Duke of Edinburgh Award helpers needed

Shetland Islands Council’s youth services section is looking to recruit volunteers to help run the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The award is becoming increasingly popular, with over 50 young people currently participating in their bronze award at clubs in Sandwick, Lerwick, Brae and the North Isles.chooky_embra_v01

The additional support will mean the scheme can open up in more areas across Shetland.

Team leader Brenda Leask said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is nationally recognised and gives young people a great experience of volunteering and getting out and about in their local community. It is available for young people aged 14+ and takes six months to complete.”

The programme consists of four sections:
• volunteering – from helping at after school club to running an enterprise project;
• physical – from football to yoga;
• skills – participants learn a new skill or develop existing talent;
• expedition – supporting young people to plan, train for and complete an outdoor adventure.

Mrs Leask added: “We are very supportive of the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers and would be delighted to welcome anyone interested in helping out.

“If you are an adult who can spare some time to assist the Duke of Edinburgh leaders run a group we’d really like to hear from you. There are no special skills or qualifications required as full training will be delivered.”

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