Going for gold… and silver and bronze

Immediate Release
Item number 401/04

9 March 2004

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The awards ceremony will start at 8pm and last about an hour and a half. Photographers are invited to attend Young skilful people from across the borough will be receiving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at the Merton ceremony on Tuesday 30 March 2004 at 7.30pm at Kings College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin will be presenting young people from across the Borough with their certificates and badges, earned by completing their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards from taking part in a range of voluntary activities.

This year there are almost 100 awardees, with each young participant having taken part in a wide variety of activities for their award. The activities include among others photography, drama, helping at brownies, learning musical instruments, life saving, street dance, ball girls, trampolining and Kung Fu. The young people have also taken part in trips to the North and South Downs, Ashdown Forest, Dartmoor, the Isle of Wight, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and even to Borneo.

Gold Award nominees have also had the chance to participate in residential courses in for example windsurfing, summer camps, environmental work and the military golden jubilee celebrations. A taste of these activities will be reflected in the evening’s displays and presentations.

Councillor Su Assinen explained: “These young people have shown great commitment and effort in completing their awards, whether at bronze, silver or gold level. The award gives the opportunity for Merton’s young people to learn, grow and develop through their activities and actions. They have all achieved a great deal from taking part in the award and I congratulate them all.”

For more information please contact: Carol Curtis, Borough Award Co-ordinator, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Youth Office, The Pavilion, Farm Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 6RA. Tel: 020 8648 1786 or email dofeaward@merton.gov.uk

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Notes to the editors:

The Award is a national voluntary programme for all young people aged 14-25 years. Run by Merton Youth Service, it provides the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of leisure activities and skills culminating in the achievement of a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Each level of the Award requires completion of four sections – Service, Skills, Expedition and Physical Recreation (with a fifth section, a Residential Project, for Gold participants). There are currently