Open session for all those keen on DofE

Mike Allport
Mike Allport

Wooler Drop-in is opening its doors to people interested in taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award.

Wooler Young People’s Association is asking people aged 14 to 24 to come along to an open information session on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Participation in the DofE scheme has become more difficult in Northumberland as a result of county-council cuts, which means many high schools no longer offer the award.

Mike Allport, DofE expedition co-ordinator, said: “Rural Northumberland has become a wasteland as far as DofE opportunities go.

“The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories.

“At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you’re 14 to 24, you can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.

“We know from other participants that the DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for college, university or jobs.

“Transport we know is difficult so bring you parents along and they can have a coffee while you talk to us.”

If you are unable to attend the open session, further details can be obtained through its website www.woolerdrop in.org.uk

In July this year, the Gazette reported that Wooler Cycle Hub donated £500 to Wooler Young People’s Association to enable the youth group to run the scheme which has been in existence for more than 50 years.

The group used the donation to buy a new two-year DofE Awards licence.