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Revitalise Sandpipers guest and volunteer enjoying an excursion to Chester zoo

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Find out how you can complete your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Revitalise, where you can gain life skills, enhance your CV and make a difference, supporting disabled people and carers.

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Complete your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Revitalise

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) provides a balanced programme of activities for participants aged between 14-24, giving young people the opportunity to develop skills for life and career through team working and social interaction.

Revitalise is an Approved Activity Provider for the DofE, welcoming volunteers who are completing the residential placement of their Gold DofE Award. Join us for a 7-night volunteering stay with full room and board provided, free of charge and help support our guests to enjoy an amazing holiday.

Why choose Revitalise for your DofE placement

We pride ourselves on providing fun and relaxing respite breaks for disabled people and carers. 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. You’ll also make new friends, enhance your CV, gain confidence and learn valuable skills.

Our vision is to create a society in which every disabled person and every carer is able to take the break or holiday they want. By volunteering in our centres, you’ll have a direct impact on making that happen.

Our Values

  • We are inclusive. We welcome everyone.
  • We are change-makers. We make things happen for our guests and for disabled people.
  • We are caring. We care about our guests and about each other. We are guest obsessed.
  • We are joyful. Fun, warmth and laughter are at the heart of everything we do.
  • We are hardworking. We strive for excellence and we do not give up.

What does it cost to volunteer with Revitalise?

Nothing! Volunteering with us is free. All your meals, accommodation and any excursions you go on with guests are covered by us. You will just need to cover the costs of your transport to the centre.

If you wish, you can raise funds by sponsorship and donations to help cover these costs. This can make a big difference in keeping our costs down. You can donate here or learn more about fundraising opportunities in our Fundraising Pack.

DofE placement requirements

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Please note — as a requirement of your DofE placement, you should not know anyone else in your residential placement. Volunteering with Revitalise will not count towards your DofE placement if you volunteer with a friend, or as part of a school or college group. If you do attend with a school or college group and enjoy the experience, we’d love for you to return and complete your DofE residential placement with Revitalise.

Man in wheelchair and a young female volunteer laughing together at Revitalise Sandpipers

Volunteering FAQ

If you’re thinking of volunteering with Revitalise, you may have some questions. You might be wondering, when or where you can volunteer. Read the answers to these and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Two young women volunteers at Revitalise Sandpipers

Meet our volunteers

Each year an army of volunteers give up their free time to live and work at our centres. Read their stories and find out more about the Revitalise volunteering experience.

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Every individual is unique, and it’s important to understand whether a residential volunteering placement to assist our disabled guests at Revitalise, aligns with your interests and capabilities. Whether you personally have a disability or not, we strive to accommodate everyone, ensuring all are welcome.

We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and carefully assess each application to determine if our volunteer centres can meet your requirements and what adjustments we can make where needed.  In some cases this might involve inviting you to consider a different role to that which first attracted you.  For example, if you have a physical disability that would make it challenging for you to directly support our guests in a residential placement in our holiday centres, you may want to support our social media work, send thank you letters to donors or support our community fundraising.

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Ready to take the next step and join our army of volunteers? Sign up or get in touch with us today.

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Challenge events

Take part in one of our fundraising events — or create your own — to raise funds for our life-changing respite holidays.

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Community fundraising

With our help, you can get your community involved in a fundraising event to support our disabled guests and their carers.

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Volunteer in our shops

We rely on dedicated volunteers to run our charity shops — raising vital funds for Revitalise — and we’d love for you to join us.

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