Just one year on from a trip to St James’s Palace to receive our official licence to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) for our children and young people, Simon and Ed were back at a royal home, this time it was a garden party at Buckingham Palace, to celebrate the DofE Gold Award Presentation charity’s sixtieth anniversary.
At the event, we were presented with a special plaque from the DofE charity by the famous explorer and author, Levison Wood, acknowledging our commitment to running the DofE and thanking us for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
60 years of DofE
The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of the many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex, and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those who were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and the DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.
Blue Sky led, others followed!
Currently, there are 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. Simon explains “Blue Sky was the first fostering agency in the country to provide the programme for our young people and we are enormously proud of that and, most of all, our young people who’ve achieved their DofE awards”.
“In the two years since gaining our licence to provide the DofE to our young people, we have seen many achieve their bronze award; a major achievement for young people”, said a delighted Ed, Blue Sky’s DofE Programme Manager. “As a firm rule, foster care providers are not allowed to disclose information regarding the young people in their care, but as a one-off, we were given special permission to share James’ story. James is a wonderful young person with a generous heart and a wish to achieve his goals. Undertaking his DofE Bronze Award demonstrated his determination and willingness to adapt to the demands made of him.”
Would you like to take part in the DofE Awards?
Visit the DofE website for more information about the Programme.
Find out how you could support the Charity in its Diamond Anniversary.
Find out how our staff supported the Charity in this year’s Rough Runner Challenge!