Duke of Edinburgh

We help young people build life-long belief in themselves, supporting them to take on their own challenges, follow their passions, and discover talents they never knew they had.

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Boots & Beards are privileged to be made, the first Black, Asain Ethnic (BAME) organisation in Scotland, a licensed partner with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is one of the world's best-known and most respected achievement awards - and now you have the chance to get involved and achieve your Bronze/ Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

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1. What is Duke of Edinburgh?

  • A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

  • The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life 14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

  • There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

  • Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award gives you the chance to meet people, learn new skills, develop your talents and have fun. Grab this opportunity to take part in fun-packed, challenging and adventurous programmes that's recognised nationally and internationally.

  • It gives you something to put on your CV, lots to talk about during an interview and it also shows that you’ve developed lots of skills employers are looking for, such as teamwork, resilience and communication to name a few.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is one of the world's best-known and most respected achievement awards - and now you have the chance to get involved and achieve your Bronze/ Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award with Boots & Beards.

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2. Boots & Beards DofE

  • We help young people build life-long belief in themselves, supporting them to take on their own challenges, follow their passions, and discover talents they never knew they had. Because when you prove to yourself that you’re ready for anything, nothing can hold you back.

  • Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university or job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills award holders bring to their business.

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3. Bronze

For those aged 14+ years

Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months (here are some ideas)
  • Physical section: 3 months (here are some ideas)
  • Skills section: 3 months (here are some ideas) add
  • Expedition section: 2 days / 1 night (here are some ideas)
  • You also have to do an EXTRA 3 in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections of your choice
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4. Silver

For those aged 15+ years

If you aren’t 15 yet, but are in the school year in which your peer group turn fifteen, you may be able to start a Silver DofE programme - check with your DofE Leader.

Silver timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
  • If you didn't do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
  • Expedition section: 2 days / 1 night (here are some ideas)

I am really excited to be doing the Silver DofE after completing my Bronze DofE. I had a lot of fun during my bronze year and made some good memories

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Ahmad 18

My mentor really supported me with my career choices and through the DofE I was able to tap into skills and talents I had yet to discover about myself.

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Hafsa 14

After completing the bronze DofE my leadership and teamworking skills have improved immensely

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Abdullah 16