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Transfer of the Oxfordshire Operating Licence

posted 30 Mar 2016, 03:27 by Peter Knight   [ updated 30 Mar 2016, 03:30 ]
Tomorrow (31/3/2016) is the last day of operation of the Oxfordshire County Council DofE Licensed Organisation.

It’s very pleasing to see the majority of schools continuing to offer the award to young people in Oxfordshire and embracing new ways of working.

As you may be aware, in addition to schools we have had many other 'Open Award Groups' operating under our licence and I am pleased to say that participants in these groups will now be supported by a new charity called Oxfordshire Open Award (also known as OxDofE), which will be run by volunteers, one of whom is Andy Pope who will be taking on the managing role.

OxDofE will also be registering new participants who are no longer at school or who are not able to access the award through these channels, so please bear this in mind for anyone who is wishing to take part. OxDofE will also continue to provide the following services across Oxfordshire:
  • Administration of the Oxfordshire 'Hardship Fund’ - see the Funding Opportunities page
  • Storage and loan of the County DofE equipment store
  • Coordination of First Aid training
  • Signposting to other DLC’s (schools and The EYOT Centre)
  • Delivery of the Lowland Leader Award (LLA)
To contact OxDofE please email:

OXPED CIC (Oxfordshire Open Expedition Group) will also be continuing as an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) providing Open Expeditions for anyone looking for an expedition opportunity. For more information visit

The Oxfordshire DofE website (this website!) will also continue to offer up to date information to all involved in DofE in the county, so please use this to network and access information:

Finally, I will be remaining with Oxfordshire County Council for the time being, so may see some of you around at some point but in the meantime, thank you for all your hard work and support to the award and working alongside the Oxfordshire team.

Best wishes
Richard Aldridge