Keynsham Duke of Edinburgh group holds open day for new recruits

Published on: 02 Oct 2013

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Youngsters looking for adventure will certainly find it with a group that is recruiting new members.

Keynsham’s Open Award Centre is holding an open evening on Monday, October 14, for young people aged 14 and up to find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

To earn a bronze award, youngsters set their own personal goals in various categories, including volunteering, improving a physical skill and developing a personal interest, before heading off on an expedition.

This year’s bronze group volunteered at charity shops, and with Cub and Brownie groups, worked on physical skills including football coaching and dance and chose a skill to improve, from cooking to photography. Most of the sessions are focused on planning and training for the expeditions, which this year were in the New Forest and Exmoor.

Centre co-ordinator Cathryn Bartrum said: “The biggest thing the award offers is independence.

“The way the award progresses means it is  completely about your own achievements and targets, you set your own goals according to the areas you want to improve. You push yourself to whatever you can achieve and for every individual that’s different.”

The Open Award Centre is at Somerdale Lodge at Fry’s and the open evening will begin at 7.30pm. The group meets on Mondays from 7.30-9pm.

Volunteers are also needed to help run the group, and anyone who wants more information can email Cathryn at

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