Duke of Edinburgh

YHA offers opportunities for DofE participants to complete both the volunteering section (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and the residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Get set for the experience of a lifetime as you make new friends, learn new skills and get fully involved with everything YHA can offer you. From hostel stays to camping, volunteering at your chosen YHA or our National Office, or even supporting as a fundraiser, staying with YHA is a great way to boost your confidence and independence whilst leaving a positive footprint on your life and many other people’s.

The benefits of our DofE residentials

This year 395 under 25 year olds stayed with YHA for their DofE Gold residential – twice as many as the year before.

We asked them about the benefits of our residentials:

  • 75% said they had better social skills
  • 73% boosted their practical skills
  • 67% increased in confidence
  • 65% were more motivated to volunteer again
  • 53% felt they had improved employability

Time and time again, we hear our young people say that meeting new people and making friends was their favourite part of the residential: 99% of them loved it!

Find out more about our available DofE residentials over on our volunteering website.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. The location is absolutely lovely, the views are amazing. The residential itself was more challenging than I expected so I’ve learnt a lot. We also had more freedom than I was expecting, which I appreciated as I was one of the oldest.”
2015 DofE Gold residential participant.

Gold Residential Award

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

We provide interesting and cost-effective ways to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh's Award gold residential section.