The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award was launched in response to significant flooding in Cornwall. His Royal Highness Prince Charles (The Duke of Cornwall) visited the village of Lostwithiel. He came to see first-hand the devastating aftermath of flooding which left homes and businesses ruined. He questioned why youth organisations were not effectively engaged in the recovery effort. The Community Award was developed to give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency situation, such as severe weather, a pandemic or long-term power cut.

The award is open to young people between the ages of 5 and 18.  Activities can be undertaken either at home or in the meeting place. Units and individual members across Girlguiding Lincolnshire South have taken part in this award since its launch.

Everyone participating in the Award scheme are encouraged to engage with their local community including police, fire, ambulance, environmental agency and local authorities. Young people can move through the award scheme levels  as they get older.

The Home Award. The Community Safety Home Award is aimed at 5–10-year-olds.  There are 9 activities; 2 are compulsory and individuals choose another 4 to gain the Award. Download the Home Community Safety Award worksheet from here.

The Neighbourhood Award. The Community Safety Neighbourhood Award is aimed at 10–14-year-olds.  Each activity has a page consisting of information on safety relating to the activity and a task to perform.  There are 15 activities; 3 are compulsory and individuals must choose another 5 to gain the award. Download the Neighbourhood Award handout from here.

The Community Award. The Community Safety Award is aimed at 14–18-year-olds. There are 5 activities; all 5 are compulsory. Each activity has a page consisting of information on safety relating to the activity and a task to perform. Download the Community Award worksheet from here.

Upon completion of the award, the individual will be able to demonstrate how they can assist within communities, such as checking on neighbours and vulnerable people and delivering information.

There is no requirement to register to take part in the award scheme, all of the materials and resources are available from the Cornwall Council website here.

Badges can be ordered via the Cornwall Council website. They are £1 each plus post and packing.

Recent award presentation at Waddington fire and rescue.