The Hamlet had its first cohort of 12 Trainees complete their Gold Award in 2023

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What is Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

Anyone aged 14-24 can do a D of E at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. With assistance from D of E Leaders, participants will select and set objectives in each of the following areas.

Volunteering – Undertaking service to individuals or the community. This cannot be for a business or family member but can be for a charity or for a not – for profit organisation.

Physical – improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

Skills – developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

Expedition – planning, training for completing an unaccompanied adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

At Gold Level – Participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

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Participants must also undertake a further three months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section.



This section is to inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual’s life and develop compassion by giving service to others.

Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to something useful, without getting paid. Participants can choose to volunteer individually, as part of a team or with their D of E group.


This section is all about inspiring young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in physical activity.


The aim is to inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.

Something old, something new – it doesn’t matter. Young people can choose to improve on an existing skill or develop a new one.


Doing an expedition inspires young people to develop initiatives and a spirit of adventure and discovery by planning training for and completing an adventure as part of a team.