The Andover Growing Together group completed their bronze assessed expedition in the New Forest on the 7th and 8th June in the New Forest and passed with flying colours.
The group made up of six young Mums, ten children under five and six helpers made their way from Rhinefield to Foxlease and then onto Ober water where the group made full use of the shallow stream to paddle and cool down. Play activities in the New Forest were used as aim work and the group made collages with flowers and leaves, made homes for the DofE teddy bear and played hide and seek.
Teresa Monks who assessed the group said, “ I really loved working with the group. It was so special to see how they all grew in confidence over the two days and worked so well as a team supporting each other”
Leadership Academy - 16-20 August 2014
Are you aged between 16-19 and currently doing your DofE Gold Award?
Would you like to develop your leadership potential?
Then why not apply for a place on DofE's exciting Leadership Academy?
This residential is an excellent opportunity to develop your DofE knowledge and leadership ability to then go on to volunteer as an effective leader within your DofE group.
On the residential you will live alongside fellow aspiring leaders from across the South East and undergo training in several aspects of being a DofE leader.
It’s not all work though, and there will be some time for play as you will have the opportunity to hone your leadership skills in range of outdoor challenges.
Afterwards it is your responsibility to put your new skills into action. You will have the opportunity to discuss with your leader where they need support and how you can best benefit your group.
Here are some ideas on how you might be able to support your group;
Delivering or the supporting the delivery of expedition training;
Managing and maintaining equipment;
Managing the group’s publicity, from taking photos and updating noticeboards to social media;
Recruiting and mentoring new participants;
Helping on expeditions;
Supporting the delivery of the physical, skills and volunteering sections;
Giving talks to others on your DofE experience.
For further information and to book a place please call 01753 727450 or email SouthEast@DofE.org
Volunteer at BoomTown Fair!
Get involved, join the crew and raise funds for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have been appointed by BoomTown Fair to recruit volunteers at the festival, which takes place between 7th – 10th August at the Matterley Estate nr. Winchester.
Volunteers will be required to work 3 or 4, 8 hour shifts between 4th – 10th August. In return for your hard work you will benefit from;entry to the festival, crew camping with showers, as well as access to the crew catering quarter for cheaper meals and to the crew bar all weekend. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will also receive a donation from BoomTown for every hour you work and the hope is to raise in excess of £15,000, but they need your help!
All applicants must be 18 years or older. All volunteers are required to pay a refundable deposit of £180 (please note: there will be an additional £10 non-refundable booking fee).
To find out more please email email@example.com
22 May 2014
Shhhh... successful Silent Auction!
Since the last fundraiser at Swanwick Lodge (secure children's home) two members of the group have been released back into the community leaving one young man to continue with fundraising campaign for Hampshire Search and Rescue. (HANTSAR).
So the planning began to host a Silent Auction all proceeds going to HANTSAR. For 1hr a week over 4 months the DofE team, HANTSAR volunteers and the DofE participant worked together to plan, organise and host the Silent Auction. Letters were written to lots of local businesses to ask for any possible donations, to start with we were worried that we wouldn’t get enough donations to make it a viable event. We were, however very pleasantly surprised at the fantastic response we had, we were given over 50 donations of varying value.
The donations included tickets to events, 3 course meals, outdoor equipment, perfume, activity days and many more. Everyone involved with the event would like to thank all those that kindly donated to this very worthy cause. Without the donations the event wouldn’t have been such a success. We would also like to thank all the guests that attended the silent auction and bought the items that were donated, the event was successful on many levels. The event raised a total of £875 on the evening, the profile of HANTSAR was also enhanced and the young man involved grew as an individual. He showed a wonderful level of maturity socialising with all the guests and he helped with the smooth running of the evening telling all the leaders to stop panicking! He also gained some new skills whilst working on the project including cooking a 3 course Mexican themed menu with 2 mains to choose from for 40 people. One guest said “it was better than eating in a restaurant” which was a lovely compliment and I would agree the food was fantastic!
With both events combined a grand total of £1153 has been raised. HANTSAR has indicated they might put the money towards some dry suits for rescues during flooding.
The HANTSAR volunteers have said “It was brilliant to witness the enthusiasm, creativeness and hard work of the young people involved in both fundraising events. Their confidence has grown based on their successes and there is no doubt in their mind that their experience in obtaining the Bronze DofE Award is potentially life changing.”
With only the expedition section left to do there is already talk of starting the Silver Award in November when he turns 15. For the rest of his Bronze Award he has completed his Junior Football Leadership Award for his Skills Section and Boxercise level 1 for his Physical Section with the support of the Reading FC Community Trust.
Up and coming DofE Courses....
2day First Aid course
New Forest School, Fawley
Please forward a booking form to book a place, we have several place left available and everyone on the waiting list has already been offered the dates!
Intro to DofE
Treloar College, Alton
Intro to DofE
Hounsdown School, Totton
This is the last Intro to DofE course before the Autumn term, so it might be worth booking on if you're looking to book onto the Expedition Trainers Course - save you the panic stations in September!
Fare thee well
Abby Roch, DofE Admin Officer, will be leaving us Wednesday 4th June...
"It's been a fabulous ride since I took on Carrie's maternity leave opportunity back in November 2008! After securing the permanent contract I've been part of a department that has come on leaps and bounds and not necessarily along a straightest of paths...?! I've thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Service and hope that it will go from strength to strength under the new 'Hampshire Futures' banner.
I've been privileged to be able to have been on so many adventures such as the many ETC courses, the county's narrowboat, up to st James Palace for a Gold Award Presentation and look forward to any new adventures that come my way...
Keep Volunteering, 'Skillsing', 'Physicalling', Expeditioning, 'Residentialling', eDofEing and most of all - smiling!"
Please ensure that you change any distribution lists etc to sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox while a replacement is found during the summer and be kind to Carrie in the interim!
29 April 2014
Andover Young Mum's first DofE Adventure!
The first expedition weekend of spring saw seven Andover young Mums and ten of their children take their first steps on the way to their DofE Bronze Expedition. In brilliant spring sunshine, the group enjoyed a weekend at Minstead Study Centre and in the New Forest. Saturday afternoon was spent exploring Acres Down where the bouncing bog and hill for rolling down were particular favourites with both mums and tots and Sunday was spent learning about maps on an Easter egg orienteering course followed by pond dipping and parachute games.
The group had a fantastic time and can’t wait for the Practice Expedition in May, again at Minstead with the Qualifying Expedition based at Foxlease in June. The Mums are making story sacks for their aim work to let other young mums know what to expect when they undertake DofE.
The Mums are taking part in the project thanks to grant aid which is funding a full Bronze DofE programme. One young Mum has already gone on to become a parent mentor and a second has trained to be a DofE Leader!
For more information please contact Tracey Churcher, New Forest & Test Valley DofE Field Officer
The Training Course Brochure UPDATED
Please be aware that the Training Course Brochure has been updated for courses up to September and onwards! Please do plan ahead to avoid disappointment and ensure that new Volunteers begin the process to be a DofE Leader as quickly as possible, especially if they would like to then become a DofE Trainer.
All HCC Coordinators who have approved SLAs should have and be using their Learning Zone logins to book their DofE Volunteers onto the training courses.There are only several courses/meetings that require a full booking form, those which are bookable through the Learning Zone are highlighted by their "LZ:..." link in the course headings. However, booking forms will not be turned away if they are the only means available to you!
Here are a number of courses coming up with spaces still available:
Expedition Assessor Reaccreditation
6-9pm, 6th May, Clarendon House, Winchester
Minibus Training for DofE Leaders (FREE)
630-9pm, 3rd June Refresher OR 20th May (New Drivers), Falcon House, Winchester
21st OR 22nd June (3hrs), Expedition area within Hampshire
630-930pm, 7th July, Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh
Introduction to DofE
5-8pm, 11th June, Treloar School, Alton
MIDAS Courses - FREE to DofE Leaders
As per above we organise MIDAS minibus training for DofE Leaders at zero cost.
For more info... 31 kB
This item has been updated 8.5.14 - MIDAS refresher date has changed
Expedition Season 2015
We are aware that many of you have already been planning your 2015 Expedition programmes! Please ensure that you read the guidance section within the Green book/Evolve regarding this, but the official start of the Expedition Season 2015 date is....
1st April 2015
(no, this is not a planned April fools...!)
If you're aged 8-25 and living in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton All4youth would like your help to review the services and support we provide for young people.
They would like to know what you think it is most important to focus on and will use the information you provide to help them write their new organisational strategy for the coming years.
We have revamped the Approvals Guide for completing your Expedition approvals - it includes which forms/documents you need, ratios, National forms etc. Certainly one to keep on file!
Downhill - The movie...30th May release date
We came across this on Twitter and think it's worth a share!
It's a British movie about 4 men who embark on the Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk...it goes 'Downhill' from there...!
25 March 2014
It's District Presentation Season in Hampshire!
A big thank to all the Local DofE Committees (all Volunteers!) for organising the 2014 District Presentations for DofE Award Holders! These invite not only Hampshire County Council DofE Participants, but those from the many other Licenced Organisations operating in the area such as the The Scout Association, Girls & Boys Brigades and Girlguiding UK. With five down and two more to go, a lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure each Bronze & Silver Award Holder (and in some cases Gold too) has a chance to celebrate their achievements amongst their peers; witnessed by their parents and local dignitaries.
Hampshire has had over 1600 Bronze & Silver Award Holders since 1st February 2014 and this can be attributed to the dedication and enthusiasm of hundreds of Hampshire DofE Leaders across the county. Without you these determined DofE Participants will not become Award Holders!
We’ve had support even from Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson for these events over Twitter and we hope that even more Award Holders will achieve next year and attend the annual Presentations.
After the Local District Presentations, the Hampshire DofE Forum, with the help of the Hants CC DofE office, will be holding the Gold Award Presentation in July at the Great Hall, Winchester. Again, all Licenced Organisations are invited, so please do get in touch if you have achieved your Gold Award in the past year! The cut off date for those with approved Gold Awards is Friday 23 May, so don’t miss out!
Join the Hampshire DofE Youth Forum
Participants...(!)...struggling to find something for your Skills/Volunteering Sections?
Want to help improve DofE?
Then please read the note below from our very own Youth Forum..
"We are the Hampshire DofE Youth Forum, we are a group of young people from across the county who are committed to making DofE better than it already is. Our main role is to provide feedback to DofE from the views of the Young People. However our role is a lot more than that, ranging from promoting DofE to helping at presentation evenings and training other DofE Leaders/Participants.
We are known locally, regionally and nationally for our work. We are lead to believe that we are the first ever DofE Youth Forum(!) and we’re now trying to spread our success and hope that other counties will create their own Youth Forums; we already know Medway have created a Youth DofE Panel!
We are currently recruiting for more Young Volunteers to take part. We meet monthly across the county (but you don't need to attend every meeting) and all your travel expenses will be paid for. We've got roles for absolutely everyone, from writing short articles, doing photography to arranging fundraising events. You can even use this for your Skills/Volunteering Section!
If you would like to get involved then please get in touch and we can arrange to have a chat."
Hampshire DofE Youth Forum
First Aid Educators (Skills/Volunteering Opportunity)
The British Red Cross (BRC) are currently recruiting for First Aid Educators across Hampshire. The Hampshire DofE Youth Forum have worked closely with the BRC over the past 2 years, and in order to continue delivering the fantastic course across the county we need more volunteers. You can find full details here, please get in touch with us via email
Don't forget, it's not too late to book us to come to your DofE Centre to teach First Aid! Full details can be found here.
Want to win some free outdoor/DofE goodies? All you need to do is answer our simple DofE related question, and at the end of the month 1 lucky entrant will be randomly chosen.
This months question is 'Where was Prince Philip born (the Duke of Edinburgh)?'. Head over to our website to take part.
Enrolment price rise reminder
Please be reminded that Participant Enrolment prices will rise 1st April 2014 nationally by £1.
For more information, please scroll to the top of this page and go to the 'Feb '14' tab.
The New Forest National Park Authority has a hidden treasure on it's website...
"Visit their Heritage Mapping page to find and play with interactive and slippy maps that show the forest from the sky in normal colour, in near infra-red (great for different types of vegetation) andthrough Lidar mapping.
Lidar (light detection and ranging) mapping is created by laser survey and gives a really detailed view of land heights without interference from vegetation. The website tells you more. It's really useful for close ups of a particular site, archaeological survey, and the false colour maps give a great visual impression of river valleys and landforms without the need to interpret contour lines."
Here's a screen shot to inspire you
Article shared via Yahoo Groups
Camping in the New Forest have been in touch to mention they are open for business for DofE groups this Expedition season.
"The DofE rates are available to all recognised youth organisations. We accept DofE/Youth Group bookings at the majority of our campsites*. A small number of sites will take these bookings in high season, depending on availability at the time of booking. "
Prices are £6 for adults, £4 for students and vehicles are charged at £5.
To speak to their representative on group bookings and DofE camping...
They look forward to welcoming you!
*with the exception of Denny and Matley, Aldridge Hill and Setthorns. No bookings can be taken during bank holiday dates. "
25 February 2014
Workshops'a’plenty from the DofE Team
The DofE team will be sharing their experience and expertise on the Friday and Saturday of the Service Days in various workshops including
Kite Flying - Discover the benefits and how it can be incorporated in the National Curriculum
Indoor Caving - an alternative way to interact with young people, by bringing the outdoors...indoors...!?
Numeracy in the woods - Discover new ways to use numbers and look at the world differently.
Managing challenging behavious in the outdoors - Including drawing positivies outcomes to bring back to the classroom.
These and many more workshops will be available for you to choose from, make sure you check out the website for more information and details on how to book your place - the Saturday is more for youth groups, DofE and non-educational establishments in general, so don't miss out on this tailor made experience!
Enrolment Fee Increase from 1st April 2014
A Message from the South-East region director:
"I am pleased to advise that being very much aware of the current sensitive economic environment, the Charity’s UK Executive has decided not to apply an increase to Licence Fees this financial year (from 1st April 2014). For most of our Licensed Organisation partners this will represent a Fee freeze for a 3rd year. We have also decided to maintain the same level of support to the administration of our Assessor Networks and therefore will hold voucher costs at the 2013 levels (£50 / £70 / £90).
Unfortunately however, given the large scale investments we are making in systems and resources to improve the quality of provision and grow our reach to young people, we are not able to hold all prices. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to increase the cost of Participation Places but have limited this to £1 per Place:
Bronze & Silver: £16,
Which I trust you will agree still represents terrific value for money. We remain committed to the belief that no young person should be prevented from taking part in DofE because of their financial situation and so I am very pleased to advise that we will still be offering free Participation Places and will seek other funding assistance from wherever we can for specific cohorts of participants and groups (such as those with Additional Needs).
Thank you for your continued support of DofE and the work we are doing with you to extend our reach to benefit even more young people."
As a result of the above, HCC DofE will adopt the same enrolment fees from 1st April 2014.
Starbucks Youth Action funding
Programme open now, closes 9.00am 17th March 2014
Youth Action in partnership with Starbucks funds and supports young people to improve their local communities. Up to £1500 or up to £2000 is available to 16-24 years old to run a social action project in their local area.
- Starbucks Youth Action covers England, Scotland and Wales
- You/the young person leading the project must be aged between 16 and 24
- If selected the project leader will need to be available to attend a training day with Starbucks and UK Youth in April 2014
Mountain Leader Training & Assessments
The Hampshire Mountain Centre have their April 2014 courses up and running!
Please do check out their Adult Training page for more info
Outward Bound Trust - Bursaries
"Hants and the Isle of Wight OBA offers bursaries to young people aged 16 - 19 yrs old from the county to attend Outward Bound courses. The Association aims to support those who could benefit most from the opportunity and who would not be able to attend without financial assistance. We aim to help young people within the County and Portsmouth and Southampton Unitary Authorities."
OBA's (please select OBAs in the lefthand menu)
Gold Residential - Earth Wind, & Fire
Now in it's third year, the Earth, Wind & Fire yoga retreat Residential is again available for bookings!
Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August 2014
This residential is based at the Hampshire County Council mountain centre in the Brecon Beacons.
On this retreat you will learn yoga postures, meditation and relaxation and have an introduction to yoga philosophy. The timetable includes a morning yoga practice every day (outdoors when weather permits) and visits to standing stones, waterfalls and mountain tops. There is free time to visit the local town of Brecon and to relax with others on the retreat. You will participate in preparing and cooking your own food.
The cost for the residential is £350 (£325 for Hampshire County Council registered DofE participants). This includes transport to and from Hampshire (or a pick up from Abergavenny) and during the week; accommodation in a very comfortable, spacious centre with beautiful grounds and surroundings; all meals; yoga tuition with an IYT qualified yoga teacher; walks led by qualified mountain leaders; the maximum group size will be 14, so you will receive high quality tuition in a small group.
For further details and an application form, please contact Lesley Charters through the website: www.time2breathe.co.uk and to read more about the retreat and retreat leader
Get clued up on Lyme Disease
Courtesy of a member of our HCC DofE Training Team, via Yahoo forums
"Thanks for all your recent responsces to my request for info on Lyme Disease. I have been to the doctor's today and been given another two weeks on Doxycycline 100mg BID. I am slowly improving, possibly 30% better. I found some very useful info and links on the HPA lyme disease pages. Preston Hospital had diagnosed me with a form of viral meningitis when I became ill in mid to late January. Lyme Disease was never considered.
There are a lot of good info from the Lyme Disease conference in October 2013...250+ pages !!
Lyme Disease Conference
Risks & Prevention
I had what I thought was a bruise on my upper arm like that shown on the third education leaflet. I found it will taking a shower after a bike ride around the Preston Guild Wheel 4-5 days after returning from 14 days on Mull last May. I thought this was just bruising on my upper arm at the time but did not know when I had suffered an injury. I was unfamiliar with what a Lyme Disease rash may look like.
Please do not wear short while walking off-piste on hills. You may not be lucky enough to find the tick that bits you or the rash it may cause 3-10 days later. Please familarise yourselves with the symptoms so that you are repared to inform your doctor if you are suspicious. I am back to the GP on Thursday 27th February to see if I am fit for work and fit to drag Chris Watson up and over his 2,000th TuMP in mid March."
10 January 2014
Happy New Year!
Swanwick Lodge Residents Raise Money for HantSAR
Some of the residents at Swanwick Lodge have recently taken on the challenge of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) as part of their extra-curricular activities.
Three young people have been volunteering with Hampshire Search & Rescue (HantSAR) and they have spent the first two of their six months organising a fundraising event with great success! For the full article... 156 kB
Carrying on the Spirit of Christmas –
What is a valid DofE Volunteering Activity..?
We have noticed a number of submitted Awards that have been a little grey on the concept of ‘Volunteering’ or simply the write-ups are causing us to Query what the Participant actually did.
Straight from the National DofE website & DofE handbook:
Aim: “To inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual’s life and develop compassion by giving to others…feel a sense of belonging and purpose…[and] increasing community cohesion”
Be Careful: “Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation…you need to choose to give time to do something useful without getting paid (apart from expenses).”
Examples of Queried Volunteering Activities:
Assisting at a stable – make sure this isn’t a privately owned stable or business. Look for charity stables or those that have projects such as ‘Riding for the Disabled’
Babysitting / helping at a Nursery – make sure you aren’t simply undertaking an activity that takes the place of a paid employee’s tasks. It must be in addition to or e.g. a community branch. Is the family you are babysitting for in real need of respite or would they have paid for a babysitting service anyway?
Work placement – remember that it cannot simply benefit a privately owned business. Look for charities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups and projects
A lot of it is the pursuit of that ‘fuzzy’ feeling that Volunteering brings – really think about who the Volunteering activity is benefitting? If your conscience isn’t happy with the Activity choice then check it!
Join, Like & Follow Us!
Our @DofEHampshireCC account has been running for some time, with nearly 1000 tweets and 300 followers! Please do join the #DofEfamily, we’d love to share what you’ve been up to!
Our facebook account was opened over Christmas and it's baby steps! You will find our page, 'The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Hampshire' on www.facebook.com/dofehampshirecc and feel free to be a friend of the ‘Hampshire DofEoffice’!
The Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Office are putting on Service Days 25th to 26th April. The 26th April will be relevant to DofE Leaders. The Twitter account, @HCCOutdoorDay, is alive and kicking and we have attempted to follow as many HCC DofE Centres as possible! Details of workshops will be available in the coming weeks, so don’t miss out on the early bird offer…!
Temporary eDofE shutdown reminder
A message from the National eDofE team:
Relocation of the eDofE system
In order to move eDofE onto new servers and make a number of system changes , [the eDofE team] are planning to take the system down at 5.00pm on Friday 24th January and will restore it at 9.00am on Monday 27th January. [The eDofE team] have chosen these dates to keep disruption to an absolute minimum – unsurprisingly, usage stats show this is one of the quietest times of year with fewer than a quarter of the usual number of visits! There will also be a message on the eDofE sign in screen, messages on our website and news items in eDofE.
The new servers will provide the capacity for the anticipated growth in participation over the next few years. Whilst the eDofE system, reporting, eShop and eGAP databases are being moved they will go off line and will not be available.
Important Update to their Course Notes and Lesson Plans
"We have updated the Trangia use page in the course notes document to bring it in line with the latest best practice. Current thinking on best practice for the filling of liquid stoves is to have a fuel dump away from the cooking area and then have a completely separate re-fuelling area. We have changed the wording and images of this page to reflect that refueling must take place away from the cooking area. We made this change to the document on 26th December so if you downloaded prior to this then please update your copy.We have also updated the lesson plans accordingly.
The course notes document can be downloaded from the following link. It is item 1 in the list. The lesson plans are number 2 on the list."
Gold Residentials – Sailing
The Rona Sailing Project has now been approved as a DofE Residential Provider for Hampshire County Council DofE Participants.
You can find out more about them at www.ronasailingproject.org, it is possible to request a presentation to your Centres.
DofE Leadership Programme
The DofE’s South East Region are excited to announce their pilot ‘Leadership Academy’ which will run 17th - 21st February 2014.
Application Form 72 kB
"This course is aimed at Gold Award Participants between the ages of 16-19 who are looking to develop their leadership potential and afterwards become a DofE Leader. The participants will first attend a five day leadership Residential then afterwards will complete their Volunteering Section as a Leader in their Centre.
The course objectives are to enable young people to take an active and effective role in delivery of DofE at their Centre whilst also working towards their own Gold Award therefore instilling them with the benefits of both the Residential and Volunteering Sections.
We also intend to promote and explore youth participation across the region with the intention of developing our network of ambassadors.
We need your help to identify suitable Participants, which means not only finding those who are willing to participate but helping them to plan their volunteering position also.
Please send these out to all those who support Gold Participants and impress on them the advantages of the Leadership Academy and to communicate it out to their participants.
They can apply by submitting the application form with the correct monies but please ensure the Coordinator is willing to support the young person in completing their volunteering as leader."