Awards Plus

Supporting Young People to Achieve

Awards Plus Open Programme 2024

Nature-based youth awards for young people looking for extra help.

What is the Open Programme?

  • Personalised, practical support and guidance creating opportunities to participate and complete a range of nature-based youth awards.
  • A consistent and welcoming space for support, sharing and meeting other young people completing awards.
  • It introduces a variety of youth awards to young people who may be unfamiliar or unsure of them.
  • It highlights that activities can contribute to more than one award and be part of personal pathways. Opportunities for integration and progression through different awards are supported.
  • Staff and volunteers offer additional support for individuals to participate and achieve.
  • It’s individual rather than group-focused, bringing together young people from different backgrounds and geographies to participate.

Who is it 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.

There’s no need to be part of an existing a group.
Individuals and referrals from youth groups and schools welcome.
Registered volunteers are welcome to assist and to work towards awards outcomes themselves.

Opportunities, guidance and direct delivery include:


Drop-ins – Introductions, Information, In-person

When: Wednesday 5th June 5-7pm 
Where: The Risk Factory, 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RL
Ages: 14-25 years, open to new members all year.

Come along and hear about how you can turn your hobbies and interests into awards, and/or receive help for awards you are currently working towards. At this Drop-In, we will be chatting about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the John Muir Award.      

It’s a chance to:

  • address award-related questions/issues/support needs
  • share experiences, ideas, opportunities
  • find out more about awards, Sections, skills

How to get involved

Contact Amber Williams,

  • For further information on Awards Plus or the Open Programme/Drop-ins.
  • To introduce yourself as a young person and just say hi.
  • To register to receive a monthly email update
  • To say you’d like to attend a Drop-in/Expedition
  • To sign up for activities, award support and specific programmes



funded by The City of Edinburgh Council