THE team at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE Award) have been in touch with some rather exciting news!

Between April 2021 and March this year, King’s Ely Senior students working on their Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards have dedicated an impressive 1,170 hours to volunteering, which has a social value of £5,405.

We currently have more than 350 pupils enrolled on the scheme. When it comes to the volunteering element, we have students helping out at local libraries, carrying out litter picks, volunteering in charity shops and foodbanks, coaching sports to younger children and working with church groups. Many pupils have also chosen to volunteer their time to help elderly people in their neighbourhoods by helping them to do their shopping, walking their dogs, cooking their meals etc.

A DofE spokesperson said: “We know from hearing thousands of stories that volunteering has a huge impact on young people. That’s why it’s such an essential part of a DofE programme. Whether it’s by giving back to their community, developing a passion for a particular cause, or learning a new skill through their volunteering activity, the volunteering section changes lives and has a positive impact on communities. We hope you are as proud of your participants as we are.”

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