DofE Scotland – Gold Awards Presentation

This year, I was asked to present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to over 30 young people in my group. It was a privileged to be asked to do so after a few years when I received my Gold Award at Holyrood Palace. It was well timed too as we mark twenty days to go till Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with David Grevemberg, CEO of Glasgow 2014 joined the host of celebrities, Nina Nesbitt, Paul Brannigan, actor, Tony Singh, Chef, David Murdoch, Sochi 2014 Silver medallist in Curling, Chris Paterson, MBE, Scottish Rugby Union Ambassador and many others.

It was conferred that I was the youngest and only fellow Gold Award holder to be on hand to present the Awards to the youngsters this year.

These young people have demonstrated the resilience and tenacity to work hard to achieve their record of achievements during course of the Award. They should be extremely proud of what they have achieved as I firmly believed that the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme had serve them well and will aid them onto their next aspiration in life.

As a recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, I know how much the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme had taught me about myself. However, I would like to thanks Garry MacLeod (MBE) from the Glasgow City Council for being my mentor while I was doing mine on a solo capacity. Garry worked with me to maximise my potential in working towards my Duke of Edinburgh award. Without his support and guidance he had given throughout my award period, I may have never have experienced the self-confidence and self belief to enable me to go on pushing boundaries.
Thereafter, it was Ken Hames (https://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/about-us/celebrity-support/) who saw my capability to succeed while coping with a disability which saddle a number of impairments associated with Cerebral Palsy and ever since he has inspired me to go on further.

Many, many Congratulations to this year’s recipients. They should go out and not yield, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards organisation has given them the attributes to take forward.

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Julie Present the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Scotland’s young people get their Gold

436 young people from across Scotland will receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award this year on Thursday, 3rd July 2014 in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Nina Nesbitt, Paul Brannigan, David Grevemberg, Des Clarke, David Murdoch and Julie McElroy are amongst the celebrity presenters who will be there to celebrate the achievements of the young people and present them with their certificates.

For a few of the presenters this is not their first experience with the DofE. Presenter and disabilities campaigner Julie McElroy is herself a Gold Award holder and said “These young people have demonstrated the resilience and tenacity to work hard to achieve their Award. They should be extremely proud of what they have achieved, as I know that their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will serve them well and help them on their career path.”

By wheelchair was one of the many ways that the Gold Award was completed this year. Innes Martin from Perth & Kinross Council has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair. He used an off-road electric bike to complete his expedition. Innes will be in his special chair when he is presented his Award by Scottish Rugby Union ambassador Chris Paterson.

This year also sees a record number of young people, 5, receiving their Gold Award from the tiny island of Sanday in Orkney which has less than 500 inhabitants. Rosemary and Martyn Newton, DofE Leaders for over 20 years, will be there to see them receive their certificates and be presented with their own Long Service Awards for their commitment to volunteering with the DofE.

Barry Fisher, Director for DofE Scotland, said of the event “It’s wonderful to see such a range of young people receiving their Gold Awards today. The DofE is achievable by all and I’m thrilled to see a full range of backgrounds represented here today, including participants with additional support needs and those from remote areas.

“Each DofE Award is a personal development programme and all of the young people here have met their own personal goals in order to be here. With more and more young people achieving a Gold Award each year, it is a real tribute to the dedication and determination of Scotland’s young people.

List of Presenters:
– Nina Nesbitt, singer
– Paul Brannigan, actor
– David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 CEO
– Tony Singh, Chef
– David Murdoch, Sochi 2014 Silver medallist in Curling
– Chris Paterson, MBE, Scottish Rugby Union Ambassador
– Kevin Guthrie, actor
– Des Clarke, comedian and radio presenter
– Victoria Crowe, OBE, FRSE, RSA, portrait artist
– Julie McElroy, Disabilities campaigner
– Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Chief Corporate Officer
– Steve Montgomery, ScotRail Managing Director
– Sue Walker, Scottish Chief Commissioner, Girlguiding

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Further information about the DofE:
• The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by its Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH The Earl of Wessex is a Trustee.
• Over 42,000 young people are currently taking part in DofE programmes in Scotland at 960 DofE Centres, supported by over 3,500 adult volunteers from all walks of life.
• Last year, 20,794 new young people started a DofE programme in Scotland and 9,923 Awards were achieved.
• In total, over 5 million people have participated in DofE programmes and achieved over 2 million Awards in the UK since 1956.
• Through the volunteering part of their programme, young people give their free time to society with a value of over £24 million per year and volunteers contribute over £17 million per year. That’s over £41 million put back into society!
• A survey with major employers, commissioned by the United Learning Trust, found that a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the most highly valued experience when selecting employees.
• There are over 900,000 young people participating worldwide globally in over 140 countries and territories.
• Since 1956, over 8 million people have taken part across the world, highlighting how the DofE can truly transcend boundaries of race, language, ethnicity and culture.
• The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland
• No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.
• Further information can be found at http://www.DofE.org
• More about the DofE
The DofE Charity
Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 300,000 people aged 14-24 every year. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to take part in our programmes and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We help instil a sense of adventure and have a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.
Our mission
To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise
their achievements.
DofE programmes
Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.
– Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
– Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
– Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
– Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an 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 shared activity.
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. The result is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike.
Where it is run

DofE programmes are delivered under licence by over 700 partners (Licensed Organisations) who offer it in 11,500 DofE groups run in centres such as youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, academies, colleges, universities, young offender institutions and businesses, which are run and supported by over 48,000 adult volunteers.