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Sheffield Girls’ Duke of Edinburgh Award students complete over 2000 hours of voluntary service for the local community

During summer months, many of our students usually set out on the expedition part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, however, due to Covid-19, these have had to be cancelled, along with many of their volunteering, physical and skill activities. In previous years, some of the volunteering activities girls have been involved in have included running art and craft sessions at Broomhill Library, working in charity shops, peer mentoring and litter picking. However, Sheffield Girls’ pupils decided the pandemic didn’t mean they had to stop their volunteering completely, instead, they managed to adapt their activities to be able to deliver them digitally, or remotely at home. 

Year 9 pupils Grace continued to train her football team using online videos, Isobel taught her younger brother Makaton, a language programme which uses signs and symbols to help people communicate, Rebekah made resources and quizzes for her Magic Maths group and Imogen has been coaching athletics to her younger sister. 

We recently received our certificate for completing over 2000 hours of voluntary service to the local community, equating to an incredible social value of £8821.80! We’re so proud of the resilience demonstrated by the girls during this unusual time and look forward to seeing where next year’s expedition takes us! 

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