Achieving for Children

Awards for commitment to young people

Two young people, one of our youth service managers and a longstanding volunteer were invited to St James’ Palace on 16 February to attend a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award ceremony hosted by Prince Edward.

It turned out to be a day of great celebration as two young people were presented with their Gold Awards after years of hard work and commitment.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme honoursSteve Seymour, one of our Youth Service super volunteers, had his commitment to leading young people rewarded. He was presented with a certificate recognising his long service to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Steve has volunteered for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Youth Service Outdoor Education Project (now run by Achieving for Children) for over 16 years. He has been an integral part of the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – helping to lead Gold, Silver and Bronze groups on their adventures, both in the UK and Europe.

He has staffed canoe expeditions from one end of the Thames to the other, across the loughs of Ireland, the mountains of Dartmoor, Snowdonia, the Scottish Highlands and all the way to the wilds of Sweden and Norway. All of this has involved undertaking training courses on land, water and driving a minibus, which he has achieved on top of a very busy career in IT.

This commitment to ‘putting something back’ has been key to our work with young people. Without volunteers like Steve the Youth Service would not have the diversity and capacity that so many young people have benefited from and will continue to do so.

To top a very special day off, a long service award was also presented to Helen Smith, Achieving for Children (RBWM) Youth Service Manager. Helen has delivered the DofE Award Scheme to young people and trained many expedition leaders and assessors.

Kevin McDaniel, Director of Children’s Services, Windsor and Maidenhead, says, “Helen’s long service award is wonderful recognition for all the support, encouragement and inspiration she has given to many young people who have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme over the years.”