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Faith completes her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Residential

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) has long been recognised as a prestigious honour for young individuals, challenging them to push their limits and broaden their horizons.

One of the key components of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is the residential section, which involves spending five days and four nights away from home on a shared activity with people you've never met before. This article delves into Faith's remarkable journey during her Gold DofE residential, highlighting the transformative experience she had at Jubilee Lodge, a residential respite centre for people with disabilities.

Faith's Story: A Journey of Compassion and Understanding

Faith's journey took an unexpected turn when she embarked on her residential experience at Jubilee Lodge. Unlike many other participants who choose adventure-filled or educational programs, Faith decided to make a difference by dedicating her time to a unique cause. Jubilee Lodge, nestled in the heart of London, serves as a respite centre for individuals with disabilities, offering them a safe and nurturing environment.

For two weeks, Faith worked tirelessly alongside a diverse group of people with a wide range of disabilities. From cerebral palsy to severe mental health conditions, she was exposed to an array of challenges that few people her age have the opportunity to encounter. The experience proved to be eye-opening, life-changing, and deeply enriching.

Faith said, "During my time at Jubilee Lodge, I participated in a multitude of activities aimed at enriching the lives of the residents. These activities included exciting trips around London, engaging in-house projects such as paper mache, and friendly competitions like bowling. The best bit was that I wasn't just a spectator; I actively contributed to making these experiences enjoyable and accessible for everyone.

"Perhaps the most profound aspect of my residential experience was the chance to connect with the residents on a personal level. I spent countless hours socialising, getting to know their unique personalities, and listening to their life stories. In doing so, I feel I formed bonds that transcended disabilities and discovered that beneath the surface, everyone has a story worth sharing and a life worth celebrating.

"One of the most significant challenges Faith encountered was learning to communicate effectively with individuals who couldn't rely on traditional speech and hearing. I discovered that understanding and connecting with people with disabilities often required alternative forms of communication, such as sign language, gestures, and patience. These new skills not only enabled me to bridge communication gaps but also enriched my overall experience.

"My personal growth during my Gold DofE residential extends far beyond the DofE certificate I will eventually receive. My time at Jubilee Lodge has really helped me to become more compassionate and empathetic and I have learnt to appreciate the diversity of human experiences."

Faith's story is a shining example of the profound impact that the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award's residential section can have on a young person's life. Her decision to spend her time at Jubilee Lodge not only enriched the lives of the residents but also profoundly changed her own perspective on life. It serves as a testament to the power of empathy, compassion, and the willingness to step out of one's comfort zone in pursuit of personal growth and positive change in the world.

Well done Faith, we are incredibly proud of you.