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."