Volunteering for your Duke of Edinburgh Award?

We’ve got lots of opportunities for young people undertaking their gold Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) award to volunteer and make a valuable contribution to the charitable work of Brathay. 

Opportunities exist all around our Ambleside site to help our estates or hospitality teams.

We’re happy to be flexible - volunteers are important to us. Generally, this is a 5-day volunteering offer but we’re happy to talk through your needs. 

This is not a DoE residential however accommodation is available for those participating, either free or for a donation, if our work gets under your skin. 

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


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.

DoE 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


Case Study - Liverpool

In February 2018 we hosted 5 young people from Liverpool at our Brathay Hall centre. 

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, DoE 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.

Young People Washing A Brathay Car As Part Of Their Dof E Gold Award Paddle a whaler boat on Windermere 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 us by email here.