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Introduction to Volunteering/Working Residential's...

DofE Opportunities

Phasels Wood Activity Centre offers an Introduction to volunteering/working in outdoor learning residential course.


For only £80 for the 5 days and 4 nights, participants gain a comprehensive introduction to the outdoor learning industry. This includes a wide range of activities, how an outdoor centre is run, qualifications available and how to work with a team and customers.



Learning Outcomes

Participants work as individuals, pairs or as a team with centre instructors/staff members throughout the week. There is an element 

of flexibility in the programme due to the nature and demands of the centre.

Jobs and duties will vary across the week but outcomes may include:




Basic understanding of individual activities

Able to support instructors in running sessions and communicate with participants and help enhance their experience

An opportunity to undertake activities that interest the participants themselves 



Understanding the standards expected by centre customers

Have a basic knowledge of the role of facilities staff

Have undertaken specific tasks in line with individual competency




Basic understanding of estates and woodland management requirements

Use of manual tools within individual competence



Knowledge of ‘Front Office’ functions involved in running the centre

Basic customer contact

Understanding of standards required in customer support




Understanding the importance of working as a team

Knowledge of standards of personal presentation when working with customers

Respect for shared facilities



An understanding of the qualifications available in the outdoor industry and the routes to their achievement




Understanding basic cash handling and stock maintenance

Knowledge of price lists and programmes


Please be aware that due to the nature and demands of the centre there is some flexibility in the programme and changes to sessions may occur.


Dedicated shared male or female accommodation will be provided in one of our lodges. Each room sleeps a maximum of 6 people and is furnished with fitted bunk beds with mattresses, and is heated. The area has washroom facilities, kitchen/ dining area.


Arrival and Departure times

Participants should arrive for 09:00 on the first day. Departure should be arranged for after 16:00 on the final day. Participants with long journeys may wish to arrange to arrive the night before and depart a day later. Early departure will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement.



Food is included in the cost. Time to prepare and clean up meals is built into the programme.



The 5 day residential is £80.00 and includes food. This is payable in full when a booking is made via our online booking portal.

Special rates apply for members of the Scout Association.


Personal Equipment

Bedding is not supplied, participants need to bring sleeping bags, pillows etc. Final joining details and a kit list will be sent 2 weeks ahead of your arrival.


Attending with Friends

DofE guidelines state that participants should ideally join a residential as an individual. A few participants may know each other when they are joining a larger group, where possible these participants should be separated. As we only have a maximum of 8 people on a course we do not feel this classifies as a large enough group to cater for friends hoping to do a residential together.



We are pleased to be able to provide dates for our 2024 residential weeks.

Monday 1 - Friday 5 July 2024

Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2024

Monday 22 - Friday 26 July 2024

Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August 2024

Monday 19 - Friday 23 August 2024 

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