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Welcome to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Kirklees

This web site is dedicated to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award run under the Kirklees Metropolitan Council Operating Authority. Its purpose is to provide easy access to the most commonly required information and to act as a focus for Kirklees DofE activity. DofE is a real adventure from beginning to end.

It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there's more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

You can do DofE at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold.


Kirklees DofE Christmas Fayre


We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone for your valued support for the Christmas Fayre on Saturday. So much hard work was put in, not only on the day but also in weeks running up to the event. We had a fantastic turn out of over 2000 people having a go on all the activities and purchasing crafts made by the young people. It was also a pleasure to see such diversity of people from Kirklees attending and supporting the Fayre. 

Steve Dunn
Kirklees DofE Award Trust


Winter Residentials


Winter is Coming! And so are the Residentials.

It is the time to start thinking about your Gold Residential and we have two opportunities coming up at February Half Term. Winter WACKY is an opportunity to work with Young people with additional needs and disabilties helping to run different activities throughout the week. We also have our Canal & Conservation Residential where participants will be getting the hands dirty, working along the canal and in the woods to clear areas and do general maintance to improve the areas.

Winter WACKY Young Volunteer
Downloadable Letter

Canal & Conservation Residential
Downloadable Letter


Winter WACKY


Winter WACKY is making it's return!! A week long of activities for young people with additional needs and disabilities.

This years Winter WACKY will run from Tuesday 20th Feb - Friday 23rd Feb 2018. If you have not been before then why not have a look at our WACKY page and gallery to see the activities and fun we get up to.

Book early so not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Winter WACKY Young Person Letter
Downloadable Letter and Booking Form


Cummins Team Building Morning


Staff from Cummins in Huddersfield enjoyed a brilliant morning of team building and activities. Cummins have been a big supporter of Little Deer Wood sending staff on volunteer days to do jobs and have also helped to fund for different projects including the Accessible Low Ropes Course.

Everyone had a fantastic morning and got to see the fun and learning that has been a result of their support!



Raining Poppies Display @AMAZE


Participants at AMAZE in Almondbury have been working hard over the last few weeks to create this fantastic display shown above. During the sessions the young people have been recyling old 2L pop bottles, cutting them up and painting them to look like poppies. They then hung them from string in the trees to give this Raining Poppy effect. During the sessions they also talked about the importance of Remberance Day and the people who gave their lives in the wars and conflict from the past and present.

It is such a special display and we are all very proud of the hard work our volunteers and participants have put in to the display!!



October Open Expeditions


The weekend saw the last Open Expedition Weekend of the season and it was a cracker!!

We had particpants from BBG Academy, Mirfield Free Grammar, Moorend Acadamy, Heckmondwike Grammar, Cadets, Shelley College and Mirfield & Holmfirth Open Award Centres all completing Bronze or Silver Qualifying ventures.
Also particpants from Greenhead and AAP participants taking part in their practice expedition preparing them for their qualifier in the Yorkshire Dales next week.

Everyone has done amazingly well this weekend and we send out a huge thank you to all the staff that make this happen.


September Open Expeditions


Bronze and Silver groups with participants from Shelley College, Salendine Nook, BBG Academy, North Huddersfield Trust and Mirfield & Holmfirth Open Award Centres were all out this weekend.

All groups did really well in either completing their practice venture and making sure everything is ready and they have the skills for their qualifier in October, or completing the expedition section with their qualifying expedition and presentation.

A big well done to all that took part and thank you to all the staff involved in the weekend.


WACKY and Residentials

Residential Project

Three weeks have flown past once again!!

WACKY has been brilliant as ever with the addition of Junior WACKY in week two. Young People with additional and special needs have been taking part in activities such as cycling, dog training, many different arts and crafts, archery, karaoke,football, all different types of cooking, fishing (where they even caught a eel!!) dam building, boccia, natural art, canoeing, music, sleepovers, visits and canal boat trips!!!

We have also seen the opening of our Accessible Low Ropes Course, the completion of our new toilet and shower block in the woods, the welcoming of Bambi the Cummins Turbo Deer and lots of luck wishing to our friends from WACKY taking part in the Special Olympic Games in Sheffield.

As well as WACKY we have had the Gold WACKY Residentials that have been supporting the activities on WACKY and helping in all the fun. There has also been the Gold Canal & Conservation Residentials that have been working ever so hard on the Canal Work Boat and in the woods each day.

Its hard to believe it is all fitted into just three weeks! Have a look at the gallery to see everything we have got up to and why not join us for Winter WACKY in February.

A special thank you to all the staff and volunteers that have given up part of their summer to help us run WACKY and making it such a fun experience and highlight of the year for the young people involved!

The Grand Opening of The Accesible Low Ropes Course

Residential Project

The Grand Opening of Accessible Low Ropes Course in Little Deer Wood was attending by Major Stan Hardy - Deputy Lieutenant, Steve Dunn Chairman Kirklees DofE Trust, Anthony Llewelyn - Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Free Masons West Yorkshire, Anya Philip - of Cummins and many volunteers and participants show casing the elements.

The Low Ropes Course is the only accessible by all course outside of the Lake District. It has been designed so that everyone no matter what your abilty is able to take part in the course. The project has been 3 years in the making, finding the funding, finding a company to create and help to design, building of the course, testing and writing of the operation procedures.

It was an excellent event enjoyed by all that attending and we hope to see a lot of use from the Low Ropes Course in the future. Thank you to all that attending and all that have helped us in this project!

Have a look at the gallery at some of the photos taken from the event.


Bambi Arrives @ Little Deer Wood

Residential Project

Bambi has arrived at Little Deer Wood and she has taken pride of place in the entrance to the activity centre in Mirfield.

Bambi has been made by Cummins Inc. in Huddersfield out of Turbo engine parts.

Many Thanks to Chris Green, a technician in the Lab Ops Deptament at Cummins Turbo Technologies, St. Andrews Road, Huddersfeild.


The Very Wet Summer Gold Expedition's

Residential Project

You say Summer Expedition and you tend to think of hot sunny weather. The three Gold groups that spent last week in the North York Moors might have a different view now. The weather was a very challenging factor in thier gold expedition.

Despite the weather being so bad, the groups came together and showed true team spirit, helping each other through to complete their qualifying expedition.

All the Staff were so very proud of the groups and what they went through. Very Well Done To Them All!!


Gold Expedition Opportunities

Residential Project

To achieve the Gold Award, you need to complete an expedition. This involves travelling for 4 days and camping out for 3 nights in wild country.

Kirklees groups are offering a number of packages for 2016. Please see the letters and booking forms below for more information and keep an eye out for other exciting opputunities soon to be announced.

Kirklees OAC - 2017 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2017 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2017 Gold Autumn Walking with Training Weekend Package
Letter and Booking Form

Canoe - 2017 Gold Easter 2018 Canoe Package
Letter and Booking Form

Kirklees OAC - 2018 Gold Easter Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2018 Gold Easter Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

**AAP forms are for people not in a Kirklees DofE Registered Group**

June Open Expedition Weekend

Residential Project

Summer has arrived!! The Weather this weekend was VERY HOT! We had 21 bronze groups out from Salendine Nook, Royds Hall and Huddersfield Grammar. All did amazingly well in the heat and now look to be moving forward to thier qualifying expeditions.

A very well done to everyone involved in the weekend!!


Forget Me Not Children's Hospice Volunteering Opportunities

Residential Project

Forget me Not Children's Hopsice currently have volunteering opportunities that might be of interest to DofE participants.

Please see the downloadable file for more information on the different opportunities and contact Jacquai Smith with your interest.

forget me not Volunteering Oppounities (.PDF, 444KB)


Upcoming First Aid Training Opportunity

Residential Project

Kirklees DofE have arranged various First Aid Courses for this Autumn.

All First Aid courses will be held at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre and can be used to validate NGB Instructor Awards such as ML, HML, SPA, BCU, RYA, etc.

Dates and Booking Forms can be found below

Activity First Aid - 30 Sept-1 Oct 2017 - Booking Form

First Aid at Work - 10-12 Oct 2017 - Poster & Booking Form

First Aid at Work - 7-9 Nov 2017 - Poster & Booking Form

Activity First Aid - 25-26 Nov 2017 - Booking Form

To book on to a course please fill in this downloadable booking form and send it to Julie Martin, julie.martin@kirklees.gov.uk
If you require any more information, please contact Denise Bedford.

To find out more courses being run by Kirklees DofE please visit our Leader Training page


Pass it On Volunteering Opportunities

Residential Project

Yorkshire Children's Centre, Pass It On Charity Shops currently have volunteering opportunities that might be of interest to gold participants.

Please see the downloadable file for more information on the different opportunities and contact Jacquai Smith with your interest.

Pass It On Volunteering Oppounities (.docx, 676KB)