January 29. 2014
Set up in 1956 by its Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), allows young people to give their free time to society at a value of over £24million per year. Today it has over 300,000 people in the UK aged 14-25 currently taking part, 30,000 of which are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This February marks DAKS 20 year anniversary supporting the important youth charity as a Silver Partner. To mark this occasion we’ve looked at some of the DofE’s achievements during our time of support.
In the last 20 years the DofE have awarded over 1.2 million DofE Awards (of which 120,568 were DofE Gold Awards), bringing it to a grand total of 2.2million DofE Awards granted in the UK since it began. In November 2013 with 234,000 participants to date achieving their Gold Award, the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 500th Gold Award presentation.
Other milestones for DofE include becoming one of the first major youth bodies to have a presence on the internet, thanks to a 16 year-old participant in the mid-1990s, today they can be found at www.dofe.com. In 2006, when they celebrated their 50th anniversary they were granted a Royal Charter by the Privy Council, a relatively rare event. Three years later, research by the University of Northampton provided conclusive evidence about the DofE’s positive impact on young people. With a survey of major employers finding that the DofE Award is the most highly valued experience when selecting employees.