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“For me it was like going abroad. I’d grown up in Hackney, I’d never seen the sea. I swore then I wasn’t going to spend my life in and out of prison.” 
Davis, Bronze Award holder

We support young people like Davis by giving them opportunities to be the best they can be, regardless of the school they attend or their background. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award levels the playing field. A personalised programme of volunteering, physical activities, life skills and an expedition empowers all young people to build strong foundations for a happy and successful future.

We work with hundreds of thousands of young people each year, but there are still many who are unable to access the benefits of the DofE. Make a donation today to help deliver the benefits of achievement to one million more young people by 2021. You’ll be providing them with a globally recognised award and helping them discover a sense of purpose and responsibility, whilst building their self-confidence and resilience.

Are you a Challenger or Adventurer?

Are you a Challenger or Adventurer?

The DofE encourages young people to take on a challenge and find their true potential. Now it’s your turn to challenge yourself, while supporting young people at the same time.

Sign up for the DofE Challenge and take yourself out of your comfort zone. Achieve something you’ve always wanted to do and raise vital funds to help us change the lives of even more young people.

Unsure of what to do for your challenge? If you’re 18 and over, join the DofE Adventure on 30 September and 1 October, for a hike through the stunning Peak District. Enjoy an overnight stay at our Base Camp with tents, hot showers and entertainment provided.

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How your business can help

How your business can help

Partnering with businesses is crucial for us to make a bigger impact on society. As a corporate partner, the DofE can help you to boost your social impact; attract and develop diverse talent; inspire and engage your employees; and much more. In return for a donation to our Charity, we also support businesses to deliver the DofE to their young people (14-24 years old).

By 2021, the DofE will enhance the lives of one million 15-24 year olds People like Jon, who started his DofE in custody was motivated to turn his life around after achieving his first Award.

Our partnerships are not about ticking boxes, they are about making a real, long-term difference to your business and employees. Join other passionate businesses from a broad range of sectors and see how you can make a real impact; not only on young lives, but on the future of the UK. Click below to get in touch with Caroline Glen, our Head of Partnerships.

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Amey has sponsored apprentices to achieve their DofE Awards since 2011 and, in that time, we’ve seen it have a real impact on the young people we work with. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing.

Andy Milner, Chief Executive Officer, Amey

Individuals  and trusts

Individuals and trusts

“Achieving my Gold Award means I have successfully demonstrated that disability does not mean inability and that the Charity has recognised this.” Raphael, DofE Gold Award holder

The DofE opens up a world of possibilities and fuels aspirations with character and confidence-building experiences. Huge numbers of young people describe the experiences, friendships and skills they gain through the DofE as life-changing. Young people like Raphael who, after contracting from polio, was able to use his DofE to push himself to his limits and prove that disability does not mean inability.

The youth service sector is facing more budget cuts, and with hundreds of thousands of young people starting their DofE each year, your donation is crucial to help us transform young lives. The DofE makes an impact on all young people, regardless of background, helping them overcome a range of challenges, contributing to positive mental and physical well-being and  nuturing development of crucial skills and making an impact regardless of background.

Imagine helping a vulnerable young person like Raphael to overcome the barriers they face, get a job and find their thirst for life. We’d love to talk to you about making a gift. Click below to get in touch with Claire Moore, our Head of Individual Giving, or make a donation today.

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The DofE is an embodiment of everything Pears Foundation believes in. By empowering young people to drive their own success and offering a focus for their endeavours, the DofE is investing in their lives for the long term.

Trevor Pears
Executive Chairman of Pears Foundation



With an ambition to reach another one million young people by 2021, the DofE Charity continues to rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses.

Every pound counts and you can rest assured that your donation or fundraising activity will help as many young people as possible to be the very best they can be. Young people like Emily, who after having her first child at 16, lost confidence and drive. Through her DofE experience she was able to transform her future.

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