The Horsham Open Duke of Edinburgh Centre recently held their annual awards evening, celebrating the successes of over 50 young people from Horsham and the surrounding area.
The young people received their bronze, silver & gold certificates from Hilary Maywood, Service Manager- Youth Support & Development Service in West Sussex County Council.
The young people all completed personal programmes undertaking some volunteering in the community, learning a skill and participating in a physical activity. In addition they all completed an expedition, which they planned & undertook in teams. Bronze achievers did their expedition locally on the South Downs, Silver achievers completed theirs in the Peak District & Gold Achievers in the Brecon Beacons or Lake District, all experiencing various challenging situations, especially the extremes of weather. Their participation & achievements have given them new skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone from employers to colleges and universities are looking for, as well as making new friends and have some fun whilst doing it.
Gold Achievers will also be invited to a presentation at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex. The pictures show the young people after they had received their awards. Going clockwise from the top left, there are the bronze, silver & gold achievers
Report and pictures contributed by Cathy Childs, a leader at the Horsham Open DofE centre.