Aircraft engineering apprentices - Gold awards holders
The achievements of young people from across Rhondda Cynon Taf who have gained their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards were celebrated at a special presentation evening.
Young people aged 14-25 gathered at the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, for the evening arranged by RCT Services for Young People DofE Team and supported by the Special Projects Team. The presentation ceremony celebrated 235 DofE awards being presented at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels.
This year saw the best haul of Gold Awards ever in Rhondda Cynon Taf – with 24 young people set to travel to St James’s Palace in London to receive their Gold Award certificates later this year.
Parents, group leaders, DofE volunteers and a number of other guests attended, including Cllr Ann Crimmings, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, who welcomed everyone.
Young people who undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have to commit to learning a new skill, develop themselves through a physical activity, volunteer to help others, and spend days on expedition, working as a team to navigate across the countryside and sleeping in a tent.
Gold Award participants also have to undertake a residential section, and this year they volunteered in the Belgian woodlands to help build a new scout camp base; helped disabled children on summer holiday activity camps; undertook outdoor activities in Scotland and Snowdonia; helped organise music festivals and participated in other international volunteering projects.
The DofE Award presentation ceremony was compered by young DofE Bronze Award holders Charlotte Bailey from Treorchy Comprehensive and Joe Davies from St John Baptist High School.
Cllr Crimmings and Cllr Craig Middle, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Social Justice, presented the Gold Award badges and Cllr Crimmings went on to present many Silver and Bronze DofE Award certificates to those who had undertaken their Awards within their schools, youth groups and community organisations across the county.
Special guest speaker on the night was Jonathan Evans, DofE Group Leader with RCT Explorer Scouts, and a member of the British Antarctic Survey. Musical entertainment was provided by local band The Pitchforks – a group of young people from Treorchy and Tonyrefail.
Cllr Crimmings said: “Congratulations to all the young people on their incredible achievements. It was a very enjoyable evening which showcased the commitment and passion given to DofE by young people across the county borough.”
For further information about how to become involved with the DofE in Rhondda Cynon Taf, please contact Kerry Rees, DofE Development Officer on 07786523915 or 01443 744107, or check out www.DofE.org.