More challenging expeditions for students at Bridge Learning

February 01 2019
Students win backing for their D of E adventures

STAFF and students at Bridge Learning Campus are celebrating after winning a grant of £3,234 from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Diamond fund.

Pictured: pupils from Bridge Learning Campus on an expedition where they have to walk for two days and camp overnight

STAFF and students at Bridge Learning Campus are celebrating after winning a grant of £3,234 from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Diamond fund. 

The Diamond funding – which comes from a pot of money raised during the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary year in 2016 – will allow the South Bristol school to buy new equipment to support its Bronze and Silver participants with their award.

With the funding, BLC will buy new group kit including tents, portable stoves, first aid kits, and personal kit such as waterproof jackets and trousers, sleeping bags and rucksacks. 

Hayley Wallace, who leads on the scheme at Bridge Learning Campus, said: “The DofE gives our students an amazing opportunity to develop personally as well as develop key employability skills and have lots of fun.

“To complete the award, students must volunteer in their communities or at school, learn a new skill and take part in a physical activity.

“For the final section students plan and undertake an expedition where they walk for two days and camp overnight. 

“Through these sustained, meaningful activities, our students develop key life and employability skills, such as self-management, problem solving, team working, communication and confidence.

“We want to continue to encourage as many students as possible to take part in such an amazing opportunity and the funding bid will support us with this.”

As part of their Bronze award, students have completed their skills section by attending BLC’s band club with music teacher Mr Davine.

For their Silver award, students have been volunteering with organisations and community groups. 

Lily, Year 10, volunteers at her church club every Thursday for an hour, where she teaches children between the ages of 4 and 11 dance routines.

Lily said: “Volunteering has helped my communication and leadership skills. It has also helped me develop my confidence in talking to groups of young people. I have built friendships with the children and I feel like I’m really having an impact on people through my volunteering.” 

Peter Westgarth, chief executive of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: “We are delighted to grant Bridge Learning Campus money from the #iwill DofE Diamond fund to enable even more young people the opportunity to do their DofE.

“The life changing benefits of a DofE programme should be readily available to any young person who wants to help themselves to go further in life.”

The DofE’s Diamond fund is made up of £1.5 million raised by over 15,000 supporters during the Charity’s Diamond Anniversary year, £1 million from the #iwill fund for England – a joint initiative from The National Lottery and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to support young people access high quality social action opportunities – and additional DofE donations to double Diamond Anniversary fundraising in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.