We offer the opportunity for those undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award to complete their residential with us at one of our sites.

On a 5 day residential those taking on the Gold Award can stay for free in onsite accommodation and in return can spend the week doing voluntary work across a variety of departments.

We might even throw in some outdoor activities too!

What's on offer?

  • Free onsite accommodation - self-catering or catered
  • Volunteering opportunities across the organisation
  • Independent living in a new environment
  • Development of new skills through work
  • Outdoor activity to round off the week with a bit of fun
  • Completion of the Gold Award residential


Our staff can tailor your residential to meet the needs of your group, working with DofE assesors to ensure that we offer everything needed to meet the criteria of the Gold Award Residential.

I feel I have learnt new skills that I can take into the work place environment but also how to communicate with many different people.

DofE Participant

Young People Making Beds As Part Of Dof E Young Person On Reception At Brathay As Part Of Dof E Young Person Painting As Part Of The Dof E Gold Award

Are you a DofE Assessor or planning your gold award? Want to find out more? Contact Rebecca Brown by email here.


Case Study - Liverpool

In February 2018 we hosted 5 young people from Liverpool at our Brathay Hall centre to complete their DofE Gold Award Residential. 

During their stay we put them up in our single bed Loughrigg rooms, where they could live independently for the week.

Over their 5 day stay they helped our staff with a variety of jobs from preparing food in the kitchen to cleaning our fleet of pool cars and working on reception. Each young person was assigned different jobs each day and worked individually with members of our staff. This meant that they had to interact with strangers, take instruction and work effectively as part of our team.

It was a new learning curve for me which I thoroughly enjoyed . This experience faced me with new tasks which have helped me gain many new skills.

Olivia, DofE participant


The wide range of jobs meant that the young people learnt new skills and developed existing ones. Skills they can take forward in their work life as well as their everyday life.

As a special treat for the group at the end of the week, we took them out on lake Windermere in one of our whaler rowing boats. A chance to have a bit of fun and enjoy some of the wonderful Lake District scenery that surrounds us at Brathay Hall.

The week ended with the young people having developed new skills and ways of thinking alongside having been a great help to us and our work.

It also ended with them completing their Gold Award Residential.

Young People Washing A Brathay Car As Part Of Their Dof E Gold Award Young People On A Whaler On Windermere As Part Of Dof E Young Person Serving Up Some Cake On Dof E Residential

Are you a DofE Assessor or planning your gold award? Want to find out more? Contact Rebecca Brown by email here.