Children and young people from across North East Lincolnshire wowed local leaders earlier this month when they collected their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificates at a glamourous awards celebration in Grimsby.
The Award, which was founded by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, to encourage young people to learn new skills and develop themselves.
There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each level getting progressively more difficult to complete. Each level is made up of different sections which youngsters must complete to achieve the full award. These are: Voluntary, Skills, Expedition, Residential and Physical.
The youngsters, from all over North East Lincolnshire, collected their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, sharing their experiences with an audience of peers and local leaders.
Twelve students were awarded their Bronze certificates, with a further two students picking up their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards at the ceremony.
There were also 12 Gold awards presented on the night. These young people had done an additional section known as the residential which involved them going away from their comfort zone for a minimum of 5 days doing activities which helped them grow as a person, or help others.
Sue Campbell, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“It was clear from listening to the experiences of these brilliant young people that this really pushed them beyond their comfort zones, but that they enjoyed it thoroughly.
“The confidence that they have gained as a result of completing the Award is evident, and I know that some of the group have already expressed an interest in moving on to tackle the next level.
“The benefits of the Award are so wide-ranging. It’s a chance to meet new friends, try things that you’ve never thought about getting involved in before, and learning life skills.
“These young people have all worked so hard and should be really proud of themselves, they have achieved far more than they thought they could and have started to believe in themselves.”
The Ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, including The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Steve Beasant.
Those students who go on to complete their Gold Awards will be invited to attend a formal ceremony in London hosted by HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, who was recently granted the title held by his father.