About Us

We are a specialist ‘Gold Level Open Award Centre’ which allows its members the opportunity to undertake their Gold Level Award without the restraints of a traditionally run group. Operating in a ‘virtual environment’ allows members to manage their Award, access support and guidance via the Internet, email, telephone and text message with no requirement for regular meetings. This also means members have to take full ownership and responsibility for the creation and completion of their Award.

Canterbury Gold is a Voluntary Organisation affiliated to and supported by Kent Youth Service, they are our operating authority and we conform to their outdoor education policies and procedures. In addition we are also affiliated to Kent Youth who provide additional support and undertake CRB checks on our behalf. Kent Youth Service and the South East Regional Office of the Duke of Edinburgh Award approve our Qualifying Expeditions.

We pride ourselves in providing members with adventurous and challenging opportunities; these include Expeditions and Residential Projects in Southern Africa and the Cevennes Region of the Massif Central in Southern France. Please visit the Fancy an Adventure section of our website for more information about our activities.

We have an excellent track record in the provision of the Gold Award, we do not make a profit and all our staff work on a voluntary basis.

Our philosophy

The Gold Award is a statement of personal achievement, it is your ‘property’ not ours; it is yours to create and develop the way you want. We are here to facilitate and guide not to tell and direct. We will work really hard to help you achieve but we WON’T do your Award for you. It is true that undertaking the Award with us may be seem more demanding than working within a traditional group, but we remain convinced that our members gain more from the Award by this method.

Support and Communications

Most communications are sent electronically or can be downloaded from our website. Group members are encouraged to communicate and support each other through social network sites such as Facebook or the forum on our website. Communication between members and unit staff is by telephone, text message, email and other electronic methods. Face to face meetings take place if and when you feel the need to discuss your progress with unit staff. It is therefore essential that you have access to your own personal email address, please do not use your parent’s address as this takes the responsibility for your Award away from you and places it on them.

Our Staff

Unit Leader: Tony Skates

Assistant Unit Leader: Liz Gardner

We also have a bank of instructors/assistant instructors/supervisors/volunteers with a wide range of experience from those who are undertaking the Gold Leadership as part of their Award to some very experienced and enthusiastic hill walkers/mountaineers.

All our UK staff are subject to CRB checks through Kent Youth and most have a current first aid certificate.