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More DofE Award Places for Young People

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Youth Leads UK is now officially a Licensed Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Greater Manchester-based youth charity has committed to providing 100 places for young people to start their DofE Award over the next two years.

Youth Leads UK already offers a three-month leadership programme for 12-25-year-olds, which participants can use towards their DofE Awards.

This means that more underprivileged young people in the local area will develop life-changing skills such as communication, resilience and teamwork; create new friendships, and gain confidence to reach their potential.

The news was announced by Youth Leads UK’s CEO Saeed Atcha MBE DL at the #YouthWithoutLimits event marking the centenary of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s birth:

“Too many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds never get the chance to develop key life skills, and they lose out on the benefits – increased confidence, life skills and volunteering. I’m pleased to announce that to honour the centenary of the birth of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Leads UK will deliver 100 bronze DofE placements.”


Paul Griffiths, DofE Operations Manager in Greater Manchester, said:

“It’s fantastic to see Youth Leads UK further their mission of giving young people transferable skills. The DofE Awards are all about developing these skills that are transferable to life and work, by helping out in their local community, learning a new skill, keeping fit and experiencing the great outdoors.”

Funded by the DofE Diamond Fund, Youth Leads UK will reach and support more disadvantaged young people who want to do their DofE in Greater Manchester.

Ruth Marvel, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, says:

“We are delighted to grant Youth Leads UK money from the #iwill DofE Diamond fund to enable even more disadvantaged young people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to do their DofE. The life-changing benefits of a DofE programme should be readily available to any young person who wants to help themselves to go further in life.”