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Could your organisation support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales?

ICAEW’s local office in Wales recently met with Ian Gwilym, Duke of Edinburgh's Relationship Manager based in Brecon to find out how ICAEW members and our organisation might help support the work of the Charity. It was an enlightening meeting.

The challenge

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award logoHere in Wales, we have the highest proportion of the UK’s young people who are unemployed and not receiving any form of education or training. Youth unemployment in Wales is higher than the average across the UK at 17.4%, with one of our main cities having one of the highest UK rates of youth unemployment at 27%. Our country has some of the highest levels of overweight and obesity levels in young people due to low levels of physical activity with unhealthy eating patterns. 65% of 14-16 year olds in Wales are not achieving the recommended guidelines of moderate intensity physical activity. [Source: Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)]

Many of these young people are also lacking skills for employment such as self-esteem, confidence, communication, discipline and team working. Whether held back by lack of opportunity, disability, poor schooling, deprivation, low expectations or a lack of confidence, many thousands of young people in Wales today are failing to achieve their potential. The DofE Charity wants to change the headlines and support future generations to live healthy, prosperous and independent lives.

Did you know that the DofE Charity helps over 400,000 young people (UK-wide) to challenge themselves, build essential skills and transform their lives every year. The Charity aims to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Their ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers and to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.

The finances

The DofE in Wales needs to raise over £140,000 annually to enable it to support its current operation and to further develop its reach to some of the most deprived areas
and disadvantaged young people across our region.

Research shows that employers love seeing potential new employees with a DofE Award. It tells them they are dealing with determined individuals who, through many months of progressive and committed activity, have developed the ability to overcome challenges, manage their lives and help others. There are far too many young people not getting this amazing self-development opportunity.

Can you help support more young people from across Wales to reach their full potential?

Whether you’re an ICAEW member looking for a fundraising challenge or an organisation looking to create a partnership, supporting the DofE Charity will help give young people opportunities to be the best they can be, regardless of the school they attend or their background.

Are you part of the DofE Alumni?

Over five million young people have done their DofE since HRH The Duke of Edinburgh first set it up in 1956. Are you one of them?

Here’s your chance to inspire other young people. Tell them what you’re doing now and how the DofE helped you get there.

Get in touch

You can contact the DofE’s office in Wales via the website, by email: wales@DofE.org or by calling Ian directly on 01874-623086.

Plus there’s even more information on the Charity through the following social media channels: