Sheffield’s young volunteers are going for gold

Duke of Edinburgh Awards'Bronze winner Dominic Kirk
Duke of Edinburgh Awards'Bronze winner Dominic Kirk
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INSPIRING volunteers giving their generation a good name have been given special honours.

Hundreds of school pupils and college students from across Sheffield were honoured at the city’s Duke of Edinburgh Award annual presentation.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Gold Award Winners with Chris Morgan

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Gold Award Winners with Chris Morgan

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell was guest of honour as a total of 332 awards were dished out to students from Birkdale, King Ecgbert, King Edward VII, Sheffield High, Silverdale and Tapton schools and Norton College. Cadets taking part in the D of E scheme from the 366 King Ecgbert ATC Squadron also collected the gongs.

Of those receiving awards at the Cutler’s Hall ceremony, 43 were given Gold – the highest possible accolade.

Helen Wedge, of the DofE Sheffield Award Centre, said: “The evening was a huge success and a brilliant opportunity for all young people in Sheffield to celebrate achieving their awards together many thanks to all who supported the evening and for their valuable contributions.”

Young people take part in a range of different activities – from sports, to developing a skill such as learning a musical instrument, to helping out at residential homes and charity shops – to gain their badges.

Hopefuls must also take part in an expedition where they learn key survival skills and cook meals together.

David Bowes, executive headteacher at Tapton School, introduced a group of young people who had achieved their Bronze Awards and told the audience about the positive impact the DofE has in the school environment. The young people then shared the experiences of their expedition.

Guests heard of how those achieving their Gold Award had travelled to Scotland and the Cumbrian fells for their expedition, mentored other young people and carried out hospital visits as part of their work.

Ms Wedge said: “Throughout, the young people had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt the experiences showed what an impact doing DofE can have, and that they had developed skills for life.”