Centre Information – April 2021

Fiona Buckley

It is with deep sadness that we heard that Fiona Buckley, a long standing volunteer leader, passed away following a brave battle with cancer. Fiona was an eDofE mentor and early organiser of refreshments. Fiona helped many of our members progress with their Award and through her energy and enthusiasm for the Award. Our thoughts are with her husband Steve and their daughters Hannah, Lucy and Rachel. Fiona was engaging to work with and we want to take this opportunity to recognise all that Fiona did for us.

eDofE Groups & Mentors

Thankyou to everyone for updating their plans and progress on eDofE. We have had a real push on this over the past month and its great to have our new mentors on board to support members. Please remember that these groups are separate from the expedition groups (and the Lake District naming convention has no relevance to the location of expeditons !).

The eDofE team can be contacted on the following email addresses:

  • Ambleside – Emma Deighton Brown – emma.db@dofetimperley.org.uk
  • Keswick – Sarah Newton – sarah.newton@dofetimperley.org.uk
  • Windermere – Anouska Ward – anouska.ward@dofetimperley.org.uk
  • Coniston – Charlotte Skitterall – charlotte.skitterall@dofetimperley.org.uk
  • Langdale – Liz Stagg – liz.stagg@dofetimperley.org.uk
  • Grasmere – Michelle Ball – michelle.ball@dofetimperley.org.uk

Please note that the deadline for approval of plans has now been extended to 30th April 2021.


We will resume expeditions when it is safe to do so. The UK government roadmap prescribes that it will not be possible to resume camping activities until Step 3 no earlier than 17th May 2021 however it may be possible to undertake outdoor training in advance of that date. The expedition leader team met earlier this month and agreed to meet again on 21st April to determine next steps.

Earlier this week the National Youth Agency (NYA) issued updated guidance on the resumption of outdoor activities. A number of potential adaptations have been made to the Award (as set out in the table on the following page) and our team are currently assessing which of these it will be feasible to implement.

Following our meeting on 21st April we will issue a further update. As soon as we are in a position to issue an updated timetable we will do so.

Please note that the expedition groups will need to be updated to accommodate individual preferences (including those members who wish to combine the qualifying expedition with practice for the next level). We will also update the costs for the expeditions to take into account the reduction in duration and any additional costs to ensure covid safety.

Temporary Adaptations to Award

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The news has been dominated by the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. As the founder of the DofE he transformed how millions of young people saw themselves and saw the world around them. Launched in 1956, the DofE encourages young people to try new experiences and sparks self-belief and discovery.

To celebrate The Duke’s inspiring impact on generations of young people the DofE are building an unprecedented collection of DofE stories. Every young person who takes on the DofE creates unforgettable memories and it is intended to bring them to life as a tribute to His Royal Highness. In this way, we’ll also inspire the next generation of young people to begin their own DofE journey.

Please record your memories using the link on the DofE website: https://www.dofe.org/

Volunteer Team

Our Centre is entirely dependent on the team of adult volunteers, we are fortunate to have an extensive stock of expedition and training equipment, but the main constraint on our ability to resume expeditions this year will be the availability of leaders.

If you have experience of hillwalking we would love to hear from you, we are always on the look out for new members and full training is provided funded by our centre and the DofE.

Please contact Andy for more information – andy.allan@dofetimperley.org.uk

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