Gwynedd Council has won the right to administrate one of the most important awards in the country that aims to improve young people’s personal development from all backgrounds throughout the county.
From raising money for good causes to taking part in a conservation project, or from developing dancing skills to kayaking in Canada, The Duke of Edinburgh Award offers endless opportunities. The Council runs the programme in Gwynedd, and it gives young people between 14 and 24 the chance to nurture skills and have fantastic experiences to try for one of three graduate levels that will lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Taking part in the award means that firm commitment is needed in a number of fields, including volunteering, physical, skills and expeditions. It’s a chance to develop as an individual and make new friends and the Duke of Edinburgh award is highly regarded by employers and universities.
Councillor Roy Owen, who leads on leisure issues on Gwynedd Council:
"Developing bright and skillful young people in Gwynedd is very important and that’s why the Council is very proud to administrate the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
"As one of the most recognized awards in the country for young people, it helps to develop skills in a variety of fields and it’s sure to be an experience to remember.
"In a highly competitive world, not only is the award a great personal success, it can also be a definite advantage in terms of career and education."
You can take part in the programme through your school, college, university, employer and many other organisations. For more information go to the Duke of Edinburgh Award website, www.dofe.org or contact Ken Jones, Strategic Manager, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Gwynedd on 01286 679315.