Dorset Council holds the Licence to deliver DofE Programmes in Dorset as listed until 31st August, 2024. It is responsible for the administration and authorisation of Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in the DofE Dorset Council area until then.

After much consideration, and careful review, Dorset council have decided to step away from directly supporting the delivery of DofE across the county. Over the past 10 years many local authorities have made a similar decision, entrusting the support for their local centres to the charity directly. When the current licence for Dorset Council comes to an end, on August 31st 2024, the council team have decided to pass that direct support over to the DofE.

Dorset has held a DofE licence for many years. Jean Coulter and Mary Shaw were the first women in the Shire to receive the Gold Award in 1965.

Dorset Council DofE Award Manager

Outdoor Education

County Hall

Colliton Park



01305 224517 or 07917212390