We offer a range of informal, nationally accredited awards which can help every young person in the borough to achieve their full potential - by providing recognition for activities in which they already take part, or by encouraging them to try out new adventures.
Groups, youth centres and other organisations may deliver these awards under the guidance of the council (acting in its capacity as operating authority for the various national organisations).
Youth Achievement Award - an activity-based approach to peer education designed to help develop more effective participative practice by encouraging young people to progressively take more responsibility in selecting, planning and leading activities that are based on their interests. The peer group model encourages the development of a wide range of life skills through a flexible and informal approach. The Youth Achievement Awards are available for young people from 14 years upwards.
Youth Challenge Award - similar in concept to the Youth Achievement Award, the Youth Challenge is aimed at young people between 11 and 13 years, though it can also be appropriate for older age groups, especially those with learning difficulties.
ASDAN Short Course Awards - designed to accredit specific activities and are available for all age groups. Currently available themes are ; Adventure & Residential, Expressive Arts, Sex & Relationships, Foundation for Work and many more which are being added to all the time. National accreditation can be gained through these awards for as little as 10 hours participation.
Community Crew Certificate - accredits competence in boat handling on the inland waterways of Britain. The skills gained include steering the boat and the safe operation of locks, swing bridges and other canal structures. The course, which is a minimum of three days duration, is based on Adams Ark, the DMBC Community Barge. Adams Ark is normally based at Skipton so that cruises take place on one of the most picturesque sections of the British canal system.