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Our volunteers love creating a positive, supportive environment that’s bristling with energy for participants. They support the DofE's overall mission and help run DofE centres and groups, helping young people to achieve their full potential.

There are many different roles for our volunteers - have a look to see what you could do:

DofE Co-ordinators

These people set up and manage the DofE in a centre. If you become a Co-ordinator, you'll support your Leaders and oversee all groups.

DofE Leaders

Our Leaders are responsible for a DofE group. You'll lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, agree their programme choices and approve their progress and pictures in eDofE.

DofE Assessors

Assessors check on a young person's progress and agree the completion of a section of their programme. You'll need knowledge of the activity they're doing and approve their progress and pictures in eDofE.

In the Expedition section, qualifying expeditions must be assessed by a competent adult who is approved by the Licensed Organisation and accredited by the DofE through the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme.

DofE Supervisors

Supervisors are people with a good understanding of a participant's chosen activity.  You'll help them set their goals and regularly meet with the young person to check on their progress, address any potential issues and adjust goals.

A Supervisor is essential for the Expedition section as they are responsible for supervising and supporting a team of participants to ensure their safety and well-being whilst they are doing their expedition.


Adults who can spare some time to help our DofE Leaders run a group can be a volunteer. You may give general support, i.e. admin, help run one section or give specific training.

Whilst not all volunteers will be involved in the detailed running of programmes everyone needs to ensure continuity throughout, share responsibilities and maintain the overall quality of the DofE experience.

If you'd love to make a positive impact on young people, then we want to hear from you! Get in touch with your local Licensed Organisation today!

Where you can volunteer

DofE programmes are available to young people through different types of DofE centres.

DofE centres

These are the physical locations where DofE programmes are run.  These range from schools, colleges and youth clubs along with other places such as voluntary organisation meeting places, businesses, prisons and Young Offenders Institutions.

Open DofE centres are centres that offer DofE programmes to any young person, rather than places who restrict participation to young people already part of the group/school etc.

DofE groups

Within each DofE centre there can be a number of groups.  A DofE group is a group of young people (ideally 15-20) who are working together on their DofE programme, with one DofE Leader.  They may be grouped by peer groups, ages or levels.  Groups may be split into teams for certain activities, i.e. volunteering or their expedition.

All DofE centres and groups need Leaders and volunteers in order to help young people complete their DofE programmes and achieve a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Think you could help young people achieve?  Then please contact your nearest Licensed Organisation.