The adventurous team were “absolutely thrilled” after receiving their official certificates from Lawrence Wood, principal of Coleg Llandrillo. Tasks accomplished ranged from a 26k coastal path walk through planning an outdoor expedition to wild camping!
The Independent Living Skills students; Osian Jones, Ally Evans, Lee Harvey and Jordan Mcdermot, were awarded with a combination of the NICAS climbing award, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, and the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. The students are working towards the Gold award, which will be presented to them at Buckingham Palace this Summer.
Osian said on the day: “It was a brilliant experience. My favourite part was making a camp fire and sleeping in a tent.”
Jane Myatt, Programme Area Manager for the Independent Living Skills department, added: “The students have had to overcome so many obstacles and issues and we are extremely proud of their considerable achievements. The benefits of outdoor learning are immeasurable. It is such a difficult award to obtain without any learning difficulties.
“It was literally a life-changing experience for them. They had an opportunity to discover new interests and talents as well as developing essential skills for life and work. The award is a recognised mark of achievement, respected by employers.”
Coleg Llandrillo’s Independent Living Skills department now has a dedicated Duke of Edinburgh’s awards’ day each week.
Coleg Llandrillo principal Lawrence Wood said: “I am proud to present the students with these awards. It has been an excellent effort by all those involved; they’re a credit to the college”
“I’d like to wish them all the best of luck working towards the Gold award, and I hope to join them at Buckingham Palace!”
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world's leading youth achievement award, with over 438,000 young people currently doing their DofE in the UK. Founded the Duke himself over 60 years ago, it was designed to encourage anyone aged 14 to 24 to take on a range of activities that develop skills such as leadership, perseverance, team work and communication.
For more information about Independent Living Skills courses at Coleg Llandrillo, go to www.gllm.ac.uk/ils
or call the college’s Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.