Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards given to young people

Young people from Merton were honoured for achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at a special ceremony.

The event, held at Wimbledon College, was led by young people, which featured singing and presentations about volunteering experiences and accounts of expeditions, some of which took place in the Lake District.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender was on hand to present certificates to each participant.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a national scheme, which provides a rewarding personal development programme for young people aged 14 to 25 years. Participants are given the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of leisure, learning and voluntary activities that are both challenging and enjoyable.

Enrolments in Merton last year increased from 499 in 2010/11 to 672, and the number of awards completed also rose from 178 to 200 in that time.

Cabinet member for children’s services and education, Councillor Maxi Martin said: ” I would like to congratulate all the young people who received their gold, silver and bronze level awards. Being able to say you have completed your Duke of Edinburgh award will be attractive to potential employers and educational institutions as well as a valuable addition to a young person’s CV.”

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in Merton visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/youngpeople/dofe or call Carol Curtis on 020 8274 5828.