On 25 May 2017, Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) Chief Executive, Barry Mulholland, attended the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at Hillsborough Castle.
The awards were presented by Charity’s founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, to 115 young people from across Northern Ireland.
A number of those receiving awards participated in the scheme through the controlled schools which they attend. Pupils from 12 CSSC member schools were recognised.
Barry Mulholland, CSSC Chief Executive said:
“It was an honour to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on his last official visit to Northern Ireland before his retirement.
“I feel very fortunate to have the chance to celebrate the outstanding success of these young people from across Northern Ireland, who should be very proud of themselves.
“I was delighted to see the dedicationand contribution of Geoff Robinson recognised.
“Geoff is DofE co-ordinator for Bangor Academy, one of our member schools, and was presented with a DofE Recognition Certificate. He has been volunteering with DofE for over 15 years and is an Accredited DofE Expedition Assessor.
“CSSC is looking forward to working with DofE in Northern Ireland on future projects.”
Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Northern Ireland, Kate Thompson said:
“Young people doing their DofE are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and the skills that they develop can be life-changing.
“Together with our Licensed Organisation partners the DofE is inspiring the success of young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is widely recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. The gold award is the highest level of three awards available and the most prestigious, due to the level of commitment involved in obtaining it.
Participants must volunteer in their community, learn a skill, get fit, go on an expedition and take part in a week-long residential.