The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a registered charity that provides programmes for young people to have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. Anyone between 14 and 24 years-old can do a DofE, regardless of ability, gender, background or location.
By taking part, you can gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and applications for universities or jobs. Top employers recognise the skills that award-holders bring to their business.
Bronze, Silver and Gold awards
You can do a DofE programme at one of 3 levels. When completed successfully, these can lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
There are 4 sections at Bronze and Silver level and 5 at Gold level. They involve helping the community and 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.
To find out more, go to DofE: sections and activities. You can also watch the video below.
How to take part
Thurrock Council is licensed to run DofE programmes. Through us, you can pay for a Participation Place and be supported through your programme by a Leader. The Leader will help you choose your activities, set objectives and achieve your Award.
Open Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) Centres
If you’re aged from 14 to 24 years-old and looking for a challenge, you are welcome to join us at our Open DofE Centres.
Thursday evenings, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Monday evenings, 7pm to 9pm.
Open DofE Centres can help by offering:
- information and guidance if you're interested in signing-up for a DofE Award programme
- support if you're already taking part in a DofE programme, including provision of training if you're preparing to take part in a DofE expedition
Please contact us before attending a session to make sure it's going ahead as planned.
Contact us or make a payment
If you would like to know more about DofE programmes or what's on offer at our Open DofE Centres, contact us below.
: 01708 855 228
You can use the form below to sign-up for a DofE programme through us.
If you have already signed-up for a DofE programme through us, you can make a payment online.
Participant online safety agreement
This agreement covers all online Duke of Edinburgh's Award activities that we run. We understand the importance of keeping in touch with individuals and maintaining contact. Using online social media platforms and apps to communicate may be vital, but we must be sure anyone who joins a video call or group chat is aware of what's expected of them.
We put safeguards in place to keep vulnerable adults, children and young people safe at all times. If you're a young person, please read the agreement below and discuss it with your parents or carers. If you're a parent or carer and the agreement applies to a child or young person for whom you have responsibility, please discuss this agreement with them, making sure they understand it fully.
Online safety agreement – I will:
- be responsible for my behaviour and language online, including social media platforms and apps
- not deliberately upload material that could be considered offensive, threatening, bullying or illegal during an online discussion
- be respectful, take my turn to engage, and make sure other people can be heard and their opinions respected
- make sure discussions – audio or video – are not recorded or shared with anyone unless explicit permission has been obtained from everyone involved, and can be shown
- make sure discussions are not overheard by anyone who is not entitled to hear them – for example, other household members or visitors
- not give out any personal information online to someone I don't know, such as my name, phone number or address
- not reveal my passwords to anyone
- keep my privacy settings as high as possible and make sure I'm using the latest version of the web browser or app available to me
If you become concerned or upset about anything discussed during an online session, please tell the person who started the discussion. If this is not appropriate, please contact their manager.
If you have any questions or concerns about the agreement, contact our Duke of Edinburgh's Award team, using the phone number or email address above.