Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a real adventure from beginning to end. It’s for all young people aged between 13 and a half to 24 years old.

You can do programmes at 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold 

You have to be aged 13 and a half (or in year 9 at school) to do the Bronze, 15 (or in year 10) or over for Silver and Gold for anyone over 16.

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in 4 sections (5 if you're going for Gold):

  • volunteering
  • physical
  • skills
  • expedition and
  • residential (for Gold only) 

You will find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).  

The best part is - you get to choose what you want to do!

View ideas for each of the programme activities


As the number of young people enrolling in DofE has increased, we want to ensure that young people and parents receive quality information and advice. Young people must be present to sign up to the award.

To enrol please call 078 1664 1531 or email dofe@redbridge.gov.uk for more information.

Enrol in DofE

From the 1st April 2021the enrolment costs for 2021-2022 will be

  • Bronze Award enrolment: £33
  • Silver Award enrolment: £33
  • Gold Award enrolment: £40

We accept  online payment at the moment, we will need a parent information such as first name, surname and email address to create an online payment request.

Our enrolment costs cover:

  • your welcome pack with the assessor's report cards
  • your DofE discounted card
  • details of how to log in to eDofE or using the DofE app on your mobile phone
  • ongoing support from Redbridge DofE staff, as well as information about and opportunities to enable you to complete your sections.

Doing DofE under Covid

#DofE with a difference will offer flexibilities and support doing your DofE.

  • online activity list to do at home
  • temporary programme changes
  • changes on delivering expeditions
  • certificate of achievement when completed volunteering, physical and skills sections

Contact Redbridge DoE staff for more information

Assessor's report can be submitted online, you need to give your eDofE ID number or using your assessor's report card then upload it. 

DofE expeditions

We only offer expeditions for the Bronze Award. If you want to do the expedition for Silver or Gold Award please check the DofE website.

Bronze expeditions are 2 day and 1 night, with at least 6 hours during the daytime planned activity (at least 3 of which must be spent on the expedition).

Due to covid, the camping element is now removed  expedition  and expedition flexibilities  will apply until 31 December 2022:

Teams at all Award levels are allowed to return home to sleep during their expedition. They should, however, still plan and cook their meals as a team, and of course meet the minimum hours of planned activity during each day. Expeditions must be self-sufficient so, even though participants are going home to sleep, they need to carry appropriate expedition kit. Participants should also carry all food and clothing that they will need for the whole expedition.

To complete the expedition section you must complete an online expedition meeting Monday evening, a practice expedition, an assessment expedition. 

You are required to complete at least 2 sections of your award before you can book an expedition.  Expeditions are run by an Approved Activity Provider (AAP)

Dates for the expeditions  and cost

The cost of each expedition is £90. The expedition cost includes £5 admin fee for every booking. You will need to pay £5 if you want to transfer your booking to another expedition date.

Book a place on an expedition 

  1. Select the expedition dates 
  2. Email at dofe@redbridge.gov.uk to book your practice or assessment expedition date to received expedition letter with timetable

Online expedition forms to fill in and submit.

 Consent form

Agreement form

Failure to meet the payment and consent forms before the expedition deadline will mean you will not be able to attend that expedition

Cohort Expedition dates Location Deadline payment & forms
5-Practice only 2 to 3 October Danbury, Essex Tuesday 7 September at 4pm
6-Assessment only 16 to 17 October Danbury, Essex Tuesday 14 September at 4pm


Some Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) are running open expeditions in 2021.  You must contact expedition providers for their expedition date and book directly with them.

When you sign up for expeditions, we accept online payment at the moment, we will need a parent information such as first name, surname and email address to create an online payment request. We require payment in full. 

The cost includes a contribution to the costs incurred by the Youth Service for providing the expeditions. This includes, but is not limited to administration, compliance with DofE requirements and the Borough’s Policies and Procedures. 

Monday evening by appointment only. If you would like to book borrow our expedition equipment, please contact by email at dofe@redbridge.gov.uk to make an appointment.

Once you have booked your place on an expedition

The expedition letter and expedition training guide will be emailed to you.

The expedition guide will  help you before & during your practice expedition.

Contact us

Wanstead Youth Centre
Elmcroft Avenue
London E11 2DB

The DofE office is open Monday from 2pm to 8pm,  Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 4pm. Closed on Friday.

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