Welcome to the Home Page of The East Dorset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre.

East Dorset is an independent centre, which operates under the auspices of to Dorset County Council Outdoor Education Service. The centre exists to support young people aged 14 – 25 undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The Centre is run by a Management Committee of parents and a group of committed leaders who are qualified to teach and supervise Bronze, Silver and Gold award expeditions.

The Centre has been in existence for over fifteen years and provides expedition training for an average of 25 to 30 youngsters a year. Over the years it has gained a strong reputation for training and ongoing participant mentoring to award completion.

The Centre is self funding via a mixture of charges to the participants and fund raising by the committee. As it is totally run by volunteers it is able to keep charges relatively low compared to other organisations. Through the Centre’s fund raising it is also able to provide most of the kit and equipment necessary for the youngsters to undertake their expeditions, including waterproofs, tents, cooking equipment, rucksacks etc.

The Centre’s normal recruitment area is West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne and Three Legged Cross. The award groups meet at West Moors Youth Club on Wednesday evenings from January to September each year with a published training programme, made available at the start of each year.

Group membership currently costs just £25 per annum, plus an Award Entrance pack (application place) @ £19 plus £13 County levy for Bronze and Silver levels and £26 plus £16 County levy for the Gold level.

Please contact the following for further information.

Ken Redman (Centre Coordinator)
8 Stroud Close,
BH21 2NX
01202 887852 / 07807 511205
Bunny Nye (Group Chairman)
8, Birch Grove,
West Moors,
BH22 0HG
01202 895064

About the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Young people can start the Award in Year 9.  They will normally be aged 14, but may start aged 13 if the majority of their peers starting the Award are aged 14.

Participation in the Award gives young people the opportunity to develop time management skills.  All activities should be undertaken in their free (i.e. non-directed) time and are often after-school or lunchtime clubs; evening clubs or activities or weekend activities.  Since the Award is simply an extension of a young person’s personal interests and activities, and has a long completion time, Award work can fit around school, college or other work quite easily.

Award Groups, which operate the Award through an Operating Authority (such as a County Council) under licence, are based in schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs, voluntary organisations, Open Award Centres, and many businesses. Award Groups are run by adults, many of whom are volunteers, including youth workers, parents, teachers, employers, trainers, instructors, assessors and individuals from the community, all of whom wish to share their skills, enthusiasm and organising abilities to help young people reach their potential.  Perhaps you would be interested in offering your help to the group in some way?

All Award Participants need to buy an application place upon enrolment, which contains guidance and advice to help them through their Award. The cost of this Welcome Pack is fixed by the Award. Award Groups may also apply an additional charge to cover their operating and administration costs.  Depending on what a participant chooses to do for their Award, there will inevitably be other costs.

For more information, including details of insurance cover, supervision of young people, safety on expeditions etc., please visit www.theaward.org , Parent zone.

About this site

The aim of this web site is to act as an informative access point for The East Dorset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre, enabling confirmation of training, meeting times and events over the whole of the Groups activities. If anyone in the Group wishes to contribute to the content then input is most welcome by contacting Ken Redman.

E mail – kenjredman@gmail.com

Pages on the left of this Home Page will access further information in the following categories;

  • Home Page – Information about this site and our Award Group
  • News – Up to date information or changes
  • Training – Programme of events and weekend details
  • Contacts – Details of key personnel in the Group.
  • Downloads – Group information and Forms for download.
  • Training Materials – Training presentations, details & information for participants and leaders.
  • Links – Links to Award site, Area Award Officer and commercial supporter’s sites.