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Duke of Edinburgh, make this time count

Students on our DofE Programme raise funds for the local community

Students have completed over 300 hours of voluntary service in the local community.

Over a period of 338 hours, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants from The Manchester College have achieved incredible feats through their voluntary service in the local community.

As part of the programme, the social value of those hours means a donation of £1470, which will support the continuation of the programme within the College.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award allows students to gain vital skills that employers are looking for and it looks great on a UCAS application and CV. It helps you to develop teamwork, communication skills, planning and much more.

Both current students and school leavers can sign up to the Duke of Edinburgh now, even before the start of term in September and have their entry fee of £22 wavered when they enrol. Even better, all the hard work complete during the summer months can be backdated, which means having fun and exploring in their free time still contributes to their programme.

Here’s how you can access the programme from home:

Volunteering: Walk a neighbour’s dog, shop for those who struggle to get to the shops or try some ideas from Leonard Cheshire’s 12-week guide to volunteering from home.

Physical: Set yourself weekly running challenges, take part in The Manchester College Tuesday fitness challenges or complete the couch to 5k, and many of the other NHS fitness sessions.

Skills: Learn sign language, pick up on current affairs and politics or work on short stories and poetry.

Expedition: Map local walking routes, track bugs and wildlife habits with National Trust, or spot NASA’s International Space Station by locating it online!

Find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh award and to get involved here.