Young people at Blatch to benefit from the DofE Diamond fund

Tuesday, 03 July 2018



Blatchington Mill School is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (DofE) Diamond fund to enable the school to reach and support more disadvantaged young people who want to do their DofE in Brighton and Hove.

The grant will fund expedition costs for students who might otherwise not be able to participate in this exciting and rewarding activity. This summer, the grant will support 12% of our Bronze Award cohort to complete the training for and then the two-day practice and qualifying expeditions. The impact of the grant on the individuals it will help is massive; many are amongst the most dedicated DofE participants we have and for them to miss one of the most rewarding elements of the award would be a great shame. Thanks to the Diamond Fund, everyone will be able to enjoy the challenge of the expeditions.   

Through its Diamond fund, the DofE will be investing a total of £3 million over the next four years to increase the number of disadvantaged young people starting their DofE from 50,000 per year to 70,000 by 2021. The £3 million is made up of £1.5 million raised over 15,000 supporters in the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary year (2016), £1 million from the #iwill fund for England, a joint initiative from The National Lottery and Department for Culture, Media & Sport, and additional DofE donations to double Diamond Anniversary fundraising in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign which aims to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020.

Through our project more disadvantaged young people in Brighton and Hove will develop life changing skills such as communication, resilience and team work; create new friendships, and gain the confidence to reach their potential.

Keith McCormick, Assistant Head Teacher said, “Blatchington Mill is incredibly excited to have received a grant from the DofE’s Diamond Fund. It will enable us to reach and support more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The DofE Award scheme is growing annually within the school and is now well established as a part of Blatch life. We will be using this money to support a number of our Year 10 students to participate in the expeditions this summer, giving more of our young people the opportunity to develop communication and confidence skills that are transferable to life and work. Participation in the award also requires them to help-out in their local community, learn a new skill, keep fit and experience the great outdoors.”

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award says, “We are delighted to grant Blatchington Mill School money from the #iwill DofE Diamond fund to enable even more disadvantaged young people in Brighton and Hove 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 is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people. DofE programmes enable any young person, age 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work such as confidence, commitment and team working. Those who achieve a Bronze and Silver DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit and undertake an expedition in wild country. Those who achieve a Gold Award also take part in a week long residential.

There are currently over 430,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit