We support students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. They may earn their volunteering requirement working with us as Fins Swimming Club is a not for profit club with a community interest.
Ben Fogle, TV presenter and Silver Award holder thinks volunteering is a great thing to get involved in:
“Employers and universities recognise the value of having people who have a life away from their job. This is where the DofE comes in, it’s now become the leading Award for young people to demonstrate they have interests outside of everyday life. Volunteering gives you a chance to make a difference to others and to their community. I believe that you’ll find your voluntary work will increase your confidence and self-esteem and give you new skills. I would advise you all to embrace volunteering opportunities; it’s a great way to collect extra experience that could give you the edge at a college, university or job interview.”
Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.
Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Where your volunteering is in support of surplus generating work, for example a charity shop, then some Local Authorities may require a work permit. The charity you are volunteering with should be aware of this and support you as required.
For your volunteering activity you need to choose to give time to do something useful without getting paid (apart from expenses).
One activity you’re already doing can count towards your Award if it was done in the previous 3 months and fits the principles, conditions and age requirements. If you already volunteer you could use that activity, but you might want to start something new. You can only backdate activity in one section.
The definitive rules can be found in The Handbook for DofE Leaders, available in the DofE Shop
Interested students who are interested in volunteering with us should contact us