About us

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.” HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

For the past seven decades, our Charity (Reg. no. 1072490) has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

The world’s leading youth achievement award, the DofE in the UK is proud to be part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, which drives and supports global growth. 

It’s our ambition to give another one million young people in the UK this life-changing opportunity by 2021. Interested in helping our Charity? Find out how to support us.

What is a DofE Award?

The DofE story

The DofE story

Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then.

A flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person.

From 1,000 DofE Awards achieved in year one to 133,369 last year, we have both a rich history and a bright future. Why not let our timeline and our young people tell you more?

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Our ambition

Our ambition

The DofE has a positive impact on young people’s lives, in terms of their personal development and employability, and on wider society, from charities gaining active and engaged volunteers to businesses hiring work-ready recruits.

Demand remains high. With increasing numbers of young people wanting to take part in the world’s leading youth achievement award, it’s our ambition to give another one million 14 to 24-year-olds in the UK this life-changing opportunity by 2021.

Thanks to our fantastic team of employees and volunteers and the generous donations made by our supporters, we look forward to doing just that.

Contact the DofE Read Toni Ann's DofE story

Doing my DofE is one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. It has helped me to overcome my fears and made me realise I can to do more things than I thought I could. The DofE is important because it allows people of all abilities to take part, develop skills and achieve. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Toni Ann Wood, Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder

Our Patron

Our Patron

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in 1956.

As passionate about the DofE today as he was over 60 years ago, The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 500th Gold Award Presentation in 2013.

Find out more about our Patron
Executive Team and Trustees

Executive Team and Trustees

Our Executive Management Team works together to grow provision of the DofE so that more young people can have this life-changing opportunity. Our Trustees set the Charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of its objectives and uphold its value and governance. Together, they ensure that the DofE has far-reaching effects.

See who’s who in our Executive Team and Trustees.

Annual Report and Accounts

Annual Report and Accounts

A record 271,439 young people started their DofE programme in the past year.  This is a 7% increase on last time and breaking through a quarter of a million new participants for the first time. Importantly, a record 49,453 of these were young people identified as being disadvantaged, at risk or marginalised: these are the individuals that we know derive the greatest benefit from their DofE experience.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No: 1072490, and in Scotland No: SC038254, and a Royal Charter Corporation No: RC000806.   Registered Office: Gulliver House, Madeira Walk, WINDSOR, Berkshire SL4 1EU

See our Annual Review for 2015-2016


There are lots of exciting activities and events going on at the DofE so, whether you’re writing an article about apprenticeships or volunteering, life skills or university admissions, we can help.  For the latest DofE news, take a look at our news releases.

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Work with us

Work with us

If you’re interested in helping young people to reach their full potential and change their lives, why not join us at the DofE? It’s a rewarding place to work plus, we’re a respected brand, an equal opportunities employer and we have Investors in People accreditation.

A lean charity with around 200 full-time employees across the UK, you’ll find our job opportunities here. We’re interested in hearing from dynamic, passionate people who are up for the challenge.

We are introducing a new opportunity to reach participants over 16 years old via email. Find out more here…

Current job opportunities

I have worked at the Charity for nine years. One of the reasons I chose to work for the DofE is because I did it myself! I enjoy every aspect of the DofE and have seen how it supports and develops young people, which is something I have always been interested in. I have been promoted three times to my current position as Operations Manager where I am responsible for the achievement of regional growth targets and developing the operations team's strategy.

Tom Kelly, Operations Manager, North of England

International reach

International reach

The world’s leading youth achievement award, the DofE in the UK is proud to be part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, which drives and supports global growth.

Working through its network of international Award Operators in more than 140 countries and territories, it is creating new ways and places for young people to do the Award, using innovative online tools. It leads the Award’s entry into new countries, ensuring consistency around the world. We work to increase global awareness of the value of non-formal education. This in turn creates demand for the Award, which is one way that young people’s development outside the classroom can be recognised consistently worldwide.

Find out more

Contact us

For any region or country specific queries, you can contact your local DofE office.

Local DofE offices


If you haven’t been able to find the answer to your enquiry on this website or if you wish to provide feedback on your DofE experience (or have a general query or complaint), please complete our feedback form.

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