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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award comes to Torus Foundation

August 20th 2021

We are delighted to announce that, Torus Foundation, our charitable arm, have been awarded a license to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programmes for young people.

Torus’ missions of growing stronger communities is backed by the support Torus Foundation provide to those living across the heartlands of Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington and bringing The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme to Torus Foundation will undoubtedly help young people to bounce back from the affects the pandemic has had on their opportunities, giving them the chance to build confidence, learn new skills and reach their full potential.

Initially, staff based at Torus Foundation’s FireFit Hub in South Liverpool will run the Bronze award programme. Participants will join sessions focused on skills building, volunteering and physical activity, and complete an expedition.

The first enrolments will start in the autumn with young members from FireFit Hub being recruited.

With established partnerships in place with organisations across Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington, plans are in place to encourage more young people across Torus communities to engage with this fantastic opportunity.

Kate Shone, Managing Director at Torus Foundation said,

“This is an incredible accolade for the Foundation and the wider Torus Group, which continues to work on enhancing the quality and quantity of provision available to young people across our key geographies.
“Despite a tough year, an opportunity like this will play a crucial role in supporting our young Torus communities to thrive and I know our staff and young people are up for the challenge.”

Colin Scicluna, Head of Youth at Torus Foundation adds,

“We’re fortunate to be able to work with enthusiastic, talented and inspiring young members at FireFit Hub. We know many will exceed all expectations of the Award.

“Whether it’s members from the Hub or young people across other Torus neighbourhoods, it’s going to be an exciting time for young participants to discover new interests and talents, while helping to build skills that could prepare them for the workplace and life in general.”

As well as the Foundation’s distinct Youth offer, one of five key focus areas of support, the wider team continues to deliver a spectrum of opportunities for young people.

By building employment skills and recruiting to training placements, each step is enabling them to become more job ready. This demonstrates not only the Foundation’s, but the wider Torus Group’s commitment to the future of our young communities.

Helen Foster, Regional Director for the North at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, adds,

“In a rapidly changing world, supporting young people to develop their skills, adaptability and resilience is more important than ever. We are delighted to see Torus Foundation supporting their young people’s personal development through the DofE. We look forward to following their progress as they work towards achieving their DofE Awards.”

Once opportunities to be a part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are available, details will be made available on both www.firefithub.org.uk and www.torusfoundation.org.uk. In the meantime, if you have any queries please email dofe@torusfoundation.org.uk.