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Registered Charity Number 1178953 (detail here).

Gift Aid Registration 061000058285

Find out more about the DofE Award itself on The Award page. Other Dorset DofE Centres and schools delivering DofE under DC are listed on DofE Dorset

Gillingham (Dorset) DofE Open Award Centre has been operated entirely by volunteers since Sept 2014 and has to be self-funding, as per our Young Friends of Gillingham DofE page. Pics and posts on our Facebook page.

127 young people are currently working on their Award at all levels, 146 have achieved an Award since June 2018. Full Awards, since 2003, are recorded on our Awards page.

Yr9 to 24yrs can start from:

  • Bronze can start as early as the June before they go into Yr9 
  • Silver can start as early as the June before they go into Yr10
  • 16th birthday for Gold (Expedition training can start earlier)
  • Direct entry to Silver or Gold is possible if of the right age

Enrolment: to all levels is possible at any time but there are key dates you have to attend to be eligible for a dofe qualifying expedition.

If you did a previous level it is expected to have been finished unless there are extenuating circumstances! 


There are specific dates to attend for all levels please see the 19-20 overview below.

We are at the Slade Centre  – from 3.45pm to 6pm term time Tuesdays.

Sept to Dec is the time for new enrolments to decide on sectional work. People can drop in and discuss their own DofE programme.

There must be time spent planning and completing the prep for the assessed expedition. Regular Tues evening attendance is expected from the silvers and bronzes as below. This is mandatory.

  • Silvers Jan to Easter
  • Bronzes Mar to June/July 

From 2020 Golds will do their planning for their Expedition final in one day. 

Training and Expedition dates are fixed the June before the new intake. We do not change them once published. Please check them against your own family and activity calendars before signing up.

Important Downloads and links 

BACs – Bank Ref MUST BE full name of participant. sortcode 30.98.97 (Lloyds) a/c 47830260

Note that the enrolment fee goes elsewhere to buy your place for you and we can’t get it back if you change your mind. 

It is an individual responsibility to choose and to check that any activity  undertaken for the DofE programme is appropriately managed and insured, unless the activity is directly managed or organised by their DofE group, such as the Expedition. We’ve lots of ideas and contacts but cannot organise them for you. 



What’s Happening at Gillingham DofE OAC?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Gillingham, Dorset is delivered under the DofE licence of Dorset Council by Gillingham Open Award Centre (OAC).