By: Blonde One

Every year DofE managers from around the South West gather together for a day of training. We get to catch up with friends that we might not see very often, meet new people, but most importantly learn more effective ways to ensure the success of this important Award. One of the activities this time was working with the different ways that funding and assistance can be applied for to help youngsters so that finances need not be a barrier. Those in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are committed to increase participation and reduce barriers of any kind.

I was over the moon to see that Moor Boots was one such fund. One of the things that I am particularly proud of is the formation of Moor Boots. A chance encounter with James from the Dartmoor Preservation Association sowed the seeds that were to grow to be this amazing scheme. We are passionate about ensuring there are no barriers to participation in Outdoor Education and this scheme sees boots provided for youngsters who are involved with activities on Dartmoor.