We’re changing our name!
From June 2023, Friends of the Award is now Awards Plus…
Please bear with us as we make the changeover – new name, new logo, new branding, new website
Awards Plus: youth awards for young people looking for extra help
Opportunities, guidance and direct delivery – with personalised, practical support – including
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (including eDofE, Sections, Expeditions) John Muir Award, Junior Award Scheme for Schools/JASS and others
- Skills-based awards including Ramblers Scotland’s Out There Award, Lowland Leader Award, National Navigation Award Scheme
- Expeditions Programme for individuals, focused on DofE Bronze, Silver, Gold Levels [2023 dates tbc]
- Drop-in sessions for individual support, sharing, skills/award-related inputs
- Themed initiatives – participation, pointers
- Signposting to activity, training and volunteering opportunities
For young people aged 14-25, from Edinburgh & The Lothians, who may be missing out on opportunities due to
- practical, logistical, financial reasons
- additional support needs
- reasons associated with mental health & wellbeing
Expeditions – Dates TBC
Tailored 1:1 mentoring support is available for young people experiencing mental health difficulties who are open to outdoor activity opportunities and youth awards involvement. It’s accessed through referrals from Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other mental health support services, including community organisations and schools.
JASS is a simple certificate-based award, progressing over eight levels with an increased time commitment at each coloured level. There’s no set time limit to complete the award, no accreditation or evidencing needed. Starting and finishing can be at any time to suit pupils, educators and school needs.
“JASS is fantastic at providing a goal centred individual programme and allows pupils to reflect. It encourages a growth mindset and self-confidence.”
Thanks to our Funders and Partners