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Social Impact Report - 2020/2021

Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, Ki te kapuia e kore e whati 

Alone we can be broken. Standing together, we are invincible

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (The Award) gives young people access to high-quality, non-formal education and learning experiences that weave Social Cohesion through Aotearoa’s communities; connecting society, in meaningful ways, at a time when we need it most.

The Award community are at the forefront of providing a response to the pressures and ongoing consequences of the pandemic. Throughout the various challenges of COVID-19, our Rangatahi continued to be actively engaged with the Award here in Aotearoa. Digitalisation of award units and the implementation of COVID-19 Award Adaptations have enabled participants to continue their journey despite the circumstances. Together, the Award community have shown a high degree of integrity, innovation, enthusiasm, and Kiwi grit throughout the unpredictability of recent times.

In 2020/2021, the Award conducted extensive research into the Social Value (the changes and impacts created by those involved with the Award) generated by all of the members of the Award community.

Our community are the young people who take part, the adults who volunteer to support them and the wider community who benefit from the Award-related activities (e.g. Activity Providers and the wider economy and society).

The results of our Social Value research reveal that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award generated a total of $19.5 million in Social Value during the 2020/2021 period.

The report highlights the Award community continue to be engaged in:

Increased Service to charitable causes = $8,383,000 

Improved mental health and wellbeing = $7,659,000 

Increased employability and pathways to employment = $2,230,000 

Increased Physical Health and Fitness = $1,260, 000 

Increased social cohesion = $2,182,000

How do we do this? 

During and beyond lockdown, the Award attracted many new partners, Award Leaders and Award Activity Providers (AAPs). We trained 171 new Award Leaders and welcomed new AAPs such as Habitat for Humanity, Age Concern, Piha Surf Academy, TravelEd, Kāpiti Equestrian and Vaulting Centre and the NZ Sailing Trust to enrich the Award experience available. Along with these new relationships, growth within our long standing partnerships with youth agencies and AAPs has  flourished in 2020/2021. 

The results of this report show that by mahi tahi ana with our partners, participants, Award Leaders and wider Award community, the Award has the ability to nurture communities and continue to support rangitahi to achieve their goals - despite the challenges of COVID-19. Achieving these goals gives participants the tools to improve their mental and physical health, serve charities, increase their employability and be part of a solution that develops social cohesion in society. 

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your basket and my basket the people will live



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