Appeal for you to share DofE stories and memories

As The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in Northern Ireland mourns the death of Founder and Patron, HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, it is calling for anyone here involved in the DofE over the decades – including alumni and volunteers – to get in touch and share their DofE stories and memories at DofE.org

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 8:00 am

It was 65 years ago, that HRH Prince Philip established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE has become one of The Duke’s most remarkable achievements and is woven into the fabric of the UK, equipping and empowering young people from all communities to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life and make a difference to the world around them.

The DofE is widely established throughout Northern Ireland Last year 6,018 young people started their programmes in the area and 3,277 Awards were achieved.

Were you a recipient of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) ? Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Whilst the charity mourns the loss of its founder, it celebrates His Royal Highness’ incredible legacy. Kate Thompson, Director for the DofE in Northern Ireland said: “The Duke was a remarkable man who has changed the lives of so many young people through the DofE. He has left us a fantastic legacy. In Northern Ireland programmes are in more demand than ever. Young people clearly feel the DofE is as relevant to them today as it has ever been.

“The visits made by HRH to Northern Ireland to present Gold Award certificates and meet Leaders and volunteers, were always very special occasions and he will be much missed. His legacy will live on as we strive to deliver our strategy to reach more young people from more diverse backgrounds.”

Now the charity is calling for anyone involved in the DofE over the decades to share their DofE stories and memories. In the UK alone, a phenomenal 6.7 million young people have benefitted from taking on the personal challenge of a DofE Award so far.

Ruth Marvel, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: “The Duke’s timeless vision for young people has never been more relevant or needed. The DofE has played a crucial role in supporting young people to survive and thrive despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, and we will continue to build on his legacy.

“We’re honoured to continue HRH’s work”.

Anyone who wants to answer the charity’s call can share DofE stories at DofE.org.