Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leadership

  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders lead groups of young people through all aspects of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. You'll lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, agree their programme choices and approve their progress and pictures in eDofE. You don't have to be a Duke of Edinburgh's Award holder yourself and you don't have to be a fan of the outdoors! Our Duke of Edinburgh's Award groups are in:
    • Schools, often run by teachers and other staff and with lunchtime or after-school meetings;
    • Open Duke of Edinburgh's Award Centres, run by volunteers and open to young people from across an area, often based in a school building, meeting later on a weeknight;
    • Youth and Community centres around the city.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award Helpers are adults who can spare some time to help our Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders run a group can be a volunteer. You may give general support, e.g. admin or accounting, help run one section or give specific training.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award Co-ordinators set up and manage the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in a centre. If you become a Co-ordinator, you'll support your Leaders and oversee all groups.

"I Enjoyed getting to know the participants outside of the classroom. Discovering a new route on the Bronze Practice and working with other leaders"

Ash Phelan, Volunteer Duke of Edinburgh Group Co-ordinator, Southwest Open Award Group


Expedition Volunteers

  • Expedition Supervisors are responsible for supervising and supporting a team of participants to ensure their safety and well-being whilst they are doing their Practice and Qualifying expeditions. Supervisors hold a leadership qualification in a mode of travel e.g. walking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking or sailing. Our Supervisors are registered and approved by the City of Edinburgh Council Duke of Edinburgh's Award Unit and most are willing to support any Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions organised by City of Edinburgh groups on a voluntary basis, as and when needed.
  • Accredited Expedition Assessors support and confirm the successful completion of Qualifying Expeditions. Assessors do not need to hold leadership qualifications, but they must complete the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme either with us or elsewhere.
  • Assistant Expedition Leaders are any other adults who are willing to volunteer on an ad hoc basis to support expeditions. This includes trainee Supervisors and Assessors, minibus drivers, and other experienced outdoorspeople who are able to help with the supervision, training, planning and delivery of expeditions. Specialist skills are always welcome, for example first aid instructors, sports instructors...


"We've enjoyed having a good, reliable and open leader team. Seeing the participants coming into their own on the hill - gaining confidence and dealing with a new experience in very often a new location is hugely rewarding"

Peter Macleay & Amy Richards, South Edinburgh Open Award Group Leaders



Kit Store Volunteers

  • Kit Store Assistants help to maintain our store of expedition equipment, issue it to groups heading out on expedition and check it after use. This could be for anyone who can spare a couple of hours or more every week or every fortnight. We are open to work experience placements.
  • Corporate Team-building:  your team is welcome to volunteer for a day or half day to help repair, maintain and prepare equipment for the season ahead, and participate in team activities, led by our Expedition Co-ordinator. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

"Friends of the Award have provided significant 'added value' to the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Edinburgh over a number of years"

Barry Fisher, Director – Scotland Duke of Edinburgh's Award 



Not the outdoors' type?

We have all manner of service-related volunteering opportunities:

  • Help to put together a databank of photos for our publicity materials
  • Help to write articles for our newsletter and web-site
  • Help our groups monitor and support participants through the online eDofE platform.


What's in it for you?

The knowledge and satisfaction that you have a real positive impact on the development and life chances of all the young people you work with.

In exchange for your time, energy and enthusiasm, you'll also have access to:

  • Upcoming Training Dates -Comprehensive, free training on all aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and the Council's wider CPD training directory
  • Discounted training and assessment courses for outdoor leadership qualifications, especially the Lowland Leader Award
  • Quarterly networking meetings and events
  • 20% discount on equipment for personal use at local Cotswold Outdoor and Tiso stores
  • Access to a range of resources to support you in whatever capacity you help us in!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


" I would recommend it as the teaching was very good, group size good and the areas we chose to walk in were beautiful. I think it is particularly good to do it in your own city as it shows you a different side to the area in which you are living"

Sara Razik, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Volunteer, about the Lowland Leader Training course

Getting Involved

Contact us to arrange an informal meeting to discuss your interests or complete the leader application form.

All adults involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Edinburgh must be registered with the City of Edinburgh Council's Duke of Edinburgh's Award Award Unit, this includes being a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.