Being stuck inside has made us dependent on technology and struggling to find things to do. However, in some situations, opportunities have come up that would otherwise not have been available outside COVID times.

The DofE scheme (Duke of Edinburgh) has given thousands of teens across the country things to do, allowing them to learn new skills, become fitter and possibly gaining work experience through voluntary work. The program, founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, currently has over 438,000 14-24 year olds doing their DofE in the UK. During COVID, and the complications that the lockdowns have brought, the DofE adapted its program to allow people to gain a certificate without completing the expedition element.  This element normally limits the number of candidates that can participate each year and so in these times more people are able to join. Ironically, in this case Covid has resulted in many more people being able to complete the scheme.

In order to complete our sections, my friends and I have started our physical training by going on bike rides, using exercise apps and going on long walks with family. My sister has improved her makeup skills, I have improved my skills in photography.  Over the past year, I have taken lots of photographs at various times in the day and at various locations; which I would not have been able to do if it wasn’t for the lockdowns. These pictures are able to be used as evidence for my ‘Skills’ section. Photography, like many other forms of art, can express emotions when done really well. Through these images, you can see the changing of seasons, which may or may not make you feel a certain way.