Duke of Edinburgh: Volunteering Section
Aim of the Volunteering Section: To encourage service to individuals and to the community.
This section is based on the belief that members of a community have a responsibility to each other and voluntary help is needed. Young people should identify the voluntary service required to gain some knowledge of the needs of those whom they are assisting and then receive briefing and training in the skills required to give that service. The value of participation in the Service Section comes from training, giving practical service and appreciating the needs of the community.
Participants are required to train for and give service to others. Consideration should first be given to the proposed form of practical service to be followed and then to the training required so that the service can be undertaken with competence and insight.
Depending on the form of service chosen, this training could range from an outline briefing session to a specialised training course or qualification.
The time requirements for this Section are set out in Timescales.
There is flexibility as to how the hours are spent within the total time span, as long as there is regular involvement throughout, averaging at least an hour a week for forms of service requiring a training course or qualification, the minimum time requirements include the time spent in training and the time spent in practical service
Participants can use the following list of ideas or, alternatively, they can develop their own programme to meet community needs. Participants are encouraged to explore and pursue different and interesting initiatives.
The choice of service should reflect a young person's individual interests, talents and capabilities but also be challenging and may build on previous experiences. Service programmes are currently available on the Award website