On 16th May 2016, Lauren Turner (SLSGB National Education and Training Manager), Peter Lawrence (SLSGB Chairman) and Joanna Dunbavin (Saunton Sands SLSC) from SLSGB attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event SLSGB was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Major Chris Hunter, acknowledging the Charity’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, SLSGB is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin. Signing up to The DofE Diamond Challenge has an amazing double benefit – whilst challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries, you’re also raising money for the DofE Charity so that it can transform the lives of more young people and offer free places and bursary grants to those most in need.