More Young People at Girlguiding North West England to Benefit from DofE Diamond Fund

Girlguiding North West England is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (DofE) Diamond fund to enable members to achieve the prestigious award. The grant will fund Girlguiding’s DofE project which will encourage members to push themselves, gain new experiences, and help carve a better future.

Through its Diamond fund, the DofE will be investing a total of £3 million over the next four years to increase the number of young people starting their DofE from 50,000 per year to 70,000 by 2021. The £3 million is made up of £1.5 million raised by over 15,000 supporters in the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary year (2016), £1 million from the #iwill fund for England, a joint initiative from The National Lottery and Department of Culture, Media & Sport. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign which aims to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020.

On behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Girlguiding North West England is pleased to accept a grant in the amount of £1,350. It will help more girls to develop life-changing skills such as communication, resilience and teamwork; create new friendships, and gain the confidence to reach their potential.

Mel Price, Region Chief Commissioner, said: “Girlguiding North West England is excited to have received a grant from the DofE’s Diamond fund. It will enable us to reach and support more young people from various backgrounds. The DofE is an integral part of Girlguiding North West England and we will be using this money to extend our offer, giving more of our members the opportunity and confidence to set themselves incredible challenges and take positive action in their communities”

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award says, “We are delighted to grant Girlguiding North West England, money from the #iwill DofE Diamond fund to enable even more disadvantaged young people in the local area the opportunity to do their DofE. The life-changing benefits of a DofE programme should be readily available to any young person who wants to help themselves to go further in life.”

 The DofE is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people. DofE programmes enable any young person, age 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work such as confidence, commitment and teamwork. Those who achieve a Bronze and Silver DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit and undertake an expedition in wild country. Those who achieve a Gold Award also take part in a week-long residential.

If you want to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, speak to your Country DofE advisor who will provide you with all the information you need to start your DofE journey.