Help the Duke celebrate 60 years

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Somerset County Council’s Duke of Edinburgh team is on the lookout for a volunteer to help lead its 60th birthday celebrations.

More than 50 groups in Somerset, across schools, colleges and community groups, are approved and supported by Somerset County Council to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award.

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the scheme. The volunteer event coordinator will be supported by the team to help plan and support events and activities to commemorate this momentous anniversary.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Last year was a record-breaker for the DofE scheme in Somerset, with more young people than ever completing the programme.

“It has made a real difference to many young people over the years and 2016’s anniversary is a big year for DofE nationally. We hope someone will be able to spare some time and expertise to help plan a suitably adventurous and inspiring way of celebrating it in Somerset.”

The Council’s licence to support the DofE programme in the county has just been extended until 2018. The team will work closely with partners in schools, colleges and community groups to help ensure more young people are able to start, and complete, DofE programmes.

Anyone interested in the volunteer events coordinator role, other voluntary posts or the Duke of Edinburgh programme in Somerset, can email dofe@somerset.gov.uk

You can find more information about Somerset County Council volunteering opportunities via www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering

In 2014-15 in Somerset there were:
• 2,100 new-starts to the Duke of Edinburgh programme
• 947 completions – 660 for Bronze, 158 for Silver, and 129 for Gold – and at least 20,000 volunteer hours contributed by these DofE participants
• Those who completed the Gold Award were recognised for their achievement at a London ceremony in the presence of HRH the Earl of Wessex
• 15¼ years (5,567 days) were spent walking on expeditions
• Over 3,000 nights were spent under canvas
• Around 400 volunteers were involved