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Duke of Edinburgh Award

A Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.

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You can take park in programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 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.

Only Bronze & Silver Programmes are available at Belfast YMCA. 

For more general information about the Duke of Edinburghs’ Award, checkout the website –


Applications for 2018/19 programmes are now open. 

CLICK HERE to complete an online application form or you can download a paper from here.

Whichever way you apply, the closing date for applications is Friday 25th May 2018. Selection will then take place after this date.

Once selected, participants will be informed and are expected to contribute £250 (Bronze) and £300 (Silver) toward the overall running costs of the programme.
To accept your place a £100 deposit must be paid and the balance paid in September.  These payments are strictly non–refundable.
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