Duke of Edinburgh Award success celebrated
Over 200 young people from across Flintshire recently received their Duke of
Edinburgh Awards at a ceremony held at Springfield Hotel near Holywell.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956
and is the worlds leading achievement award for young people.
It offers a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for young people
aged 14-24, there are three levels of the award - bronze, silver and gold. Each
contains four sections - volunteering, skills, physical and expedition - and
takes from six months to achieve bronze and a minimum of 18 months to reach
gold level. The gold participants also undertake a residential activity.
Gary Williams, Duke of Edinburgh Award Development Officer at Flintshire County
Council (FCC) introduced the evening and the certificates were presented by
Claire Homard, FCC Interim Chief Officer Education and Youth, Diane Aplin,
Director, WeMindThegap; and Ann Roberts, FCC Senior Manager Integrated Youth
Entertainment was provided by Rebecca Owen and Charlotte Roberts from St
Richard Gwyn Catholic High School
The student hosts for the evening were Amelia James from Ysgol Maes Garmon and
Grace Thomas from Connahs Quay High School.
Claire Homard said:
“I’m delighted to be here tonight to join in the celebrations and help present
these awards. It is encouraging to see so many young people taking part in
this really worthwhile scheme which can only enhance their lives and their
future career opportunities. Well done to all of you!”