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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

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Little Deer Wood Activity Centre is being turned into a Winter Wonderland on Saturday 1st December.

You are able to walk round the centre and try your luck at the tombola and raffle, visit the cake and craft stalls. 
There will be donkey rides and canal boat trips available. 
Have a go at Archery, Climbing and Bush Craft Activities. 
Live Music throughout the day on two stages.
There is also the opportunity to see Santa himself and receive a gift!!

There is a £1 per person entry which also gets you a programme for the day with details to the Live Music set list and information about the Award and Centre.

The event is all run by volunteers to help raise money for activities for local young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

It really is a fun filled day for all of the family and would really appreciate it if you can help to raise awareness of the event and come and support us on the day!

Many Thanks


DofE Supervisor & Assessor Courses

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This February we are going to run both the DofE Expedition Supervisors Training Course (ESTC) and DofE Expedition Accreddited Assessor Scheme (EAAS). These course we help new Expedition leaders learn their roles and responsibilities while on expedition and enable them to assess groups upon completion of the course.

Both Courses will be run at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre on the following dates and times:

Expedition Supervisors Training Course - Saturday 2 Feb 19, 9am-5pm
Expedition Accreddited Assessor Scheme - Sunday 3 Feb 19, 9am-5pm

Each course cost £65, drinks will be provided but you must bring your own lunch. To book on please fill in the Delegate form and send it back to dofe.awards@kirklees.gov.uk

Booking forms:
Expedition Supervisors Training Course (.docx, 19kb)
Expedition Accreddited Assessor Scheme (.docx, 19kb)


Countryside Leader Award (CLA)

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The Countryside Leader Award is a recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to to lead walking groups in lowland countryside, impart the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk, have responsibility for the care of others while leading a day walk and plan and lead overnight camps.

This qualification is ideal from leaders wanting to run Bronze and possibly silver expeditions in lowland countryside.

More information can be found at www.kirkleesdofe.org/littledeerwood/cla.html

Training: £180
Information Evening - 17th October 2018
Weekend - 9th - 11th November 2018
Assessment: £180
Weekend - 3rd - 5th May 2018
Combined including NNAS Silver on Passing: £360

Download Booking Form

To book on to this course you must meet the Pre-requisite experience, register with CLA and then fill in and send back the downloadable booking form and send it to dofe.awards@kirklees.gov.uk.
If you require any more information, please contact Danny Kirkpatrick.

Outdoor Activity First Aid

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Due to the demand we have provided another opportunity for you to complete the Activity First Aid Course. This course deals with issues involved with care of casualties in a remote setting. It includes primary and secondary surveys of a casualty, first aid equipment and how you may adapt and improvise your own equipment to support your first aid kit. A lot more emphasis is placed on incident management.  We assume minimal outdoor equipment is available. There are plenty of opportunities to practice first aid.

This 2 day (16 hour) course is recognised by the National Governing Bodies and AALA such as the Mountain Leader Training, Countryside Leader AwardBritish Canoe UnioBritish Cycling, Forrest Schools, British Association of Snowsport Instructors etc. Be sure to check your NGB requirements. 

Saturday 20th – Sunday 20st October 2018

Download Booking Form

To book on to a course please fill in this downloadable booking form and send it to dofe.awards@kirklees.gov.uk
If you require any more information, please contact Steve Dunn.

Gold Expedition Opportunities

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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 - 2018 Gold Autumn Walking Package
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2018 Gold Autumn Walking Package (No Training)
Letter and Booking Form

AAP - 2018 Gold Autumn Walking Package (Including Training)
Letter and Booking Form

* If you are not registered to a Kirklees DofE Group, you will need the Approved Activity Provider (AAP) Letter.


Gold paddle Expedition River Wye

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Qualifier - 13-18th April 2019

134 Kilometers over four days down the beautiful River Wye - are you up for the challenge!

Based at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre, Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield, all paddle and expedition training is undertaken by experienced and qualified Instructors. Starting in September, you will be eligible for 6 months worth of open boat (Canadian) canoeing for your physical section, and a Residential Project is included too.

Places are limited to 24 paddlers so it is a case of first come first serve…

For timetable and further details please email: martin.bedford@kirklees.gov.uk

Spring 2019 Letter & Booking Form


Volunteer Week 2018 - THANK YOU!!!

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This week is a very special week, Volunteer Week!! This week, as we do all year through, we thank all our volunteers for their hard work and time given up to help the young people in Kirklees achieve!!

All that we do could not be achieved with out the kindness of all our volunteers!



Dr Reddy's Celebration Event @ Little Deer Wood

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As part of Dr Reddys ten year celebrations the staff from the Mirfield plant spent the day at Little Deer Wood Activity Centre. The DofE in Kirklees  are grateful to Dr Reddys for all their continued support so it was really good to have the  opportunity to welcome them and play host for their special event.  Dr Reddys staff were introduced to a variety of different  activities including bouldering, crate stacking, canoeing, archery, low ropes challenge, orienteering and geocaching.  They all worked really well together and supported each other through the various challenges.  Delicious Indian Cuisine was served in the log cabin and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  They had definitely worked up a very healthy appetite!

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Manager of Reddy’s Mirfield, Ged O’Shea said that “Everyone who took part had a great time. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Volunteers who led the sessions. They have a knack  of encouraging everyone to support each other. Nobody is frightened of having a go at things they haven’t done before and we all help each other to do the best we can and have fun in the process, Thank you.”


Forget Me Not Children's Hospice Volunteering Opportunities

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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)


Pass it On Volunteering Opportunities

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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)