YHA offers opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh participants to complete both the volunteering section (Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards) and the residential section (Gold Award) of the DofE 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 residentials – 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!
“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.”
Gold Residential Award
We provide interesting and cost-effective ways to achieve the DofE Gold Residentials Award