Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What is the DofE all about?

Hillside Secure Centre’s Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from. The Centre has been facilitating the scheme for the last seven years. Young people have the opportunity to try something fun and new whilst working towards a nationally recognised Award.

The course provides the young people with the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, confidence, team building and communication skills. These are a few of the key skills that young develop and build upon whilst at the Centre.

The Duke Of Edinburgh Scheme allows young people the chance to prove that they can achieve and prove to themselves that they can overcome and believe in themselves. Hillside provides lists of activities in each section:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition
  • Residential
  • Complete list

View some of the photographs to see the exciting opportunities provided within the Centre and how the young people work towards their Awards.

Through their engagement with the staff and instructors of the course they are able to access the Bronze Award. There are three Awards available to the young people which they can explore when they leave the Centre.


You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Hillside due to its unique environment facilitates the Bronze award for the young people.


You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You'll 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 bit is - you get to choose what you do!

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.