Giles Academy in Lincolnshire were recently awarded funding from the #DofE Diamond fund with #iwill. The school have purchased new equipment, enabling young people to take part in their DofE and develop new passions and new career aspirations.
One example is Elora who began her Bronze DofE as a shy and nervous participant. Throughout her Bronze Award her confidence grew dramatically, leading her to enrol for her Silver and eventually her Gold.
Without the DofE Elora has admitted that she would never have taken up new interests and hobbies which have now contributed to her changing career path. Before starting her Silver Award Elora had wanted to become a vet due to her interest in animals. Since doing her DofE Elora has found a new found passion for the outdoors and is now seeking to become an Outdoor Activity Instructor.
Elora has trained and become a qualified football referee for the FA, and now regularly referees games for youth teams around the local area, encouraging more youngsters to take up football. In the mornings before football games she is often found at her local village hall at dog training classes where she started out as a helper and is now one of the senior dog trainers.
As part of her Gold DofE Award she has already been away on her residential, an Outward Bound course sponsored by ‘The North Face’ called ‘She Moves Mountains’ which is aimed at encouraging more females to take up participation and jobs in outdoor activities.
Elora is researching various outdoor instructing qualifications and work experience in centres around the UK. A placement working for Edale YHA Activity Centre after she has finished school is already in discussion. If this occurs then Elora would also like to utilise her dog training and handling skills to volunteer and qualify as a Dog Handler in the local search and rescue team.
This is a fantastic example of how Diamond funding has changed the future of a young person. We wish Elora every success with her qualifications and chosen career.