Eastbourne Funding For DofE

Wednesday 11th May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - DofE Council Funding

Old Town and Upperton Ward Councillors have helped to fund camping equipment and expedition training for leaders who support young people following the Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award Programme.

The Councillors agreed to give £960 from the Devolved Budget, which is available for community causes.

The request for funding was made by the Eastbourne Open Award Centre, which supports young people who want to participate in the DofE Award Programme. In order to help the young people who take part in the award, leaders must attend courses, and some of the funding was used to pay for this training.  

Old Town Ward Councillor John Ungar and Upperton Ward Councillor Sammy Choudhury joined the group before they went on a recent expedition. The youngsters met at the top of Butts Brow before setting off on their DofE Bronze practice expedition around the South Downs.

Cllr Ungar said: “It’s essential that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme has suitably qualified leaders, as without these people there wouldn’t be anyone to lead the young people and teach them new skills. The group includes youngsters from the Old Town area and we were happy to help.”

Vanessa Mattingly, Eastbourne Open Award Centre Co-ordinator, added: “We are delighted that the Councillors agreed to help fund the expedition camp craft and the expedition training for our DofE leaders so that they become qualified to take young people out on their expeditions.”

The Ward Councillors also teamed up to help fund the refurbishment of the outdoor facilities at Community Wise Community Centre in Ocklynge Road to the tune of £1,500. 

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