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Duke of Edinburgh - Silver Award

Young people at Lancashire County Council's New Era centre in Accrington

have been showing their mettle this summer.


Following last year's success with the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award,

15 young people moved up to take their silver award - and their hard

work has paid off.


Paul Wright, young people's worker at New Era, said: "The group have all

worked fantastically well and have all now completed their Silver Duke

of Edinburgh award.


"In particular, undertaking the expedition in such a beautiful location

enabled the young people to really appreciate what is on offer in and

around the area where they live.


"It is encouraging to know that the majority of the group are all keen

to go on to the Gold award, so who knows - this time next year, we may

be making a trip south to see the group receive their awards at the



County Councillor Mark Perks, Cabinet Member for Young People, said:

"I'd like to add my congratulations to the silver award group. Good for

them for tackling such an ambitious programme - I'm just glad it stayed

fine for them on the outdoor section!


"I hope they are able to continue with the scheme and undertake the gold



The group undertook a wide variety of activities and projects to

complete three of the main sections of the award. These included

dancing, attending the gym, participating in different sports, learning

to play a musical instrument and learning French.


One of the key areas of the award is the volunteering section, in which

young people give something back to their community. Young people

enthusiastically offered their services for free at local churches,

Brownie groups, athletic clubs and charity shops.


The most gruelling part for those who complete the award is usually the

expedition section. The young people first undertake an intense day's

walk to give them a flavour of what is to come on the expedition and to

develop their navigational skills.


The groups then headed out at the end of April on the day of the royal

wedding. They were treated to a barbecue in the evening to celebrate the

wedding and in preparation for the walking that lay ahead - although the

young people had to bring their own food for the barbecue as part of the

Duke of Edinburgh award conditions. Luckily the weather stayed fine for

their weekend's trek.


The group then had a break to allow them to concentrate on their GCSEs

and were reunited on 1July to complete their qualifying expedition. The

group travelled to the northern part of Lancashire to undertake their

qualifying expedition around the village of Silverdale.


In glorious weather, the group completed their three-day expedition,

camping at Silverhelme Scout Camp and at a small campsite in Hutton

Roof, and were able to eat an outdoor lunch looking out at the wonderful

views that Silverdale has to offer over Morecambe Bay.


The Duke of Edinburgh award will be continuing from September at the

open award centre based at New Era Youth Club with all three awards

available to young people over the age of 14. If you are interested in

taking part, please contact Paul on 01254 300113. You can also visit the

award website at .

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Taken on August 12, 2011