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    Pilot Training – Simulator based, Icarus Simulation Limited, Durham City. Ages 14+.

    Ages 14+.


    Our bespoke Flight Simulator with its immersive, dual control design replicates the cockpit of a light single and twin engine piston aircraft and has been specifically built to train pilots learning to fly.


    Our bronze skills award course condenses all the salient points of a Private Pilot’s Licence and Commercial Licence into a 20-hour intensive course over 3 months with approximately 10 additional hours of self-study. Each hour consists of 10 to 15 minutes of pre-flight briefing followed by 45 to 50 minutes of hands-on simulator flying. Delivered by a commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor the course covers topics from basic effects of controls to navigation to zero-visibility flying and in-flight emergencies both in small aircraft and in large commercial jets.


    This course suits anyone from those with a passing interest to those looking to become commercial pilots.


    For more information on what we provide, please visit: http://www.icarus-simulation.co.uk/dofe

    Contact: info@icarus-simulation.co.uk


    Volunteering with YHA Cardiff

    YHA Cardiff is looking for DofE volunteers!


    As a volunteer, you could be involved in a huge range of tasks: housekeeping, reception, customer care, café or kitchen, and much more! You could also volunteer on special hostel events like YHA Day and fundraising month.


    This is a great opportunity to build your skills, develop your CV and have lots of fun!

    We ask volunteers to give a minimum of 1 hour per week for the duration of their time with us.


    Volunteers will receive free YHA membership and a written reference.


    If you would like to volunteer with YHA, please get in touch at volunteers@yha.org.uk or call 01629 592 562 


    Season It! Cookery residentials in France

    Season It! Ski Chalet Cookery and Hosting Course run by Chalets de Charme Ltd a DofE Approved Activity Provider.


    Week long courses are run at our beautiful ski chalet in Morillon, Chalet Pomet in the French Alps throughout the year.


    No experience is necessary, but you will be happily creating delicious dishes with confidence by the end of the week!


    The cost of the course is £749 for DofE participants and includes

    • 6 nights luxury accommodation at Chalet Pomet based on 2 or 3 sharing
    • 1 hour airport transfer to/from Geneva airport
    • All food and drinks
    • 5 Days of professional cooking and hosting tuition
    • Season It chalet manual and 6 day menu plan
    • Season It apron


    Flights are not included, but Easyjet operate year round to Geneva with very keen prices! Enjoy some of the wonderful outdoor activities on offer during your free time you can try skiing, snowboarding, paragliding or white water rafting season dependant.


    2016 Dates


    Sunday 23rd October - Saturday 29th October 2016 - £749


    07508 011495



    The National Trust - Emmetts Garden

    Emmetts is a lovely Victorian garden laid out in the 19th Century by Frederic Lubbock and with the help of friend and fellow gardener William Robinson. As you stroll through the site you will find a lovely rock garden built in 1910 which is home to lots of beautiful and intricate specimens, there is a small pond at the heart of the rock garden and path networks are flanked by Acer. Emmetts is home to a rose garden that features a fantastic array of old English Roses, presented in delicate shades of pink and white. Down in the South garden at Emmetts you will find a truly unique collection of trees and shrubs that were collecting on plant hunters trips to China, the majority of the specimens in this area were from the Veitch’s collection bought at auction in 1914 and planted here, some wonderful and exotic plants to behold.

    Times/Dates/Days : -Monday to Friday 8am start till 4pm, or 10am till 4pm
    All year round

    What will DofE volunteering participants will obtain : -

    Record of working for National Trust site for CV and further careers, free 2 person membership after 50 hours of volunteering, fantastic people skills

    Matthew Scott
    Emmetts Head Gardener
    Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA
    01732 751505


    Volunteering Opportunity in London as an External Events Fundraiser – Arnold House


    Arnold House aims to provide equipment and activities that benefit the lives of the residents, but these things can be costly. We need a volunteer to create and host fundraising activities, events or tasks externally to raise money for the home. Fundraising activities could include coffee mornings, a concert or play, sports challenges, or even a car wash! The choice is yours!

    This opportunity gives volunteers a chance to be creative and make a difference. This position offers:

    • Flexibility
    • A chance to create a fundraising team amongst family & friends along with the help and support of Arnold House Volunteer Coordinator and Activities Coordinator
    • Team leadership experience
    • Event coordination and management skills


    Location: London, Enfield
    Age requirement: 16+

    Check out https://do-it.org/organisations/arnold-house-leonard-cheshire-disability for further info on the role.

    For further details, please contact Latisha Prendergast the Volunteer Coordinator at Arnold House.

    E: Latisha.Prendergast@leonardcheshire.org
    T: 02083631660



    Volunteering Opportunity in London as an Activities Assistant - Arnold House

    Are you a fun, creative and energetic individual? Then an Activities Assistant role would be perfect for you!


    As an Activities Assistant, you can support the Activities Coordinator to deliver activities and programmes to enrich the lives of the residents at Arnold House. Activities include baking, arts & crafts, board games, and other skill building and entertainment activities. As an activities assistant, you can also support the residents on their trips to museums, parks, theatre and other external outings.

    This opportunity gives volunteers a chance to be:
    • Creative
    • Active
    • Learn how to communicate with vulnerable adults
    • Improve team building skills


    Location: London, Enfield
    Age requirement: 16+

    Check out https://do-it.org/organisations/arnold-house-leonard-cheshire-disability for further info on the role.

    For further details, please contact Latisha Prendergast the Volunteer Coordinator at Arnold House.

    Email: Latisha.Prendergast@leonardcheshire.org
    Telephone: 02083631660



    Volunteering opportunity at Sacrewell, Peterborough

    Volunteer research historians:
    This is an exciting behind the scenes opportunity, exploring items which haven’t been accessed for decades. You will be working alongside the collection / archive team to discover the stories behind the fascinating collection at Sacrewell helping to bring the place to life for our visitors.


    What’s involved?
    • Working as part of a small team to identify key collection items
    • Finding stories from our archive material
    • Talking and writing with staff and other volunteers about your ideas and which stories speak to you
    • Working with others or independently to discover more about the collection and the people behind them – online, in person and even interviews
    • Becoming familiar with and then following our Health and Safety Policy at all times
    • There may be other activities where we could use your help!

    We welcome people who… are interested in history and are keen to share this. This role may involve researching indoors but will also involve getting out and about on our farm.

    To find out more, please email cassie.martin@sacrewell.org.uk or go online to http://www.sacrewell.org.uk/join-us

    Volunteer collections assistant / archivist opportunity available at Sacrewell, Peterborough

    The volunteer collection team have an exciting task ahead of them, to identify, catalogue and record the vast collection at Sacrewell. This would include paper documentation and also farm equipment. It’s a great place to be and you’ll work with staff and other volunteers

    Working as part of a small collections team to identify and log all items on site by:
    · Inputting information onto the digital cataloguing system
    · Photographing items
    · Conservation of items under the guidance of the collections team
    · Delicate work including potential handling of at risk items
    · Moving items, including papers and farm equipment
    · Becoming familiar with and following our Health and Safety Policy at all times
    · There may be other activities where we could use your help!

    We welcome people who… Enjoy working outdoors, have excellent listening and organisational skills, like working as part of a team and are eager to learn.

     To find out more, please email cassie.martin@sacrewell.org.uk or go online to http://www.sacrewell.org.uk/join-us

    Club Fitness Classes in the West Midlands

    Based in the West-Midlands in Kings Heath 15 minutes from Birmingham city centre.


    Club Fitness Classes, offers a range of fitness classes, from yoga, ab's & core and soon indoor cycling, walking and running classes.

    Club Fitness operate from the cricket club In Kings Heath and offer fitness classes several times per week, which could count towards the physical section of your DofE.

    Costs are Bronze £ 30.00, Sliver £ 60.00, Gold £ 120.00. Cost can be paid Monthly £ 10.00 per month.



    You will learn yoga positions, foot and hand exercises, you will also be given to opportunity to teach a small section of the class for example a warm up or a cool down, if you would like to in your final class, this is optional.

    Please contact Adrian Hill for more information on 07931-273-108.

    Club Fitness Classes in Kings Heath B14 6 DT


    Casualties Union

    Casualties Union provides trained volunteers to simulate injuries and medical conditions in order to improve realism in training, particularly for the medical professions, the emergency services, first aid and rescue. The minimum age for membership is 8 years with no maximum limit.


    The simulation is achieved by using make-up, acting, scene setting and understanding the background and context of the chosen scenario, including any health and safety issues. Within these areas Casualties Union offers a structured training programme aimed to improve knowledge, expertise and an ability to plan and to prioritise. Once an approved level of expertise has been achieved there are opportunities to put these new found skills into practice when “casualties” are requested at an incident.


    If you would like to use this activity for your skills section activity please check with your DofE leader first.

    website: www.casualtiesunion.org.uk
    email: hq.cu@casualtiesunion.org.uk
    tel 08700 780590
    Casualties Union Headquarters
    PO Box 1942
    London E17 6YU


    Volunteering opportunities at Blythe House Hospice - Chapel en le frith

    Here at Blythe House Hospice, we are always on the lookout for new volunteers, aged 16+, to help the fundraising department with community events. These may range from street collections, bag packs to help with events and networking.

    The community events that we organise help Blythe House Hospice to provide the highest levels of care and support for people affected by cancer, life-limiting illnesses, or bereavement. As High Peak's only day hospice we offer a wide range of services, from the Living Well Service, to counselling and much more. Without volunteers, we would not be able to continue the fantastic work we do in the community.

    For further details please contact the fundraising department on 01298 815388 or email fundraising@blythehouse.co.uk

    Complete your physical section at The Playground, Suffolk

    The assault course has been designed and built for both adults & children to challenge themselves both physically & mentally. It is 1km long and features 25 big obstacles including Monkey Bars, Cargo Net climbs, Big Walls, Rope Climbs and a Ninja Warrior Style Ramp.


    Our activities include Pay and Play sessions, Boot Camp, Birthday parties and sport specific sessions.

    You could use The Playground as an activity for the physical section either by taking part in bootcamps or pay and play sessions. Make sure you check with your DofE leader before starting the section.


    The Playground
    Church Farm
    IP29 5AX

    Recommended minimum age is 8 years old

    Contact Us:
    01638 454271

    Volunteer at Calke Abbey - Derbyshire

    Volunteering at Calke Abbey is a great way to complete your DofE volunteering section!


    Calke Abbey is a hidden house, preserved as a survivor from a vanished era, with little having changed within it since the 1880s. It is “quirky, fusty, distressed”; “a place poised somewhere between gentle neglect and downright dereliction.”

    The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity. We help everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy all sorts of very special places for ever, for everyone. Become part of our fascinating story – volunteer.

    Volunteering opportunities include: helping visitors get to know our unusual story as a Room Guide, welcoming visitors as a meeter-greeter, helping out in the restaurant and shop, and delivering pop-up garden tours for visitors.


    To find out more, please email Emma.Thompson3@nationaltrust.org.uk or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke

    Ceramics Workshops - Market Harborough, Leceistershire

    Skills Section Activity - Suitable for candidates 3/6/12 month tuition.

    The workshops are informal and have a friendly environment, welcoming people of all abilities and ages. They`re run by a degree qualified practitioner who will provide personalised one to one tuition to suit attendee’s needs. You don’t have to be advanced skilled in ceramics, or even experienced clay before, all the techniques can be as easy or as hard as you wish to make them.

    We have a wide variety of workshops available, including a range of ceramic techniques and items. If the attendee has something specific in mind then Katherine can tailor a workshop to help you create whatever you wish so you can make the most of your experience.

    Throughout your time you will progress learning new techniques, your ability will blossom and your skills will improve with each session you attend. The workshops not only engage with the audience, it gives a chance to learn a new skill whilst creating something beautiful and unique.

    *DofE candidates can receive 15% discount off if they book 12 sessions or more.*T&C’s apply

    If you have any queries or would like to book, please get in touch via our website.

    Katherine Fortnum Ceramics
    Market Harborough, Leicestershire


    Bright Green Future - Volunteering Opportunity

    Bright Green Future is an exciting new programme for teenagers. It’ s a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable energy and environmental decision making. During the two year programme you’ll take part in training, a work placement and a summer camp. We’ll also help you to run an environmental project in your local area.

    You’ll finish the programme with more knowledge, confidence and skills to be able to make a difference, both in your local community and by influencing the way decisions affecting the environment are made. You’ll also be improving your career prospects and complementing your academic work with real insight into sustainability issues, project management and decision making.
    Bright Green Futures is managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and is part of a Big Lottery funded project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment.


    Contact details and application form: Bright Green Future www.bright-green-future.org.uk
    Locations: It’s a national project, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
    Age range: 14-19 (maximum age 18 at application)


    Tennis @ Lisvane Tennis Club (Cardiff)

    Why choose Tennis? It's social, it's physical, it's challenging, it's fun, it'll keep you fit and very importantly tennis is a sport for life!

    Unlike many sports where participants are forced to quit when they reach ages of 30-40 tennis can be played and enjoyed at ANY age. At the Lisvane Tennis Club (North Cardiff) we have players aged 4 - 80+ years. All coaches at Lisvane are LTA & RPT qualified, CRB checked by the LTA, insured and have attended first aid courses.


    We are more than happy to set a programme of achievements while you do the physical section of your DofE & if you can already play tennis maybe you can volunteer to help the coaches teach the young children.

    Email Tony for details: TournamentTennis@icloud.com

    Sewing and dress making lessons in Greater London, Berkshire and Surrey

     Skills Section Activity

     3-months / 6-months / 12-months

    Course Summary
    In order to satisfy the requirements for this award, we plan a course of lessons consisting of 12/24/48-hours tuition. The course is aimed at the complete beginner and will teach them how to operate a sewing machine safely and independently, and make a garment from a paper pattern. Tutor supervision is provided throughout the course. Lessons can take place at the student’s home.


    This is a popular course, therefore students are encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible.
    The Price includes:
    • Tuition for all lessons
    • Hire of sewing machine for the duration of the course (if required)
    • All equipment
    • Paper pattern
    The student will be required to purchase fabric and the necessary items to finish the garment eg: elastic, buttons, zipper and also thread.
    Tutor holds current Enhanced CRB disclosure certificate.
    Contact Emma (Co-ordinator) 07506-246821 or Email: info@emmamorrisondressmaking.co.uk


    The Deer Mangers Country Pursuits Course

    Are you aged 16 - 24?
    Are you looking for a really different Residential Project for your Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award or a life changing Gap Year experience?
    A fun and flexible five day course which includes:
    • deer stalking and tracking
    • munitions and target range training
    • photographic stalking
    • wildlife recognition
    • countryside skills and tuition

    All in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) near Taunton, Somerset


    Contact: Tel 01823 461374
    email: peter@thedeermanager.org.uk


    South Staffordshire Cycling Scheme - Physical Activity

    The South Staffordshire Cycling Scheme aims to encourage more people to take up cycling in a friendly and supportive environment. Cycling is ideal for developing communication, team work, and confidence and improves fitness levels whilst supporting the environment.

    We offer exciting, enjoyable and challenging ‘on and off road’ rides aimed at improving your fitness and stamina over ever increasing distances. The majority of these rides take in the beautiful South Staffordshire countryside but we are able to work with you in a location of your choice.

    Whilst undergoing a set programme of rides in order to complete a final challenge ride you will also learn how to conduct a safety check, cycle safely and correctly on the road, navigate using a map off road, what equipment to carry and how to deal with road side repairs all whilst working as a team.

    For further details and pricing please contact neilsscs@gmail.com

    Curatorial Volunteer - Gloucester Waterway Museum

    This opportunity includes working with the Collections Manager on maintenance, display and research within the collection. Also helping deliver interactive interpretation across the museum.


    This will appeal to people with a real interest in history and who enjoy working with objects and people.

    • Cataloguing of records.
    • Object cleaning.
    • Researching collection.
    • Working on exhibition research.
    • Maintenance of exhibition displays (working with Site Maintenance Volunteer Team).


    Our aim is to bring the objects alive. First by researching about them, cleaning them and then either in a temporary exhibition or at a special event, sharing the object with the public in an exciting and different way.

    • Effective communicator.
    • Able to follow instructions.
    • Willing to learn new skills and techniques.
    • Able to work individually and as part of a team.
    • Good organisational skills.
    • General knowledge of history of canals desirable.
    • General knowledge of history desirable.
    • Proactive approach.


    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

    For more details please contact Emma Hermon the Volunteer Coordinator
    at the National Waterway Museum.
    07771 943852
    01908 302500

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