Leaders of the pack
12:02pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A GROUP of Vale young people have demonstrated they are capable of leading the way – after attending a royal charity scheme’s training programme.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) participants Hannah Gaskin from Rhoose, Jonathan Spragg , Rachael Carbis and Jake Paterson, of Barry, recently took part in leadership training to help them to become the next generation of DofE volunteer leaders in the local community thanks to Welsh Government Funding.
The group decided they would like to attend the DofE Wales leadership course to enable them to pass on their experiences and help others as they progress through their DofE journey.
The training, designed for 16 to 20-year-olds kicked off with a three-day residential course.
Two have already been held - one at the Urdd Centre, Glan Llyn in Bala and one at Margam Discovery Centre in Port Talbot.
Courses are designed to give the young people the skills needed to manage their own group of participants aged 14 and over.
Outdoor activities formed part of the basis for the residential course as well as modules in Managing a DofE Group and Teamwork and Leadership Skills.
Groups were given the opportunity to try out team building activities suitable for use with the groups of Bronze participants which they would be leading.
They also covered a range of issues which they might come across as young leaders such as helping young people with additional needs achieve their DofE and how to ensure that appropriate boundaries are in place to support safeguarding policies.
Young volunteer leaders also had the opportunity to undertake a Sports Leaders UK Assistant Basic Expedition Leader Award, first aid training and to sign up to the Millennium Volunteers programme which recognises them for volunteering hours which they carry out.
The young leaders are required to keep a record of their volunteering hours and evidence them in a portfolio.
Once the work has been submitted approved, they will be awarded a certificate in DofE Leadership which is an excellent addition to any CV.
Hannah said: “I learned so much during the residential course and have been able to go straight back to my centre and enthuse the Bronze DofE participants to get out and complete their sections. The DofE has helped me to grow in confidence, meet new friends and learn new skills and I can’t wait to pass on this knowledge to others in my group.”
The Taking the Lead programme is free of charge thanks to Welsh Government grant funding and Silver and Gold DofE participants aged 16 to 20 are eligible to apply to attend.
DofE Wales have a number of residential courses running this autumn and winter across Wales with limited spaces on each.
For application details, visit www.facebook.com/WalesDofE or email Wales@DofE.org