Caroline-Louisa Hicks

I completed my Award before turning 19. At a point where I was struggling with school and academic work the award gave a clear and concise explanation of what I needed to do and how I needed to achieve this, it is one of my proudest achievements. It also aided me to gain my Queens Scout Award and eventually become a Duke of Edinburgh Award Supervisor, supporting others to gain their award. It instilled in me a love of the outdoors and I am still a member of the Scouts. The award is a leveller, available and accessible to so many young people in different circumstances. It does not rely on academics, just on willpower and the willingness to give time, it is as accessible to those with additional needs as it is to those without. As a young person with ADHD this Award gave me something to occupy my time, keep me engaged and goals to reach. I am so very grateful for all it has given me.