Duke of Edinburgh Award Candidates

Thank you for considering undertaking your volunteering section of the D of E award with us.

We are a local charity with a high demand for our services to help to the people in a time of personal crisis, and are open six days a week to do this vital work. Most of the people who come to volunteer are adults who give up a half day or more every week, but we do have a limited capacity for local community groups such as Scouts or Guides, and D of E candidate to help with the varied tasks in our Donations Centre in Wokingham. From time to time, we have to operate a waiting list, so it a good idea to apply early and give us your projected completion date.

  • If you are under the age of sixteen, you will have to attend with a chaperone. This can be a parent, sibling over the age of eighteen or a trusted family friend, who has to be responsible for your wellbeing whilst you are in the building volunteering, and stays on site throughout the session. This is because most of our volunteers are not DBS checked as they do not come into contact with people who are either children or Vulnerable Adults whilst volunteering for us. This means they cannot be responsible for the emotional or physical wellbeing of other people’s children on our behalf. One adult can supervise two D of E candidates.
  • We try to offer most parts of the week if this fits with your school /college timetabling, but cannot offer Fridays at this time, and we are closed on Sundays. We may be able to accommodate students who are quite local to Molly Millars Lane for an hour 4-5pm Monday to Thursday,  and also on Saturdays for longer sessions either 10am-1pm or 1pm -4pm. Saturday sessions  cannot be shorter than this as we need enough people in the Centre for each session to carry out the work required.

If you are interested, please fill out the form at this link on our website http://www.thecowshed.org/volunteering/ and note in the box labelled ‘special skills’ that you are a D of E candidate and which level you are working towards please. Could you make sure that you use an email address you can access from home so you can read and reply to our response promptly. You will get a response within a week, usually less, and will be asked for the name and contact details of your chaperoning adult. We will contact them to ensure they understand what they need to do to help you complete this service component.