Project information

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We would like to continue providing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award - and other outdoor educational experiences - free of charge to children and young people who are suffering deprivation as a result of living in poverty.

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: The Boathouse Youth Limited

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  • Need


    The project will solve the restrictions that currently face young people whose parents are not in a financial position to fund the completion of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for their children.

    Many parents are unable to afford the hundreds of pounds required to cover the cost of the training and expeditions in addition to the personal equipment that is required.

    Many parents also do not have access to transport and this restricts their access.


    First and foremost - we will provide all four-sections of the award completely free-of-charge.

    Secondly, we will provide all of the personal equipment that is required for young people to complete the award: walking boots, rucksacks, tents, cooking stoves, etc.

    Thirdly, we provide transport to and from the training venues and expedition sites.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For 20 young people to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.


    » Young people will participate in an accredited First Aid Training Course.
    » Young people will participate in a physical fitness programme.
    » Young people will undertake the training required to complete an outdoor expedition.
    » Young people will volunteer their time for the benefit of other young people, the elderly or animals.

    What success will look like

    20 young people will be achieve the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

  • Impact


    - Advancement in a new skill
    - Increased physical ability and fitness
    - Experience in actively-volunteering and the enjoyment that can be gained from giving your time for the benefit of others
    - A new experience of the outdoors and participating in an expedition
    - Making new friends
    - Developed confidence


    Failure to raise the required funds in time could affect the success of the project. We are managing this by subscribing to schemes such as this one with a view to raising the required funds.


    Our website gives up-to-date and real-time information.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £900 Training Expedition 20 young people will have a 2-day camp learning cooking skills, navigation skill and camp craft.
      £900 Practice Expedition 20 young people will now practice their skills. (2-days)
      £900 Assessed Expedition 20 young people will be assessed on their skills. (2-days)
      £500 Transport Contribution Fuel and travel costs for our 17-seater minibus + car
      £1,000 DofE Coordinator Costs Contribution towards the cost of a DofE Coordinator
      £1,000 Centre Costs Costs of running the centre for the First Aid Courses and Training, etc.
      £500 First Aid Equipment Costs of consumables for First Aid Courses and certificates.
      £300 Contingency A small nominal figure to cover any unexpected costs.
  • Background


    The BHY operates within some of the most deprived and poverty stricken areas of the UK, with the ramifications of these hardships being all too palpable. The Bloomfield Ward of Blackpool - in which our HQ is located - is, according the Index of Multiple Deprivation the "most deprived" area in Blackpool and the THIRD nationally. It is a sad truth that such societies tend to display lower than the national average in, e.g. family income and academic achievement.


    The beneficiaries will be children and young people whose disadvantaged can be summarised in one word -- deprivation.

    The effects on impressional and vulnerable young people of the hardships of this community are harrowing. This manifests itself most overtly in both physical and psychological problems, the latter more often than not being linked with behavioural hurdles.

    Because the children are not equipped to counter these problems the success of projects like this are imperative.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Put simply, because we have done it before -- and it worked; it has improved many young lives.

    The BHY is now in its 8th year, with a current membership of 500 children. It operates in areas that face difficulties and deprivation.

    We work closely with schools, the police and social services. We have an extremely professional ethos and exceptionally good local reputation. We are regularly contacted by children's homes, social services and schools to support their charges.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laurance Hancock

    Chief Executive of The Boathouse Youth - responsible for ensuring that the strategic business direction is correct.

    Benjamin Wilson

    The DofE Coordinator - Responsible for delivering the project.

Since the Boathouse has existed in this area there's less youths fighting on the streets and stuff.

Lucy Horrocks, Young Person - Aged 15