We are all members of SturYouth Duke of Edinburgh Award Team 2018, and although we are completing different award levels, we decided that we would all work together on this AMAZING project to complete the volunteering section of our respective awards.
The idea came about after members of SturYouth Club took part in the British Heart Foundations, "Restart a Heart" day last Autumn. During the evening a total of 36 young people were trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator, we thought that this was an amazing and valuable lifesaving skill to learn .
We started to look around to see where the nearest Public Access defibrillator was located, and after discovering that there was not one near the Youth Club, we felt that an ideal way to achieve our voluntary/community section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and do something positive for the community would be to raise funds to purchase not only a defibrillator but also a secure housing unit.
Learning how to do CPR and how to use a defibrillator is a life saving skill we think everyone young and old should know how to do, therefore the ultimate aim of The SturYouth Duke of Edinburgh Award team is to support the local community of Sturminster Newton by also raising funds to purchase a CPR training kit, which after we have received the correct training, we will be able to offer free community defibrillator training sessions.
The disused BT telephone box on Bath Road seemed the ideal location for the defibrillator,
so with the support from the Town Council who are adopting the phone box on our behalf we will have a home for the defibrillator. At the moment the phone box is very run down so some funds are needed here too.
We hope that after reading our story you are able to support our project. We have already made a start at fundraising, running a quiz night, a car boot, yard sales and a sponsor bike ride.. still to come are cake sales, summer disco, treasure hunt and a raffle.
The first donation arrived in the form of a cheque from The Blackmore Vale Masonic Lodge, they arrived just in time to have a sneaky photo opportunity at the phone box.
Thank you so much.
DofE Participants on their 16 mile sponsor bike ride.
The Dorset Doddlers popped by with a BIG cheque …£500.. WOW TOTALLY AWESOME... thank you guys
Sturminster Newton Fire Crew and their Fire Truck arrived to give our guys some cash ..
Much appreciated Sturminster Fire Crew.. money donated from their Car Wash Fundraising...
What an AMAZING COMMUNITY WE LIVE IN
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes take between one and four years to complete. The programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training for, and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
- At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
To achieve an award, participants must work on each section for a minimum period of time. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment: Participants are required to show regular commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme.