Calling all LGBTQ teenagers for new Duke of Edinburgh Award Project

Merton’s Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme is calling all 14-16 year-olds in the borough who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning(LGBTQ) to join a new project to achieve their bronze award.

The new pilot group will follow a weekly programme that includes volunteering , sports, learning new skills and an expedition during the summer holidays. These activities will be carried out alongside adult LGBTQ mentors who can offer advice and support to young people.

As well as being fun to take part in, the DofE Award is an accredited, nationally recognised scheme that employers and educational institutes find attractive and can be a valuable addition to a young person’s CV.

Merton’s director of children, schools and families, Yvette Stanley said: “This is a great opportunity for LGBTQ young people to make new friends and socialise as well as gain a qualification that can help their job prospects in the future. Completing the DofE programme develops young people for life and work. It develops resilience, confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude as well as the social and communication skills that businesses are calling out for.”

There are 12 free places available on the scheme and young people interested can contact 020 8274 5828 or email