Camberwell sixth formers celebrated as Duke of Edinburgh new leaders

Five students from The Sacred Heart School in Camberwell gathered with friends and family for a celebration evening last week, to mark the completion of their journey to become Duke of Edinburgh New Leaders.

Following months of hard work - volunteering, perfecting a sport and completing work placements, all while studying towards A Levels; Tyrone Salami Omolode Ojo, Samuel Imie, Abena Obeng, and Ellen Hagos, completed the programme to qualify as Duke of Edinburgh New Leaders.

The Duke of Edinburgh New Leaders programme has been specially devised to help young people across London to gain experience and develop the life skills which will enable them to become volunteers and leaders in their communities.

The five young people, who were sponsored on the programme by Delancey, have each gained a Youth Work Qualification and had the experience of a lifetime when they travelled to Gambia, West Africa for three weeks and volunteered at a local school.

As part of the programme, Samuel completed a work placement at Deloitte, where he has gone on to land a permanent job, while Abena believes that taking part has helped her “feel more cultured and able to be proactive in [her] community and beyond”. Abena is deferring a place at university to take a gap year and work for charity ‘Ooomph’ which aims to encourage elderly people to take up sport.

Abena Obeng said: “I see the world through different eyes now. My actions and the decisions I make will be governed by a different mind-set. I feel more cultured and able to be proactive in my community and beyond. I aspire to be a paramedic in the future and this journey with the New Leaders programme has confirmed that. This programme has made me learn a lot about myself for which I will always be indebted to.”

Richard Chambers for Delancey commented: “Delancey is proud to support the Duke of Edinburgh in Southwark and would like to congratulate the group for their outstanding achievements. Delancey is invested in the Borough and committed to supporting the community through relevant initiatives such as the New Leaders programme.

“The Duke of Edinburgh New Leaders programme is a fantastic scheme giving young people a sense of adventure, as well as providing them with the skills and abilities that many employers, as well as colleges and universities, are looking for.”