On Saturday 11th November 65 Volunteers from our 60 Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Centres supported by the Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH) DofE team attended the Annual DofE volunteers conference. Kindly hosted this year by Hurst College one of our DofE centres.
IPEH’s Senior Advisor for DofE Toby Wilson and his team of DofE Partnership Support Officers Rachel Sadler, Peter Harvey and Kate Hall hosted workshops on Inclusion, Accessibility, Funding, Expedition training and paperwork, DofE and Young people’s point of view, Social media and the recording tool eDofE. Ellie Griffiths our new PSO DofE also joined the team.
South East Region were there to support the day and celebrated success with certificates to each DofE Centre letting them know how many hours of social value the young people doing their DofE had achieved in each DofE Centre. We also had a County wide Certificate celebrating the hours spent by all West Sussex DofE Centres across the county.
These were 25935 hours Volunteering, 22113 hours Skill and 26637 hours Physical. Social value of these hours is £105,036.75
The conference was also a really good celebration for success of DofE in West Sussex.
We also had visits from a couple of our partners Access Kit and Escape Outdoors bringing tents, kit and expedition ideas.