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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14 - 25, regardless of gender, background or ability.

The Award seeks to challenge Young People to try new activities and integrate with their local communities. Its programme of activities provides a structured pattern for personal and social development.

The Award is divided up into 3 levels dependent upon your age and is available to Young People aged 14 and over.

There is no real time limit when it comes to completing a Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. As long as participants are under 25 years old when they complete all their activities in their programme, they are free to work at a pace that they are comfortable with to achieve their Award.

Merthyr Tydfil Youth Service provide opportunities for Young People to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme at youth settings throughout the County Borough.

If you wish to participate or require any further information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, please contact the Youth Service, at:

Pen-y-Dre Community Education Centre
Pen-y-Dre High School Campus
Gurnos
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 9BY

Telephone: 01685 725088

Youth Achievement Awards

Merthyr Tydfil Youth Service in partnership with Youth Cymru provides Young People with the opportunity to access a family of awards which have been designed to enable progression and accreditation of young people's learning. These ASDAN accredited awards work around Young People's skills and interests and recognise achievement within a framework of levels e.g. bronze, silver, gold and platinum. These programmes are available to Young People aged 14 plus.

These awards recognise the levels of responsibility and skill development Young People undertake within local youth provisions when participating in or developing activities and projects for themselves. The programme focuses on developing effective communication and team working skills, project management and organisational skills all of which complements their formal learning.

For those under 14, the following awards are available which can provide progression into the full Youth Achievement Award programmes.

Youth Challenge

A 30 hour programme comprising of 5, 6 hour activities with a central element of peer assessment supported by the Award Group Worker. Encouraging Young People to take part in activities is the focus at this first level.

Youth Challenge Extra

This programme can be used as a progression from the Youth Challenge or as direct entry for a Young Person capable of demonstrating the ability to help organise.

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