We are amazingly proud of all our Members across the Region who completed their DofE Awards during 2020 despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. In all, 65 of our young women gained their Awards: 44 of these were Bronze, 18 were Silver and three were Gold Awards. Over half of these were completed after the first lockdown was announced in March 2020 which is a fantastic achievement.
Many participants were able to catch up with the necessary admin for previously completed activities and to load evidence onto eDofE for their Leader to approve which enabled them to gain their Awards. Berkshire, Devon, Hampshire North and Wiltshire South who had completed their expedition training before the first lockdown began, were able to plan and complete 'go home' expeditions when restrictions were eased.
County and Island DofE Advisers kept in touch with their participants throughout all the difficulties and have continued to recruit new participants. They are currently deciding how best to run their expedition programme in 2021 which is likely to be a mix of virtual and face-to-face training sessions with 'go home' expeditions.
The DofE has introduced some temporary programme changes and the Girlguiding Website offers lots of advice and suggested activities to help young people continue with their DofE work during the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic. Age extensions are available for participants who are nearing their 25th birthday and for those who enrol onto the DofE before 31 July 2021, a Certificate of Achievement can be gained for completing the Volunteering, Physical, and Skills Sections when it might not be possible to complete all other elements. In 2020, 16 Certificates were awarded to the Region's Bronze Award participants, six to Silver and eight to our Gold Award participants making a total of 30 overall.
Our congratulations go to all the Region's DofE Award recipients, and our thanks to all the Leaders, DofE Advisers, Expedition Assessors and Expedition Supervisors who have helped and encouraged our Members to achieve their goals.
To find out more about the DofE Award and how you can gain yours during the current restrictions, click here.