering section for your DofE award!

    Age 16+
    Days and times to suit you


    We raise money to fund Marie Curie nurses who provide free nursing care supporting people living with a terminal illness.


    Our friendly team needs help with stock generation, stock sorting, hanging and steaming clothes, window displays, checking value of donated items, e-bay, merchandising and serving customers. You will be involved in all aspects of running the shop, which is more fun and interesting that you may think at first. You never know what will be donated!


    Please check with your DofE leader before starting this volunteering opportunity.


    Contact Carolyn Roberts 01395 579876
    email sidmouth@mariecurieshops.org.uk

    Cumulus Outdoors Adventure Activity Glamping Week

     Cumulus Outdoors - Gold Residential Adventure Activity Glamping Week

    Stay in our tipis at a fabulous glampsite on the shores of Poole Harbour and then learn new skills for coasteering the coastline, climbing the cliffs, kayaking the River Frome, exploring the waterpark and sleeping in the woods, all in one fantastic week! Our highly qualified, experienced and friendly staff will lead you through each activity to push your own personal boundaries to new limits.
    You and the team will be running the whole camp from cooking to household chores. Then, after a day full of activity, you can relax each evening around the fire pit and make new lasting friendships.
    Request a brochure for more details.
    23-27 October 2017.
    Price: £275
    For more info email info@cumulusoutdoors.com or call 01929 555111
    Cumulus Outdoors is a Jurassic Coast Trust Business Partner


    Harbour Challenge Open Gold Walking

    Open Gold Walking Qualifying Expedition: Harbour Challenge OEC Ltd. is based at Hamworthy Park in Poole, Dorset. We are offering qualifying walking expeditions over 5 days and 4 nights in designated wild country. Day 1 will be a training and familiarisation day during which you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow participants, share out equipment and food and put any finishing touches to your route plans. You will also meet your assessor and receive his/her briefing.
    The cost of this package is £275 for the 5 days to include use of expedition equipment including tents, cooking stoves and fuel for the stoves, rucksacks, maps and compasses. Cost of food and campsites is extra.
    We need a minimum of four participants to run an expedition so we take bookings for DofE on the basis that if we do not achieve this minimum on any particular expedition we will give you the option to change to an alternative date or we will provide you with a full refund.
    Current available dates are:
    07 Aug - 11 Aug 2017
    21 Aug - 25 Aug 2017
    23 Oct - 27 Oct 2017

    For already established groups of four or more other dates may be arranged on request.


    For further information on dates and prices please go to our website http://www.harbourchallenge.org.uk/index/duke-of-edinburgh/gold/ or contact us at info@harbourchallenge.co.uk or 01202 772436


    Gold activity residentials at Grafham Water Centre - 2017


    Grafham water Centre are delighted to support candidates in achieving their DofE Gold Award by offering an activity based residential experience.

    This involves spending five days and four nights away from home with like minded people you've never met before. It's a very exciting and fulfilling experience.

    As part of the experience we are able to offer a National Governing Body award in one of the following activities:sailing, paddlesports or climbing. Which one you choose is up to you!


    The cost is £385

    Dates Available


    Monday 14 ‐ Friday 18 August 2017
    Monday 28 August ‐ Friday 1 September 2017
    Monday 23 ‐ Friday 27 October 2017 

    For more information please visit www.grafham-water-centre.co.uk


    Do your physical section at Nottingham Climbing Centre

    Nottingham Climbing Centre boasts 1000 square metres of climbing wall. The centre welcomes climbers of all ages and experience, from beginner to professional. The centre offers bouldering, top roping and leading facilities with grades to suit all.

    Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Climbing Lessons
    This is a block of term length (usually 6 or 7 weeks), 2 hour climbing lessons for those aged 14-24 years. Suitable for complete beginners to those undertaking Duke of Edinburgh awards (works through NICAS levels 1, 2 and 3 ONLY).

    In order for this to count for your physical section you need to do 2 courses to count for 3 months and you must check it with your DofE leader before starting the activity.


    For more information on course structure please see the NICAS website or give us a call on 01159988233. The course is also suitable for GCSE students.


    0115 9988233
    Nottingham Climbing Centre, The Old Pool, 212 Noel Street, New Basford, Nottingham. NG7 6AT.
    [For SATNAV use NG77FR]

    Ocean Turle Diving - possible physical section activity in Hampshire

    Scuba diving is a great way to stay fit whilst exploring the incredible underwater world that few are privileged to experience.


    Training in scuba diving can count towards all levels of D of E as there are many packages available to suit the various timescales. please make sure you check with your DofE leader before starting your physical section with us.


    Contact Ocean Turtle Diving on 01256 819595 or by email info@oceanturtlediving.com for more information.


    The PADI Open Water Diver Course costs £500 and you will be qualified to dive anywhere in the world, with a buddy. We also offer further courses including Advanced, Rescue, Specialties (such as Wreck, Photography and Night Diver) and also PADI Professional levels of Divemaster and beyond.


    We dive all over the South of the UK, including Staines, Frome, Hampshire, Dorset, London, Somerset and Cornwall, and are based in Basingstoke. The minimum age is 10 years old, and 10-14 year olds earn Junior versions of the PADI certifications. www.oceanturtlediving.com


    Cookability - gold skills for life and sports kitchen residentials

    Cookability – Skills for Life.

    CookAbility has been running D of E residential courses for 20 years with around 200 students using the course for their Gold Award Residential each year.

    Our fun and flexible Five Day Cookery course includes accommodation, tuition, ingredients and all meals in a comfortable country setting near Taunton, Somerset.


    This course is designed to encourage and develop culinary confidence and is suitable for 16 - 24yrs in preparation for self-catering at University or working in a Chalet. Recipes covered include family favourites, dinner party dishes, a huge variety of snacks/canapés, cakes, cookies, desserts etc and student friendly uni survival food!

    All diets are catered for. With well over 100 recipes each week there will always be something new to learn.
    The cost is from £590 - £675.


    New for 2017 – The Sports Kitchen

    This new course combines sporting activity with our in-house Personal Trainer and nutrition and cookery lessons with Venetia our Nutritional Therapist – all tailored to your individual sporting needs. Cost £650 inclusive.


    For more information call Tricia Samways 01823 461394 or Venetia Cameron-Rose 01823 432419.

    Please visit www.cookability.com for details and dates.



    Canal and River Trust - Foxton Locks (Market Harborough) Volunteering Activities


    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:
    • 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.

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

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

    For more information please contact Mark Whitfield on:
    07717 806769


    Activity and Maintenance Volunteering at PACCAR Scout Camp

    PACCAR Scout Camp is a thriving activity centre and campsite used by Scouts, Guides, Schools and Youth organisations for adventurous activity holidays and residential stays.


    We are looking for keen, enthusiastic volunteers to assist us in providing activities, from Climbing and High Ropes to Caving and Team Building and much more. Volunteers will get hands on experience delivering activities and coaching participants, as well as assisting with the day to day maintenance of the 70acre campsite and woodland.


    We provide all meals, high quality indoor accommodation and branded t-shirts which are yours to keep.We have opportunities for volunteering for anyone aged 16 and over.


    For more information visit www.paccarscoutcamp.org or email office@paccarscoutcamp.org to apply for a place.

    The Adventure Element Ltd

    Based in the Lake District, our aim is to provide professionally delivered and supervised expeditions for all young people. Our comprehensive ‘Open Award Expeditions’ are ideal for making the expedition process challenging whilst enjoyable and achievable.


    16th - 21st October 2017 | Ambleside, South Lake District

    23rd - 28th October 2017 | Keswick, North Lake District 


    2 days will be spent getting to know your group and being trained in all the essential skills from our base in a local hostel. Following this you will undertake your expedition under the remote supervision of an experienced and qualified instructor.

    Your expedition will be fully supported. As part of our packages you will receive:

    • Bunkhouse or YHA accommodation inc. Breakfast
    • Camping fees
    • Free use of group equipment.
    • Tents
    • Gas Trangia stoves and fuel
    • Group First aid kits
    • Maps and Compass
    • Group shelters
    • Comprehensive training by highly experienced and qualified staff
    • Full Safety Supervision



    £240 per expedition or a discounted rate of £432 if both practice and qualifying expeditions are booked together.

    01768 800212



    Do your gold residential with The Pioneer Sailing Trust - 23rd to the 27th of October 2017

    Pioneer Sailing Trust offer residential trips that will fulfil the criteria needed tocomplete the residential section of the gold DofE residential.

    This will be a 5 day trip on board sailing vessel Pioneer, where candidates will learn to plan the journey, everything from catering, navigation, domestic dutie and sailing. The DofE candidates will be involved with the trip from the start and will learn basic principles of navigation, tides and meteorology to decide there they can get to in 5 days safely and effectively.


    The 3 professional crew on board Pioneer, will be on hand to discuss the journey and ways to plan the trip with the 10 candidates. Each night Pioneer will be in a different location, where they will anchor for the evening and tie up alongside a jetty. This is a challenge out of the ordinary and tests planning, organisational and team work skills as well as cooperating with others.

    The cost for the trip is £200 which is all-inclusive of meals and accomodation on board. 

    This years dates are from Monday 23rd October-Friday 27th October 2017. 


     For more information please call 01206 303373 or email info@pioneersailingtrust.org.uk 


    Volunteering opportunity with Windsor Mencap in Windsor, Berkshire.

    Windsor Mencap runs a sports / games focused club on the 1st & 3rd Friday evening (7-9pm) each month for people living locally who have learning disabilities.


    Member ages range from 30 – 75!

    Our members take part in several sports events on weekends across the summer, using the skills they have learnt at our club (Boccia / Darts / Bowls / Curling) through the remainder of the year.

    This can be a wonderful and life affirming, long or short term coaching / volunteering opportunity for an enthusiastic (your own ability is irrelevant), engaging person.

    Adrian Greensmith, Chair – Windsor Mencap. M. 07795541718
    email. adrian.greensmith@yahoo.co.uk

    Church Bellringing at St Giles' Church, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT.

    1830-1930 on Thursdays (possibly also on Mondays).

    We offer training (free of charge) in the first stages of a complex skill, which could later be continued either as a skill or volunteering, and is based on a three-hundred-year-old tradition. Physical coordination is required to control a fast-swinging bell weighing up to half a ton - the heaviest and loudest musical instrument available - and skills of hearing, sight and memory are required to coordinate the sounding of one's bell with those controlled by other ringers.


    Three months' regular attendance should bring a learner to the point where they could take part in performance ringing before Sunday services, as a member of a band of ringers of all ages, and open up what could become a lifetime hobby, providing good opportunities to make new friends quickly when visiting or moving to anywhere in the English-speaking world.


    Before you start any section you must first check with your DofE leader that it fits the requirements of the section which you would like to use it for.. 

    Age 13 upwards. Contact bellringers@st-giles-church.org

    Do your gold residential with Root Camp in Croatia - 14th-19th of October

    Join our field-to-table cookery school in Croatia this fall!


    Root Camp is headed to the north-west corner of Croatia this fall to cook with Anna Colquhoun (aka the Culinary Anthropologist) in her newly renovated c.250 year old stone farmhouse, Bolara 60. It’s breath taking - a peaceful, rural location surrounded by gentle hills, vineyards, olive groves and forests, nature.


    We will be in the kitchen learning how to make healthy, simple, seasonal recipes from scratch and the other half of our time we’ll be participating in fun, food-based field activities* to connect participants with the provenance of their food.


    Activities include:
    Tending to the kitchen garden and learning to compost
    Harvesting olives
    Mushroom and truffle foraging
    Building an outdoor smoker
    Wood fired pizza
    Visiting local producers and food tastings

    *All activities are weather dependent


    Dates: 14th-19th of October
    Cost: £775 includes all meals, accommodation within the farmhouse, activities, travel to and from the airport and a Root Camp apron
    Air fare not included, tickets cost roughly £90

    For more information and how to apply please visit rootcamp.co.uk


    Aldridge Airport Activity Centre Residential

     DofE open Gold Residentials 2017  - Aldridge Airport Activity Centre
    Onboard the Wharf Narrowboat
    Fantastic new opportunities enabling you to complete the residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award during the holidays
    Don’t leave it to the last minute!
    Gold Residential weeks 2017 http://cms.walsall.gov.uk/outdoor_pursuits

    The residential experience will involve learning how to steer a narrowboat along the Staffs and Worcester Canal near Cannock (Jct 2 M54)
    You will be following a Governing Body syllabus to achieve the National Community Boats Association Boat Handling Certificate.
    Sessions will include safety, steering, maintenance, cooking, route planning, lockwork and many more as we journey along the beautiful Staffs and Worcester canal from just outside Wolverhampton to Great Haywood and return.
    Accommodation will be on the Wharf narrowboat and all meals are included.
    Available weeks to book:-
    Tuesday 30th May – Saturday 3rd June 2017 (fully booked)
    Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August 2017 (One space left)
    Monday 14th August – Friday 18th August 2017 (3 spaces left)
    Tuesday 29th August – Saturday 2nd September 2017 (One space left)
    Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October 2017 (3 spaces left)
    All dates are £280.00 and the price is inclusive of food, accommodation and certification, specialist equipment, experienced and fully qualified instructors.
    Places are limited to 6 per trip, so please contact us to receive a booking form and further information.
    Once your booking and payment has been received, a briefing pack will be sent to you.
    Contact our DofE co-ordinator at Aldridge Airport Activity Centre with your questions and full details by email to outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk or bob.ratcliffe@walsall.gov.uk


    STEM World Summer School - July 2017 - Uppingham School, Rutland

    We are pleased to announce our new summer school venue is Uppingham School. Academically one of the leading schools in the UK, the school benefits from a state of the art science centre, sports facilities, and boarding houses all situated in the heart of a beautiful English town.



    Our dynamic academic leaders have created a rich variety of stimulating, practical STEM workshops and excursions, whilst our residential team will lead an exclusive, fun-packed social and sports programme, fully utilising the school’s state-of-the-art facilities and beautiful secure grounds. Our STEM camps provide something for everyone, with opportunities to participate in exciting hands-on practical STEM activities and space to socialise with like-minded students.


    Sunday 16th July - Friday 21st July 2017
    Sunday 23rd July - Friday 28th July 2017


    Registration is on Sunday afternoon from 15:00 - 17:00.

    The Summer School finishes at 16:30 on Friday afternoon.


    One week res: £1260
    Sunday arrival and Friday departure

    Two week res: £2800
    Sunday arrival, middle weekend, Friday departure


    Please contact alison.brennan@exscitec.com for further information.


    Rural Pride - Bushcraft Residential

    You are warmly welcome to join us at our Woodland Education site Brickyard Wood Derbyshire to complete the Residential section of your Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.



    This five day, four night residential programme is packed full of new and exciting experiences exploring the world of Bushcraft & Survival Skills. You will learn a wide range of fire lighting techniques, shelter building to sleep in, woodland tool use, wild food exploration, woodland furniture making, tracking skills and much much more. 


    For more information please visit www.ruralpride.net/rural-pride-dofe/.


    Nature conservation volunteers needed around Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston– The Environment Trust

    Outdoor volunteering with the Environment Trust is a fun way of learning about local places and connecting with nature.


    We have provided a range of inspiring volunteering opportunities for Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh participants for the last five years.


    We typically run a four hour session on one or more Saturdays each month; it is not practical to run 1 hour weekly conservation sessions. Volunteers help to conserve green spaces including woodland, meadows, streams and rivers and to improve wildlife habitats in parks and gardens.


    You need enthusiasm for the natural 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 work in Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston.


    Before starting this volunteering activity you must seek approval from your DofE leader first.


    Due to high demand we unfortunately cannot make an immediate offer of a placement to new applicants. From 16th June 2017 we can accept new applicants onto a waiting list if you return a completed form. As places become available we will contact you.

    Contact Elliot Newton, Conservation Nature Conservation Manager: office@environmenttrust.co.uk
    Tel: 020 8891 5455


    Blairdavach Outdoor Education Centre DofE Gold Adventure Sports Residential - 3rd-7th July 2017

    Our DofE Gold Adventure Sports Residential courses focus on providing maximum enjoyment whilst learning and developing outdoor skills, with each of our highly qualified instructors a true enthusiast, keen to pass on their skills and knowledge.


    On our adventure sport residential you will be surrounded by people of your own age and interests. In addition to instruction, you will always have male and female members of staff close at hand, to sort out any problems or answer any questions.


    In the evening, our staff organise a wide range of other events and activities including orienteering, activity workshops and team building experiences. So why not join us for a DofE Gold Residential course with more than a hint of adventure this summer.


    Dates: 3rd-7th July 2017
    Price: £250pp fully inclusive of board, instruction and equipment


    DofE Gold Adventure Sports Residential


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