If you’re going for your Gold DofE Award, you need to complete an additional Residential section. You can choose from a range of residential activities – from helping at a National Trust site in the UK to working with children in India.
You’ll spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. A DofE residential will boost your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your life and other people’s.
For information and guidance on what can count towards your Residential section, see the DofE website.
The Youth Hostel Association for England and Wales (YHA)
The Youth Hostel Association for England and Wales (YHA) is an approved Activity Provider for DofE Gold Residentials, volunteering for a week at one of their Residentials is a great way to complete your DofE Gold residential.
They offer a number of Residentials throughout the year at a variety of their hostels throughout England and Wales and they are looking for volunteers to help throughout the week with tasks like painting and decorating or gardening and grounds work which will also help you improve your own skills in new areas as well.
Their website lists the different opportunities they have throughout the year, with a range of locations and dates available.
Find out about the YHA's volunteering opportunities here
And you can read more about the YHA at
The National Trust
For your Residential, why not consider a working holiday with The National Trust?
* Gain new skills and enjoy unique experiences.
* Work alongside, and learn from, the experts.
* Make new friends and lifelong friendships.
* Have the opportunity to work in some amazing places.
* See life behind the scenes of the National Trust.
* Have the satisfaction of helping a great cause
Have a look at the National Trust Working Holidays Brochure here.
Revitalise is an Approved Activity Provider for the DofE, welcoming volunteers who are completing the residential placement of their Gold DofE Award.
They provide a holiday environment that is very different to traditional respite breaks. You will play a vital role in this, by supporting our guests and ensuring that they have a great holiday. As a residential volunteer there will be plenty of socialising too, as you will be providing companionship and practical help on excursions and activities.
While your DofE residential placement only needs to be for 4 nights; the minimum stay for residential volunteers with Revitalise is 7 nights, starting on Saturdays.
Revitalise placements are FREE - they reimburse up to £50 in travel expenses and your meals and accommodation are provided.
For more information about Revitalise, click here.
All residentials run by Adventure Expeditions are designed to bring individuals together to have a great time - their aim is for you to leave with new friends, great memories and new skills. Each residential has a slightly different aim and focus.
They understand that joining as an individual may be daunting but you are guaranteed a warm welcome by our team. Previous residential groups have made friends for life and met independently afterwards.
Residentials are open to any young person aged 16 to 25. If you are undertaking the Gold DofE Award, your residential will fulfil all the criteria for the Gold Residential section. However, you do not have to be completing your DofE Award to join us.
For more information visit Adventure Expeditions' webpage.
Don’t forget to log your Employability skills on the Skills Log from taking part in this opportunity!Communication – in your residential you will be taking part in a shared activity with people you don’t know, meaning you are using your communication skills to adapt to new people and how they work.
Problem Solving – your shared activity on your residential may involve thinking on your feet to solve problems.