Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

18th December 2007 2:22pm - Return to press releases

From Left to Right: Iain Goldie, Tutor, group of foundation studies students and at the right Megan Price, Senior Youth Worker at East Riding Council.

Megan Price, Senior Youth Worker at East Riding Council, visited East Riding College to present them with the certified approval certificate, to become an Access Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The award is a challenging programme of activities which help you to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold and for each level, you complete activities in four sections ? Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Expeditions.

A group of students on The Foundation Studies course at East Riding College are working towards the Bronze Award. The students are looking at the Service section first, and have chosen to identify the needs of the voluntary service Oxfam. One of the ideas for ways in which to raise money for Oxfam is to collect mobile phones and ink cartridges for recycling. ?5 is given for a mobile and ?1 for an ink cartridge.

The students have had a huge response to their request and received in one week alone, 122 ink cartridges and 12 mobile phones. This project could be the start of something much bigger than anticipated.

Student, Rebecca Bowering, aged 16 from Kirkella, said ?I am very pleased to be involved with this worthwhile cause and to offer further support for Oxfam and the work they do. We are going to look at the possibility of working as a volunteer in the Oxfam shops.?

Shaun Sissons, aged 17 from Market Weighton said, ?Through the Oxfam charity we are helping people in England and Africa. We are looking at ways to save water and researching how Oxfam will spend the money. I am really pleased to be involved in this scheme and for the College to achieve this prestigious award.?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is open to anyone and no special qualifications are needed, just a willingness to have a go. The scheme is offered at local youth clubs, voluntary youth organisations, schools and colleges. Many organisations such as employers and universities take a good view of the Award and what it says about the person who has achieved it.

Megan Price, Senior Youth Worker said, ?I am delighted that East Riding College students have risen to the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award by becoming an Access Organisation. The Award is available to young people aged 14 ? 25 who are able to take part in interesting and challenging activities.

I am looking forward to hearing about the different activities that the group get involved in.?