Duke of Edinburgh Licensing Authority

Our Mission

To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.



The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non competititve programme of activities for anyone aged 14 -24. Edsential is the licensed organisation responsible for the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Cheshire West and Chester. As a licensed organisation, we are able to offer programmes for young people, which gain public recognition and acclaim.

Doing the DofE through Edsential will give young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills. The DofE Centre staff will guide young people through the three progressive levels of programmes which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

With the support of the DofE network young people can create their own DofE programme by choosing a volunteering, physical and skills activity, going on and expedition and , for their Gold only, take part in a residential activity.

Meet the team

Jane Pepper

Kate Lodge

What can we offer?

• The Licensed Organisation will provide access to a comprehensive training programme for all staff and volunteers, covering all aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in which the individual may be involved.

• To Centres that are starting out, we offer support throughout Cheshire West and Chester, for schools, Higher Education Colleges and Youth Groups, to set up and run the Duke of Edinburgh Award in their Centre, no matter how many young people may be interested.

• We offer advice and assistance for promoting and working with eDofE to Centres who have been running The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for many years and wish to keep update with changes to eDofE. Informing them of a range of resources and opportunities being offered for young people to plan their individual, creative programme and complete volunteering or skills activities.
• The Expeditions can be completed with the highly qualified Conway Centre staff as they provide young people with the opportunity to undertake this section of the Award in safe, adventurous surroundings. There is support from the LOtC office on planning educational trips and expeditions and submitting information through the Evolve system.

• A challenging and appropriate 5 day, residential adventurous activity will be provided by Edsential that will meet the criteria of the Gold DofE programme. This will provide young people with the opportunity to work with people they have not met before, this will take place either in Cheshire or North Wales. This will people the chance to step outside their comfort zone, gain new skills for life, enjoy new experiences and have fun.

• Edsential will recognise the achievements of the young people throughout the region, as they complete their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. The Awards will be approved and certificates and badges awarded at an Annual Presentation Evening.


  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award accepts and promotes that in all matters concerning child protection, the welfare and protection of the child is of paramount importance and Edsential will adhere to current safeguarding best practice.
  • Programmes that are effective for the personal development of young people.
  • Programmes that are held in high regard within education, by employers, parents and wider communities.


We have ambitious plans for growth over the coming years and an increasing demand for young people to take part, as such there will be an even far greater demand on leaders and volunteers. Therefore we are able to offer with the support of the Regional Office a variety of courses to support the delivery of the different aspects of the DofE programme.

Further information about the Duke of  Edinburgh Award can be found on their website here.


Our expeditions pages can be found here.