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Helping students to expand their horizons

2nd April 2019

Students who attend the Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch have the chance to push personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance their CVs and University applications by taking part in the world’s leading youth achievement award - The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

A grant of £4,392 has been awarded to the Academy from the Turncole Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, to buy equipment including tents, walking boots, rucksacks and compasses.

The Fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and has awarded grants totalling £84,700 since it was set up in 2016 to support social, environmental and educational projects in Southminster and Burnham-on-Crouch.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth programme founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It is has now expanded to 144 nations, giving students a taste of an expedition and adventure.

Jay Freeman, Manager of DofE at Ormiston Rivers Academy, said: “We champion all of our students to be involved and engaged in the local community. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an invaluable opportunity for those in Year 10 and above to volunteer, build skills and undertake expeditions. This grant will help us to ensure that any student that wants to take part and earn the Award, is able to.

He added, “Alongside the brilliant DofE team who make this possible, we have also taken the innovative approach of getting parents involved. They will be trained and lead on classroom-based activities and expeditions.”

Caroline Taylor, chief executive at ECF, said: “We are very pleased to work with Aviva Investors, owner of Turncole Wind Farm, to support local projects that will benefit people living and working near the wind farm. This grant will enable even more young people to take part in DofE and expand their horizons; many of whom would otherwise miss out on such an opportunity.”

ECF has funding available to support individuals, charities and voluntary organisations in the Maldon district and are holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery on Thursday 11 April from 10am to 12 noon to speak with potential grant applicants. To take part, call us on 01245 356018.There is no need to book a slot.