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Reading Hack and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

23 November 2015

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Did you know that some of the Reading Hack activities and volunteering hacks can count towards the volunteering section of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)?

Summer Reading Challenge volunteering can count their hours towards achieving this section as long as they continue volunteering in the library afterwards. Whether you’re spending the summer volunteering with the Summer Reading Challenge, or participating in a year-round role with your library, those hours you’re putting into helping others read can give you an extra boost too.

The Reading Agency has been licensed as an Approved Activity Provider for the DofE, which means that the hours you spend volunteering in the libraries can help you achieve your Award. You can start your DofE once you’re 14 years old and the programme includes four sections: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. Agree with your library when you start if you can volunteer for the length of time you need, from 3 – 18 months. This means double the achievement for the same amount of time from you.


You will need to talk to a DofE Leader in your local DofE centre if you’re not already signed up to complete your DofE. You can search for your local centre here . Ask a librarian at the start of your volunteering to be your assessor, they can see your progress and write your assessor’s report at the end.

What is DofE?

If this is the first you’ve hear about DofE, check out their website here .

Get involved

Get started by searching for and joining hacks with the DofE volunteering interest assigned to them.