FOTA
Friends of the Award

Supporting Young People to Achieve

Our Youth Development Project aims to support the personal and social development of young people in Edinburgh through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We support disadvantaged and marginalised young people to gain confidence, learn new skills and to work towards achieving this prestigious, accredited award as recognition of their achievements and their transferable skills. Participating in the wide range of activities that a DofE Programme involves helps to increase confidence, reduce social isolation and improves access to education, training and employment for young people.

The project is initially funded for three years from September 2020 through the City of Edinburgh Council’s Children and Families Main Grants Programme and it is being delivered through three different strands.

Youth Organisations

We support youth clubs and other youth organisations to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to disadvantaged and marginalised young people in their local area. Our Development Officers work alongside youth organisation staff to enrol groups of participants in the DofE and help them with their sectional activities including expeditions. At the same time we will mentor the youth organisation staff as DofE Leaders and Centre Co-ordinators so that DofE can become part of the core youth work of the organisation in the long term.

If your youth club or youth organisation is interested in offering DofE, please contact us for an initial chat. Please email ydp@fota.org.uk.

School ASN Units

We support a small number of City of Edinburgh Council high schools to offer DofE to young people with additional support needs. Our Development Officers will work alongside school staff to enrol a group of participants in the DofE and help them with their sectional activities including expeditions. At the same time we will mentor the school staff members as DofE Leaders so that DofE can become part of the core youth work of the organisation in the long term.

Edinburgh school staff who have a group of eligible young people who would like to take part in DofE with our support can contact us for an initial chat. Please email ydp@fota.org.uk.

Open DofE Group

For individual disadvantaged and marginalised participants who are unable to take part in the DofE through their school or youth organisation, we offer a small “Open” DofE group based at our office at The Risk Factory in Slateford, Southwest Edinburgh. We will offer regular drop-in sessions, remote mentoring, a programme of teambuilding activities and participation in our Open Expeditions programme.

Participation is free for participants from SIMD 1 and 2 households, modest charges may apply for other participants. Capacity may be limited.

Participants can get in touch with us directly, or via their parents, or via a youth or support worker. Please email ydp@fota.org.uk.

"I feel I have gained independance from doing DofE"
Participant

Find Out More

Contact our Youth Development Team: ydp@fota.org.uk | 0131 467 4753

Thanks to our funders

From September 2020 to 2023, our Youth Development Project is majority funded by The City of Edinburgh Council.

funded by The City of Edinburgh Council