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Young Hackney

Young Hackney is the Council’s Early Help and Prevention Service for all young people aged 6 – 19 or up to 25 for young people with special education needs or disabilities. Young Hackney works to ensure that all young people in the borough of Hackney enjoy their youth and have support in their transition to an independent and successful adulthood. Our goal is to help remove barriers to progression and support young people to reach their full potential. We run universal services such as youth clubs and sports & citizenship activities as well as offering advice and help to young people who need additional support, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health.

Application deadline: 
Monday, 30 April 2018

Young Hackney’s accreditation programme is looking for volunteers to support young people to complete Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburg. You will help staff to facilitate DofE expedition section and take young people camping and hiking during their expedition weekends, alongside trained youth workers. You will work as a part of a team and participate on hikes on rural countryside footpaths, bridleways and tacks. You will put up your own tent on campsites, cook and share experiences and skills with young people. You will receive full expedition, first aid and health and safety training.

Role Aim: 

Duke of Edinburgh’s is the world’s leading youth achievement award for young people 14-24 years old. DofE encourages young people to push their personal boundaries, gain new skills, grow in confidence and enhance their CV, while meeting new people and having fun!

Young Hackney’s accreditation programme supports young people to complete Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE award, through a number of participation, leadership and citizenship programmes. We organise and facilitate the expedition section, a fun, outdoors activity that aims to push young people out of their comfort zone. Expedition activities are held over weekends and might include camping, hiking, sailing, horse riding etc.


• Commit to and complete a three days overnight camping once or twice a year

• Hike a minimum of 6hrs on the planned route - navigation, map reading and orientation

• Camp craft- Work together as a team pitch tent and cook with hiking stoves.

• Attend training and preparation meeting prior to the expedition

• To develop positive relationships with young people, while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

• To adhere to health and safety and other Young Hackney policies.

Skills needed: 

• Able to volunteer as part of a team, motivate and instruct young people.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with young people.

• Able to treat young people with respect and discretion, maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality

• Experience in overnight camping, put up your tent and cook on hiking stove.

• Able to read a map, know how to orientate and use a compass in connection with a map

• Be comfortable walking 10km with a light pack

• Basic understanding of safeguarding of children and young people.


One day First Aid training

Expedition training

Induction, safeguarding and professional boundaries

Campsites around London or across the UK, travel by train or mini-bus
Time commitment: 
Opening times: 
Dates: 23rd & 24th June, 14th & 15th July, 21st & 22nd July and/or following that, one or two weekends a year with prior notice