YAC member Sam Ashford from our Museum of Cannock Chase YAC successfully completed his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award last year. He has recently been presented with his certificate, and he took it to a YAC meeting to share with the other members.
Diane Sanders, co-leader of the Museum of Cannock Chase YAC, told YAC HQ more...
"We're so proud of Sam!"
Sam asked if he could use his YAC sessions as part of the components for his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Penny, one of the other leaders, agreed to sign off his book when he had completed the tasks she set him. He completed the award at the latter part of last year and has now been presented with his certificate and badge. He brought it along to show off to his fellow members; perhaps some of them might be inspired to do a Duke of Edinburgh Award too!
Our club is proud of Sam's achievements and thrilled to have been part of him gaining such a prestigious award. Sam has now started work on his silver award and again his attendance and work completed at Museum of Cannock Chase YAC will be part of it.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards were set up in 1956 by Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. They are open to anyone aged 14 to 24 and aim to help young people to push their personal boundaries, gain new skills and self confidence, and provide excellent evidence for job and university applications. There are three levels of Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
There are four sections that young people need to complete in order to acheive an Award:
• Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
• Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
• Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
• Expedition: planning and undertaking an adventurous journey.
Sam used his attendance at YAC to complete his skills section.
If you are a YAC member or volunteer aged between 14 and 24, you could follow in Sam's footsteps and use YAC to help you achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award!
YAC HQ says: "Good luck with your silver award, Sam! We look forward to hearing all about it. And we'd love to hear from other YAC members who complete their Duke of Edinburgh Awards too!"
A new project at the Museum of Cannock Chase YAC
In Feburary 2018, our group began a new project exploring the changes in the landscape and the beginning of towns in the nineteenth century in Cannock Chase, and why this occurred. We will be using Hednesford where the group meet to examine these changes.
Through examining photographs and maps, the YAC members will be investigating population growth and other changes. The members will also be taking their own photographs in the same positions as the previous pictures. These will then be part of an exhibition at the Museum of Cannock Chase in 2019.
To begin the project we were honoured to have Paul Davies, an ex miner in the area, to give a talk and presentation about his time and past relations working in the coal mines. This history is something very close to the Museum of Cannock Chase as the site was once the site of The Valley Colliery 1874 - 1962, and of course the mining industry was a prominent part of people's lives within the surrounding community.
YAC HQ says: "We can't wait to see the exhibition next year. Good luck with your research!"