DofE Manager, Fiona Green receives Royal recognition
Fiona Green is one of a small group of people worldwide to be congratulated for their outstanding support for young people through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. To mark International Volunteer Day on Sunday 5th December, the Leighton Buzzard DofE Manager has received Royal recognition for her exceptional dedication to supporting young people to do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). Fiona has run the DofE at Vandyke for 16 years, giving young people the chance to take on challenges, discover new skills and passions and develop their confidence, resilience and self-belief.
Fiona is one of a small group of volunteers to receive a personal letter of commendation from HRH The Earl of Wessex – a DofE Trustee – and a special commemorative coin marking the life and legacy of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE’s patron. The coins have been donated by The Royal Mint. The 50 coin recipients were selected to reflect some of the different roles, successes and activities on behalf of more than 45,000 people delivering DofE across the UK. Many have given decades to supporting young people, while others have gone above and beyond to make sure young people can continue their DofE despite personal challenges or the effects of the pandemic.
In the last 16 years, DofE at Vandyke has grown enormously, creating a real buzz around the school, especially during the expedition season. The Bronze award started with 20 students and has grown to 110. The Silver award started with 12 students and has developed to 50. Finally, the Gold award started with 6 students and 30 have now been registered. Truly amazing!
Fiona Green said “The students’ overwhelming enthusiasm for the award scheme inspires teachers, support staff and alumni to volunteer and encourage the young people to become our leaders of the future by giving them the opportunity to gain confidence and resilience whilst also having fun!”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s CEO, Ruth Marvel, said: “If young people are the heart of our organisation, volunteers are the lungs, breathing life into our programmes, changing the lives of young people so that they have the confidence and resilience to deal with whatever life might have in store. At a time when so many young people are facing unprecedented challenges, DofE volunteers are instrumental in helping them to regain a sense of purpose, possibility and control over their futures. Thank you to everyone in the DofE volunteer family who has helped support so many young people through the most difficult of times.”