Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

Are you aged between 14 and 24? Interested in exploring new territories, building new skills and taking on adventures?


We are looking for individuals to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Not heard of it? Don’t worry, here’s a brief synopsis. The scheme is a flexible programme that promotes confidence and independence whilst broadening your horizons. There are three progressive Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.


Members of our young community have taken part in both the Bronze and Silver awards. Please see our DofE Achievements page.


To find out more please email: amy.gittins@nmcentre.com or denise.boyall@nmcentre.com

Silver Award Profiles

Amy, Josh and Xander are currently working towards/completed their Silver Award. Here are the profiles they wrote at the start of their DofE journeys .

Hi, my name is Amy. I’m 19 and I’ve signed up to complete my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award with the NMC. I’m so privileged to be able to have this opportunity to learn new skills, improve confidence and take part in new adventures all because of the amazing NMC!

For the volunteering section I've chosen to help out at my local library with the children’s activities and general library duties on Saturdays for 6 months.

For my skill section I’m managing the NMC tuck shop for 6 months. I go shopping for the stock, refill the trolley...


Read more about Amy (opens a pdf file) 


My name is Josh and I am 22 years old. I have a Neuro Muscular condition which is why I currently go to the NeuroMuscular Centre to do physio every 2 weeks and to do my graphics course every Tuesday. When I'm not at the NMC, I am at a college in Leigh called Expanse Learning, where I am learning how to apply for jobs and I also do a work placement every Monday as a teaching assistant in another class in college. 

During my free time I love spending time with my wonderful family especially my baby sister Evie and I also like spending time with my lovely girlfriend Megan. My other hobbies include playing wheelchair football for....


Read more about Josh (opens a pdf file) 

My name is Xander. I am 15. I live with my Mum, Dad, my older brother Josh who is away at university most of the time and my dog Shelby. My main hobby is collecting and building Lego sets. I like rock music, Dr Who and watching Marvel and Star Wars films.


I take part in Speak Easy sessions for my skill section. The speak easy sessions are about getting together with other people in the group, talking with each other and playing out scenarios that will help us in the future like talking on the phone to important people.....

Read more about Xander (opens a pdf file) 


Duke of Edinburgh

The Bronze Award

The Bronze Award provides the opportunity for young people across the nation to volunteer, take up a new skill, try a physical activity and tackle an overnight expedition. You only need to spend an hour each week for three months on each section and, depending on which section you enjoy the most (volunteering, physical activity or skill), you will need to complete a further three months of your preferred activity to achieve the Bronze Award.


Not sure which activities qualify? Here are some examples:​

This list is by no means exhaustive, there are hundreds of opportunities just waiting to be explored.

Equally as exciting is the prospect of going on a two-day, one-night expedition. We can tailor it to your individual needs and it’s a fantastic way to enhance team work skills and meet new people. This year’s cohort of DofE participants are undertaking an expedition in a beautiful, fully accessible venue in the Lake District so why not follow in their footsteps / wheel tracks?

This is the perfect chance to boost your CV or university applications and, most importantly, it will allow you to have fun whilst pushing yourself that extra mile.

If this rewarding scheme is of interest, please get in touch with amy.gittins@nmcentre.com or denise.boyall@nmcentre.com to find out more.


  • Helping at your local Scouts Association

  • Helping at your local Girl Guiding Group

  • Providing admin or reception support at a local hospice

  • Volunteering at NMC

  • Reading at a local primary school or care home


  • Arts and Craft

  • Speech and Drama

  • Music

  • Cookery

  • Driving

  • Blogging

Physical Activity

  • Physiotherapy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Powerchair football

  • Bowling

  • Boccia

  • Skiing

  • Table cricket

  • Sailing

Please contact us for further information about our DofE schemes