On 16th May 2016, David Gwilliam, RSM chief operating officer, Martin Rodgers, RSM chairman and 10 staff members from the audit, tax and consulting firm attended a special Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London.
At the event, RSM was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Jayne Torvill, acknowledging RSM’s commitment to running the DofE and its support in giving all young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.
In addition to its longstanding support for the charity, RSM has also started delivering the DofE. Since February 2016, eight young people have embarked on a new DofE journey of volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition and, for Gold, taking part in a week-long residential. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, RSM holds a licence to deliver DofE programmes to those taking part in its school leaver, apprenticeship and graduate schemes.
Speaking about RSM’s involvement with the DofE, David Gwilliam said:
'On top of our decade-long support for the charity, RSM has also started delivering DofE programmes and we are already seeing a real impact on the young people we work with. I am delighted to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special.'
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said:
'Our Diamond Anniversary is a remarkable milestone, an opportunity to reflect on the millions of young people’s lives that have been transformed by doing their DofE since 1956 and to affirm our ambition to involve millions more in the future. We are immensely grateful to all of our supporters that have contributed to this success and for their continued commitment to our cause.
'The DofE fosters important skills for the workplace, such as resilience, drive and self-motivation. Our supporters understand the value of a DofE Award on an applicant’s CV and, going forward, we want more employers to recognise that a DofE Award holder’s experience makes them a great employee, whatever the job, with our DofE Skills for Work campaign www.DofESkills.org. Thanks again to all of our supporters for helping us equip young people with these work-ready skills that can open doors to a successful future.'
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin. Signing up to The DofE Diamond Challenge has an amazing double benefit – whilst challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries, you’re also raising money for the DofE Charity so that it can transform the lives of more young people and offer free places and bursary grants to those most in need.