Friends of the Award
Friends of the Award, who run projects and expeditions in Edinburgh and the Lothians, secured a £30,000 loan from SIS to develop an online version of their Junior Award Scheme for Schools.
Established in 1998, Friends of the Award in Edinburgh & the Lothians (FOTA) aims to make the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) and other youth awards accessible to all. To extend the reach of the DofE Award to more disadvantaged young people, FOTA is currently working with NHS Lothian’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and a variety of local youth projects, allowing people out with mainstream schooling to complete their Award.
FOTA’s Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) was initially developed as a structured programme to support young people through the transition from primary to secondary school but has proved so popular that it is now used throughout the primary and early secondary school years. It focuses on developing non-academic capabilities and confidence by challenging participants to develop personal interests, participate in physical activity, contribute to the local community and take part in outdoor activities. Designed to be flexible, adaptable and achievable, JASS can be tailored to meet individual needs or tie in with local interests and is proving particularly popular with Additional Support Needs settings.
When FOTA saw an opportunity to develop an online version of JASS that would allow the programme to be delivered at a lower cost to participants and across a wider geographic area, SIS provided a £30,000 loan to help make eJASS a reality. It is now available and used in schools not just in Scotland and the UK, but around the world.