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Service

THE PROGRAMME

Requirements

Young people must provide a Service within their community and provide this for a minimum of 1 hour per week over the time period they choose - this must be completed in their leisure time.

Bronze choice is for a minimum of 3 or 6 months of practical service, OR a training course followed by practical service spread evenly over the number of months chosen.

Silver must be completed for a minimum of 6 or 12 months (direct entrant) of practical service, OR a training course followed by practical service spread evenly over the number of months chosen.

Practical service following a training course should be at least 20 hours if 6 months or 40 hours if 12 months.

Gold must be completed for a minimum of 12 or 18 months (direct entrant) of practical service, OR a training course followed by practical service spread evenly over the number of months chosen.

Practical service following a training course should be at least 40 hours if 12 months or 90 hours if 18 months.

At all levels practical service must be carried out following a training course giving participants the opportunity to utilise the Service skill acquired e.g. being available at sports matches to provide first aid if required.

There are three types of Service you can do

  • Practical service - includes introduction to voluntary service and briefing sessions eg charity work/fundraising, helping those in the local community, conservation
  • Training and practical service - includes introduction to voluntary service, training and practical service eg adult literacy, fire service, youth leadership, civil defence
  • Specialised training that results in some form of qualification eg first aid, lifesaving.
     
Service - 'For-Profit' business versus Charity
 
When volunteering for Rest Homes/Day Care Centres, it is important to know whether or not they are a 'For-Profit' business. If they are 'For-Profit' then participants can only count time spent doing activities that someone would not normally be paid to do. Example; reading to, playing an instrument for, interatcting on a personal level with the residents/children. They cannot use activities like cleaning/cooking.
 
Where the organisation is a 'Charity/Non-Profit', all voluntary activity can be counted.

See the Duke of Edinburgh website for suggestions.
 
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