19th November 2019

Three opportunities to join the DoE adventure

Young people engaged in DofE activities

Somerset County Council is looking for people to fill three new exciting Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering opportunities.

Whether it’s helping at the Bath & West Show, supervising at Kilve Court or assessing expeditions, each is a great way to get out into the fresh air, do something different, bolster young people’s confidence and help them achieve their potential.

The County Council holds the operating licence for the awards in Somerset supporting schools with resources, advice and training. The latest figures showed a 20 per cent increase in the number of young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DoE) last year, the latest County Council figures show.

Volunteers, aged 18 or over, are needed to help at the Royal Bath and West Show when a residential course takes place from 26-30 May 2020. The role involves making sure the young people are in the right place at the right time, being a good listener and helping to staff an interactive stand.  

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Garden volunteers are also needed at Kilve Court in West Somerset. The role will be supervising young people who will be working on garden, as part of their DofE volunteering section.

And the Council is looking for registered DofE assessors to assess qualifying DofE expeditions. You could be supervising on the Quantocks, Mendips, Dartmoor, Exmoor or Brecon Beacons, depending on where a centre is doing their expedition.

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “Volunteering is good for all parties – it is a two-way thing – and these are really good opportunities both to help young people achieve their aspirations and to enrich the lives of all the volunteers.

“The Duke of Edinburgh award is open to everyone. It can open young people’s eyes to new possibilities, develop invaluable skills and transform their lives.  I would encourage anyone who wants to be part of this transformation to get in touch now.”

 If you would like to find out more about how you can be involved, please visit our website https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/  or contact volunteer@somerset.gov.uk