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East Ayrshire Council is supporting local young people to take part in the life-changing DofE by funding a new post within the Charity.
The eighteen month post will enable young people in all secondary schools across the local authority to get involved in the programme, which develops their skills for life and work.
Tim McArthur, the new centre support officer, will help local schools to grow their DofE programmes in a sustainable way. His work will include training new leaders and focussing on getting more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds involved.
Barry Fisher, Director of DofE Scotland said: “We are very excited by the recent growth of the DofE in East Ayrshire and with this new post we will be better able to support that growth. Now, more young people from all backgrounds will be able to take part in life-changing DofE programmes.”
Alan Ward, Head of Education for East Ayrshire Council said: “East Ayrshire Council is continually looking to improve opportunities available to young people. Programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enable young people engage in the community and develop their skills. We are delighted to invest in the delivery of the DofE in East Ayrshire and look forward to building on our recent growth.”
Tim McArthur, the new Centre Support Officer said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in this new post. This is a great opportunity to help DofE groups in East Ayrshire build on their recent success. As a parent volunteer, I know the positive impact programmes like the DofE have on young people and I look forward to helping more local young people to develop skills for life and work.”
DofE Scotland has created a new post to boost the skills of young people in Dundee and Angus. The two year post will support over 240 young people from 12 local schools and youth groups to take part in the programme which develops their skills for life and work.
The post has been created through our Diamond Fund, our programme of long-term investment to significantly impact the number of young people who can benefit from the DofE in Scotland.
Chris Wood, the new centre support officer, will help local schools to grow their DofE programmes in a sustainable way. His work will include training new leaders and focussing on getting more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds involved.
Barry Fisher, Director of DofE Scotland said: “We anticipate that through this investment we can bring about transformational change in the schools and youth groups that will be supported over the next two years. We hope to enable many more young people of all backgrounds to take part in the life changing programme that is a DofE Award.”
Margo Williamson, Strategic Director of Children and Learning with Angus Council, said: “We are delighted that this investment is coming to Angus. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports young people to be the best they can be and this investment will ensure that opportunities to get involved will be more widely available to young people across Angus.”
David Simpson, Head of Housing & Communities for Dundee City Council said: "I am really pleased to see the DofE using the monies raised through the Diamond Challenge to further grow the organisation in partnership with Dundee City Council. In particular, efforts to expand the reach of the service to those who may not be aware of what the DofE offers young people and the benefits of greater involvement.
We, in the Council, are keen to work with the newly appointed Centre Support Officer to widen the reach of the scheme in Dundee and, in doing so, provide new and exciting opportunities for more young people in the City."
Chris Wood, the new Centre Support Officer, said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in this new role. I am very excited about helping local groups expand and offer this life-changing programme to more young people than ever before.”
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