Duke of Edinburgh type course for Adults
I'm at the very early stages of looking to develop a course for adults that incorporates some of the elements of the duke of Edinburgh programme such as outdoor activities, volunteering, learning something new and life skills. I wondered if anyone has run/developed anything like this or know of any existing programmes that are around. I know there is the discovery award which caters for those aged 50 and over so am looking to cater for those under this age.
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have you looked at John Muir Awards which centres around learning about the environment and has different levels which can be tailored to suit your group
The 'Adult Achievement Awards' are still in pilot stage, being led by Newbattle Abbey Adult Learning college
my colleague Neil Saddington here in Midlothian has had some involvement with the development of the programme.
Like the youth achievement award, the AAA differ from the DofE by not having a mandatory outdoor section - but you could incorporate that if it was the groups theme.
I have learners doing the pilot so will explore using this option further. I have met with youth work and we have come up with some good ideas to explore further including gaining an outdoor qualification to enable myself and other workers to take groups further afield and learn new skills such as map reading and orienteering etc.
Hey C! Gwen Bowles and Joyce Kettles look after the DofE for our y.p but will likely be able to help with the adult one? :0)
met with Gwen and following on from this a couple of us are going to try out running a hillwalking group with other learning opportunities alongside this such as first aid and navigational skills.
I am aware that in Dundee someone used to run the 'Discovery Award'. This was D of E style programme for adults who were over 50. Apologies but I can not remember the guys name that I was in contact with. maybe someone else can.............
The SQA Personal Development units can be used very flexibly to incorporate Duke of Edinburgh type activity.
The Asdan Bronze, Silver and Gold includes a range of activities, including Volunteering and Community involvement and can be used effectivley with an adult group.