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Pupils to Benefit from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Fund

Cliff Park receives a grant from The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s (DofE) Diamond Fund

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy has received a grant from The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s (DofE) Diamond fund to enable more disadvantaged young people in the local area to complete their DofE.

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy has received the £4980 grant to fund a Community Garden project, which will turn an unused part of the school grounds into a fruit and vegetable garden. The new garden will be used to grow produce to donate to local food banks and good causes.

The DofE students will be working in the garden as part of the volunteering section of the Bronze and Silver awards. Through the project, it is hoped more disadvantaged young people in Gorleston will have the chance to develop life-changing skills such as communication, resilience and teamwork.

The Diamond Fund is part of the DofE’s £3 million investment to increase the number of disadvantaged young people starting the award from 50,000 per year to 70,000 by 2021. The DofE is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, enabling those aged 14-24 to develop key skills for life and work.

Ms Poulter, Principal of Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, said:

“Cliff Park DofE centre is incredibly excited to have received a grant from the DofE’s Diamond fund. It will enable us to reach and support more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The DofE is an integral part of Cliff Park Ormiston Academy life and we will be using this money to develop the volunteering section of the award, giving more of our young people the opportunity to develop communication and confidence skills, by helping out in their local community, learning a new skill, keeping fit and experiencing the great outdoors.”

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said:

“We are delighted to grant Cliff Park Ormiston Academy DofE centre money from the #iwill DofE Diamond fund to enable even more disadvantaged young people in the Gorleston area the opportunity to do their DofE.

The life-changing benefits of a DofE programme should be readily available to any young person who wants to help themselves to go further in life.”

For those interested in following the development of the Community Garden, regular updates will be posted via Twitter on the account @cliff_parkdofe.

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