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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award An Approved Activity Provider

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Bendrigg Trust are an Approved Activity Provider as granted by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We take special pride in offering accessible courses to cater for all abilities. We have an extremely flexible, adaptable and experienced team who deliver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at all levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – whilst following the 20 conditions laid out by the DofE as closely as possible.

We make this happen by maintaining a close relationship from start to finish with the client and the DofE. Our highly experienced staff will instruct, supervise and support each individual throughout their DofE award. Bendrigg can provide specialist equipment and expedition kit to help enable individuals to complete their DofE.

Bendrigg runs training and qualifying expeditions at all 3 levels and Residential courses at Gold. You can also complete your Volunteering section of the Award with us.

Individuals wanting to complete the Bronze award can start at 14 years old, Silver at 15 years old and Gold at 16 years old. All awards must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

Tim loved doing the DofE Gold Residential with Bendrigg Trust and it boosted his self-confidence and raised his spirits so much that friends commented on the change. Thank you so much!

Gold Award 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award participants must complete:

– a 5 day, 4 night residential course

– a 4 day, 3 night expedition

– 12 months volunteering

– physical and skills sections, one for 6 months and the other for 12 months

For each section (volunteering, physical and skills) an average of 1 hour per week is expected.


Bendrigg Trust frequently run Gold Residential Courses. The next course is scheduled from Monday 21st – Friday 25th August 2017 and costs £350 per person (inc. VAT) for all your accommodation, food and activities. 16-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults and/or carers if required cost just £135 per person (inc. VAT). To secure your place please contact us. 

We can also run training, practice and qualifying courses for your Expedition however a minimum of 4 individuals is required. Our next training/practice expedition is scheduled from Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th July 2017. The qualifying part of the expedition will take place from Monday 28th August – Friday 1st September 2017. You must be available for both parts. The total course cost for both training and qualifying is £576 per person (inc. VAT). 16-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults and/or carers if required cost just £25 per person per night (inc. VAT). For more information or to secure your place please contact us. A maximum of 7 spaces are available.

To discuss volunteering at Bendrigg as part of your Award please fill in a volunteering application form.

Silver Award

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award participants must complete:

– a 3 day, 2 night expedition

– 6 months volunteering

– physical and skills sections, one for 3 months and the other for 6 months

For each section, (volunteering, physical and skills) an average of 1 hour per week is expected.


We can run training, practice and qualifying courses for your Expedition however a minimum of 4 individuals is required. Please contact us to add your name to the list of interested parties.

To discuss volunteering at Bendrigg as part of your Award please fill in a volunteering application form.

Bronze Award

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award participants must complete:

– a 2 day, 1 night expedition

– 3 months volunteering

– 3 months physical activities

– 3 months skills section

– plus a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections

For each section, (volunteering, physical and skills) an average of 1 hour per week is expected.


We can run training, practice and qualifying courses for your Expedition however a minimum of 4 individuals is required. Please contact us to add your name to the list of interested parties.

To discuss volunteering at Bendrigg as part of your Award please fill in a volunteering application form.