6 November 2013
The Success of our Expedition Trainers Course!
This 3 day – 2 night biannual residential course is core to the Hampshire DofE Training Programme! Every year we are amazed at the demand for this course it is very inspiring to know that there are so many people willing to volunteer their time to work with young people on their expedition training. In the preceding weeks the course requires a very high level of input by all at the DofE Office and their efforts are always much appreciated
Over the years 65+ Training Team staff have supported and assessed 1350+ new Bronze & 650+ new Silver Trainers to supervise DofE Participants through their Expedition Section in Hampshire. Absolutely an amazing number, our research shows that apart from DofE Trainers moving from the area or changing personal circumstances they remain with us for several years, matching our continued growth in participants!
A great Quote from a newly qualified Trainer:
“The whole weekend was educational, inspiring and motivating. I was entertained...and absorbed everything you explained from the moment I sat down in the theatre on Friday until I left feeling very proud of myself on Sunday (I am not just a Bronze [Trainer], I am now a Silver [Trainer]!). Again, thank you for your energy and enthusiasm. You have fired me up!”
Please see our Volunteer Training page for future dates; we are already receiving bookings for the May 2014 course!
DofE Leadership Programme
In 2012/13 we helped pilot The Practical Award Leadership programme (PAL) in Hampshire. It’s now been developed and rebranded as the DofE Leadership Programme (DLP) and the rollout has begun!
It’s for all DofE Volunteers, especially those new to working with groups, which also includes Gold Participants (18yrs+) using DofE Leadership as their Volunteering activity.
There will be two days of training and support through at least three months of development through a DofE Centre for your Continual Professional Development and would be great on your CV!
Take your Volunteering to the next level….
Be quick – the first training date is 23rd November 2013!
British Red Cross award for the Hampshire DofE Youth Forum!
Well done to the team who have been given a certificate from the Humanitarian Citizen Award for their work training over 1,000 young people to save lives.
For more information, please check out the Forum's own website - see if any of your Participants want to join or to book First Aid sessions for your own groups.
Hampshire Open Gold Participants in the paper!
3 Gold Award Holders, all of whom completed their Expedition Section through our Hampshire Open Gold Expedition Programme were 'papped' at the Palace! More than newsworthy for the Lymington Times in late October!
Well done to all those who have attended a Gold Presentation at St James' Palace this year - The Duke of Edinburgh has now hit the milestone of his 500th Gold Award that he has handed to a young person in the Award's history!
News Article 213 kB
Expedition Section - Freetype
We add items to our Session pages whenever we can and here's a reminder of the freetype Keeping Track pages, courtesy of our West Berkshire colleagues. It means an Expedition Assessor can type straight into a copy of the relevant Keeping Track pages if this suits.
These Session pages are found within the Resources area of our website
Expedition Energy Cakes
Courtesy of Tim Symington, who sadly passed away last February , we have some fun-to-make energy cakes for Expeditions. Might be great as part of someone's Skills section or as an evening session! Tim had been a long-standing member of the Youth and Outdoor Service and was key to obtaining the Service's Narrowboat - 'Lady H'.
Please again see the Expedition Tab on our Session pages
We have been updating our Funding page with any new routes to funding for DofE groups/Centres. We realise that funding can be tricky to apply for and will support you where we can. Please also attend your Local DofE Committee meetings, where you may hear about more local funding.
Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge
A possible Skills Activity, The 'STEM' challenge "involves teams of 3 to 6 student team members working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle to set specifications."
Making Waves Update
"Making Waves is a marine education and awareness project jointly led by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Sussex Wildlife Trust, which aims to reconnect communities with the sea as a source of amazing biodiversity. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund from 2012 to 2015."
Local DofE Committee Presentation Dates
We have the majority of dates published for the 2014 Area Presentations
Please take special note of the deadlines for HCC awards to be submitted to our office by. These deadlines are set in stone and flexibility will only be given to the few that have had their Award queried before the deadline and can resolve their queries immediately. I'd advise to give your Participants a deadline a few weeks before this to avoid disappointment. Those who are not able to complete in time will still be invited to the next presentations in 2014-15.
Please also note: The Hart & Rushmoor LDC currently do not have a presentation date, therefore please urge your Participants to either request their certificate directly from this office in writing or have them sent to your DofE Centre, so your can present them there.
Hampshire Open Gold
Going for Gold – are your participants up for the challenge!?
Are you aged 16 -24 years and would you like to join a group working towards their Gold DofE Expedition?
The Hampshire Open Gold Expedition programme has been running for a number of years, is very successful and has enabled lots of young people to complete their Gold Expedition section! 16-24 year olds from across Hampshire and beyond meet at the first introduction weekend in the New Forest with nervous excitement and anticipation about what is to come over the following months. After this initial weekend the group then go onto the mountains for a training weekend often in the challenging and exhilarating weather of early December and, for some - climb their first proper mountain, which is a real sense of achievement! From this stage friendships have begun to form, skills have been gained from an experienced training team of adult volunteers and their plans for the final assessment have begun. Before the Assessment Expedition the groups undertake a 3 day practice expedition, often in the wilds of Snowdonia or Dartmoor, where they put all the skills and teamwork to the test - come rain or shine! The group may also experience wild camping for the first time in the UK’s mountainous environments!
The culmination of all their training and practice is in preparationfor the Assessed Expedition. This is where they carry out the routes they have planned and demonstrate the skills they have learnt to an Expedition Assessor. In the past years the groups have gone to locations such as Scotland, Lake District and Yorkshire but also further afield including Ireland and Norway! For many young people this is an exciting, fun and very rewarding experience, with friendships made for life and some of them regard it as the best week of their lives!!!
These of course are in addition to the other benefits of doing Gold DofE that make it stand out non-academic highlight on a CV, which may be important for that university or job application.
To find out more about this years Open Gold Expedition programme and how you can take part, please visit http://www.hants.gov.uk/open-gold
DofE Leader Meeting - All Hampshire Leaders invited!
Date: Monday 21st October 2013, 6-8pm
Venue: Havant College
Hampshire DofE Youth Forum meeting + Workshop (social media)
Alternative modes of travel for Expeditions:
Canoeing – Andy Parker (St Swithuns School DofE Coordinator)
Mountain Biking – Charley Nelson (Havant College DofE Coordinator)
Horse Riding - TBA
eDofE Drop-in session – computers available.
PAL (Practical Award Leadership) launch
Blacks Discount will be in attendance with outdoor clothing & equipment
HOBS (Hampshire Open Bronze & Silver) launch
Please let us know if you are planning to come along! email@example.com
Wristbands and lanyard freebies to those who attend!!
Refreshments will be available.
Expedition Trainers Upgrade training
19th OR 20th October - BOOK NOW!
If you wish to upgrade from Bronze Assistant to Bronze Trainer
Bronze Trainer to Silver Trainer
The sessions are around 3-4hrs in expedition terrain with a member of the DofE training team. Information on times and location (New Forest or South Downs) will be confirmed soon! Please put your preference on your booking form.
MIDAS (MPV) Minibus Training Courses
FREE to DofE Leaders!
The Outdoor Education, PE and DofE Service are able to offer some further FREE MIDAS & D1 minibus driving training courses for DofE Leaders. All DofE leaders who are driving young people in minibuses (regardless of size) should hold a current MIDAS certificate.
This course is only for those who do not have a D1 category on their driving licence or would only be interested in driving smaller minibuses (normally under 7-14 seaters and under 3.5 tonne weight limit)
This consists of two parts - a theory training session then a practical driving training session.
Theory session: Thursday 7 November, 6.30-9pm
Falcon House, Monarch Way, Winchester, SO22 5PW
Practical session: to be arranged with the trainer at a later date whilst at the theory session
The Outdoor Education, PE and DofE Service has been able to discount the cost of the course so that it is FREE of charge to attend for DofE leaders.
Important notes - please read!!!
All drivers will need to be over 21 years held a full licence for 2 years and have no more than 5 penalty points in the last 5 years.
This is for those who have passed their test after Jan 1997 and don't have D1 category on their licence as they can only drive the smaller minibus approx 7-14 seats (under 3.5 tonnes)
The above course does not include wheelchair accessible vehicles
For those interested in driving the larger buses (17 seaters), that require the D1 driving licence category as a pre-requisite, a further MIDAS course will be arranged at a later date and details sent out.
To book on the course:
Please complete and forward our course booking form 104kb to the HantsCC DofE Office stating clearly which course you wish to attend
For any queries about this please contact Chris Golby: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07540 238241.
Teachers / Group Leaders course
Hampshire Mountain Centre
Date: 15 - 17 November 2013
This training is available to HCC teachers & youth workers at the Hampshire Mountain Centre, Brecon, S.Wales.
You will spend time finding out about the centre, its facilites and potential uses.
Please do feel free to download the poster and/or visit their website
For enquiries: email@example.com or 01874 622914
A clash of foils at the County Gold Award Presentation!
This year over 100 young people from across Hampshire successfully completed their Gold DofE, including those from the Boys Brigade, Girl Guides, and Hampshire Scouts. Celebrations were held at The Great Hall, Winchester on Friday 5th July.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Fencing Champions Oscar O’Hara and Tom Hendry.
Oscar, who is a Ditcham Park School pupil is the 8th best fencer in UK in the British Youth Championships under 16 category and is in the under 17 GB squad.
Tom Hendry (Oscar’s Coach) is commonwealth champion, and has just been selected for the Olympic Pathway for Rio.
We wish them well for their Olympic training and all the best for Rio!
Expedition Trainers course 4-6 October
The next Expedition Trainer/Supervisor course (Burgate!) is fast approaching!
There are already 60+ provisional bookings, half of which will have their places confirmed in the next two weeks..!
With a shorter time period, especially for schools/colleges, in which to complete pre-requisites and make final bookings - please ensure these are completed and forwarded asap to avoid disappointment. The pre-requisites must be completed / in motion by 13th September in order to ensure eligibility and confirmation of your place for the course!
To cover the Intro to DofE course pre-requisite there are 3 dates available:
630 - 930pm
Romsey School, Romsey
5 - 8pm
Fort Hill Community School, Basingstoke
530 - 830pm
Osborne School, Winchester
*Providing your volunteer registration is in place, then your confirmation pack will be provided at the end of the night and you will be asked to complete your ability & medical forms there and then if possible in readiness for the 4-6th Oct weekend.
Life Outdoors - Supporting DofE leaders and groups in the Hampshire area
15% off for award participants
20% off for leaders
Kit list training evenings in store or at your
local meeting venue
Group footwear fittings and boot
Contact Blacks, Whiteley
The Narrowboat Experience!
On a warm but sadly dull June morning 7 young people aged 16 -20 from the Hampshire Award Programme arrived at Newbury Marina for a day out on the HCC owned narrowboat ‘The Lady H’.
After an initial briefing on the jetty, one of the first major challenges of the day had to be faced. One young person was terrified of water. He was happy to be by the water but the thought of stepping off the jetty onto the boat was going to be his greatest challenge of the day, with a lot of reassurance from the rest of the group (something that wouldn’t have happened a few months ago) and support from the staff he made the step over the water! After looking round the boat and a walk to the nearest lock to see what they had to do, we set off on our voyage of discovery.
Throughout the course of the day the group were given the chance to take the helm and steer the boat, albeit very slowly, the young people gradually realised that steering 62ft of metal is harder than it looks. All the young people in the group managed to successfully take the helm for parts of the journey. Down in the galley members of the group were learning that due to the limited space they had to work together in order for the lunch to materialise!
Throughout the day fears about the water began to diminish as each and every team member had to take their part when we arrived at the locks. Having learnt good teamwork the locks were opened quickly with the minimum of effort.
By the end of our voyage we had persuaded the group that narrowboating wasn’t what they perceived it to be. The group were communicating with each other and working as a team. Three of the group members were busily planning how to take a boat out on their own!
So why book the ‘Lady H’...?
Encourages team work particularly in a small space
Learn new skills in relation to environment, heritage and life skills
Encourage the groups to appreciate a slower pace of life
Learn how to live without everyday technology
Please do get in touch if you are interested in taking the Lady H Narroboat for a spin!
Free MIDAS courses for HCC DofE registered volunteers!
We have a planned date in for some MIDAS minibus driver training in the smaller size minibuses.
All DofE leaders who are driving young people in minibuses (regardless of size) should hold a current MIDAS certificate.
This would be for people who:
Don't have D1 category on their driving licence,
& have passed their test after 1997 and enables them to drive buses up to 3.5 tonnes which is generally 9-14 seaters, but depends on the type of bus (full details will be given on the course)
The course will be on Wednesday 24th July from 6.30-9pm in Winchester for the theory session.
There will also be a practical driving session for 2 hours to be arranged for a later date (likely to be during August)
Please note the following information:
All drivers will need to be over 21 years held a full licence for 2 years
and have no more than 5 penalty points in the last 5 years.
This course is free of charge to HCC DofE registered volunteers
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly if you wish to attend this course,
Reducing Queried Awards
Well done to everyone who completed their awards through the Spring presentation rush!
There has definitely been an extended spike in submitted awards and we have been working hard to clear these before our promised 30day wait, usually hitting within two weeks! During this period we have noticed recurring instances whereby we have had to query awards and the number of submitted awards with 'queried' status has hit 120+ for the county!
Please do use the eDofE completion help sheet 63kb to make sure you've covered all the bases, the usual suspects are...
The incorrect activity is used for the section. Please use the section pages on the national DofE site to inform your approval of programme planners (especially the ideas under 'helpful downloads'). If the participant has had to freetype an activity then it's always worth checking and we are always here to solve anything you are unsure of!
The evidence does not match the programme planner, usually when the dates don't match or do not show enough calendar months have been undertaken.
The participant comments are missing - we value these as a mandatory at HCC DofE
We look forward to clearing these 'Queried' awards, especially when a young person is so close and it's usually a quick fix!
National Citizen Service
It's back(!), but not in the same guise as yesteryear!
You can take this on during a summer and beyond on top of your DofE award and/or
Incorporate it into your Volunteering activity if you continue on for the minimum selected months (1hr per wk)
If you are doing Gold and will only previously know a max of one person - use it as your Residential
For more info... 28kb
Ping Pong Volunteering Opportunity!
Hampshire County Council, The English Table Tennis Association and The Sport Hampshire & IOW have come together to bring a FREE awareness event to promote the engagement of older people in active hobbies.
The Ping Pong Care Campaign is coming to Hampshire!
Looking to provide something different for older people in your district?
Concerned about the well-being of older people and want to help provide opportunties for them to stay active?
Looking for ways to involve older people in their local community and reduce social isolation?
If you would like to find out what practical support is available to help you bring Ping Pong to your community then join us at the Hampshire Ping Pong Care Campaign Awareness event.
Venue: Winchester Discovery Centre
Date: 19th July 2013
Time: 9:30am (10am start) to 12:30pm