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Young people’s commitment, resilience and dedication is celebrated at DofE and NHS Cadets awards evening

31 October 2022

Young people from the St Albans and Dacorum area had the opportunity to share their successes with peers, family and professionals at a celebratory awards evening hosted by Services for Young People.

SfYP DofE Award event

The Services for Young People (SfYP) St Albans and Dacorum Team hosted an awards evening on 27th September at the Hemel Hempstead Young People’s Centre to present 45 young people with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and NHS Cadets certificates. The event was an opportunity for professionals, young people, parents and carers to celebrate the young people’s hard work and achievements.

Doing a Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award enables young people to develop practical and social skills and become more confident. They can express their individuality and take ownership of their award by building their own custom DofE Award programme. The young people gained their DofE Awards with SfYP by making a difference in their community through volunteering, learning new skills and improving their fitness throughout the year. They also completed a two-day expedition with overnight camping. They are now excited to be progressing to the Silver DofE Award programme with SfYP.

NHS Cadets is a 36-week programme for young people aged 14 to 16 that provides opportunities to explore careers in the NHS through a mix of volunteering and training. The young people receiving their certificates had all engaged with the programme fully and were better equipped with transferable skills and knowledge of the wide range of careers available.

A young person who took part in the NHS Cadets programme said:

“I now know far more about the variety of jobs and careers in the NHS and I have a better idea of what I want to do.”

Feedback from a parent of a young person who received their Bronze DofE Award: 

“It’s great to see my daughter get the award and for you [SfYP] to arrange this event as a celebration.”

More information about these programmes can be found here: