A campaign to persuade young people to go for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is being centred in Slough.

The award was founded in 1956 and is run from DofE headquarters in Madeira Walk, Windsor.

It is the world's largest youth achievement award which saw a record 287.000 young people starting it last year.

Earning the award is perfect for students applying to jobs/universities and can make their application really stand out. Students might already be doing activities that can count towards their Gold, such as gym work or playing an instrument before they start. For the busy student, the volunteering section can be achieved remotely by doing online work.

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is now working with Slough Aspire, an innovative community interest company based in Edinburgh Avenue dedicated to enabling young people in the town to find good jobs.

On Thursday, June 20 a DofE gold award team team will be at Slough Aspire hosting a walk in information centre - refreshments will be provided.

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award scheme requires young people to volunteer to in the community, undertake a physical activity involving sport, dance or fitness, develop practical and social skills and take part in an adventurous journey here or abroad.

To find out more visit  dofedirect@dofe.org