Prince William Award

Prince William Award

Heroes in Schools Transforming Lives

This is a programme delivered by predominately veterans to children aged 6-14 years. It is administered by SkillForce (based in Edwinstowe) and is open to all children regardless of background or ability.

The programme explores 5 key themes

  • Personal development
  • Relationships
  • Working together
  • Community
  • Environment

Underpinning principles include courage, compassion, caring, confidence, resilience and commitment and fit well with Rotary ideals and ethos.

The programme is flexible, having 3 age related programmes which are generally delivered in schools for 2hours per week over 36 weeks. There is also a Voyager programme over 24 weeks aimed at children ‘transitioning’ from primary to secondary school.

In addition, there is the SkillForce Prince’s award delivered over 12 weeks (again based on 2 hours per week). Delivery is discussed with the school/group and targeted to specific needs. All participants receive a certificate on completion.

Costs vary depending on the programme and are from £2.5k up to £6.5k. This is the 50% of the cost that the schools/group has to pay. As the other 50% has been fundraised by SkillForce – they are a registered charity. Advice is available on sources of funding that can be bid for to help support the school/group element.

Several Schools in our District area are already involved and interested parties can go and visit to see the SkillForce Instructors in action.

Robust evaluation has shown an improvement in educational outcomes, increased overall attendance and improved socio-emotional development which is proving to be an incentive to schools to participate.

I think this programme would make a good ‘offer’ either for Rotakids and Interact clubs as well as for other clubs to engage with schools. An offer by Rotary clubs to help with the funding could be a valuable way to interact with schools. It could also be run with non-school based groups out of school time.

SkillForce are keen to develop a relationship with Rotary District 1220 to pilot this award in a few areas. More details are available on the website.

We would then like to identify interested clubs to develop 2 or 3 pilot sites who can follow up with a more detailed meeting with SkillForce and visit exiting sites.

Lis Rodgers
Rotary District 1220 Youth Services Coordinator
January 2019