Derwen College has been supporting young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to achieve through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards programme since 2014.
At the time it was the only programme running throughout the whole of Shropshire for people with additional needs.
Steve Evans DofE leader and Sports Coordinator at Derwen College believes that the DofE programme complements Derwen College’s vision to create ‘an enriched learning environment that enables students to transform their lives for the better.’ Steve says; “The DofE programme is challenging and gives our students the chance to develop skills for life and work. It promotes independence, pushing young people out of their comfort zone.”
“Our students have additional needs such as Autism, physical disabilities and communication difficulties, despite this, they go above and beyond to achieve. We see our young people come through the programme with raised self-esteem and increased confidence. As well as gaining a nationally recognised award, achievement of the DofE evidences commitment and dedication whilst developing problem solving, independent thinking and leadership attributes; skills that the students can use in other areas of life. It is recognised as the world’s leading youth award and can enhance employment and independence – something we actively promote at Derwen College.”
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition 2018
Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition 2018
Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition 2018
The 2017 expedition videos can be found here:
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition 2017
The 2016 expedition videos can be found here:
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition 2016