You're all diamonds!

Through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award's Diamond Challenge, we've been granted over £60,000

Daisy, Member comms team
17 January 2019

In 2016, our members got involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge. The fundraising initiative saw hundreds of you raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) in wacky and wonderful ways, from bike rides to knitting to reading as many books as possible.

Your donations have been match-funded by the DofE and the #iwill fund. The #iwill fund is a joint investment from The National Lottery and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport supporting young people to access high quality social action opportunities. This means we’ve been granted over £60,000 to put towards getting girls and young women from disadvantaged areas involved in DofE Awards. And it’s all thanks to you.

The money will be spent over the next four years, and we’ve just been allocated the funding for year one. This year we’ll focus on adult training.

We’re going to:

  • Run Mountain Training UK and British Canoeing courses at Waddow Hall, Foxlease and Blackland farm, with a subsidy for leaders who live in or lead units in areas of deprivation. This will mean that even more leaders will be able to take girls on land and water expeditions.
  • Offer Diamond Challenge funded trainings across the countries and regions, with the opportunities tailored to their needs.

To get involved with these initiatives, check out our activity centre website for training dates or contact [email protected]. For country/region run trainings, please speak to your country/region office.