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Merton celebrates Duke of Edinburgh success

Ninety of Merton’s young people were presented with certificates and badges, by local dignitaries, for their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award achievements at a special ceremony in Wimbledon Arts Space in April 2017.

In total, 355 young people completed their awards in Merton during 2016/17. At 61%, Merton has enjoyed one of the highest completion rates in London this year.

The young people from 13 secondary schools across the borough were recognised for their perseverance and hard work which led them to complete their awards over 12 months from April 2016 at bronze, silver and gold levels. Rutlish School was presented with an excellence award for their success rate in completing the DofE scheme.

DofE requires young people to get involved in different activities, develop a variety of skills, volunteer and get involved in sports. Volunteering is a key part of the DofE. The young people carried out a total of 6,000 hours of volunteering in Merton over the last year. Examples of their volunteering included helping at primary schools, fundraising for charity and helping at a hospital. Sports included rowing, Tae Kwon Do and football. The young people developed skills such as debating, playing the violin, singing and playing chess. A major part of the awards at each level is the expedition. Bronze expeditions include trips to Kent and the South Downs and excursions to the Brecon Beacons and Yorkshire Dales were part of the silver and gold awards.

Earlier in April a group of the borough’s Duke of Edinburgh award achievers visited St James’s Palace to meet the Duke of Edinburgh. One of those who met the Duke was Rebecca Marett (picture above) outside St James’s Palace with Seo-Yeon Lee and Amabel Watkins), who completed her bronze, silver and gold awards in Merton. The former Ursuline High School pupil is now working as a part time youth worker at the Open Award Centre, helping others to take part in DofE.

Anyone wishing to apply to be part of the DofE award scheme should contact Carol Curtis, DofE Manager  by email dofeaward@merton.gov.uk or call 020 8274 5828 or call in at the Open Award Centre on a Tuesday evening (Term time only) between 7-9pm at John Innes Youth Centre, 61 Kingston Road, SW19 1JN.

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