DHEF works with young people aged 11-25 from across the country and in many walks of life. It aims to promote worthwhile interests and skills, a sense of personal responsibility and social awareness.

Sports and outdoor activities foster a team spirit and build health and fitness while sessions on philosophy, ethics and current topics of debate inform and challenge the mind.

Workshops on journalism, hospitality, leadership and fashion help participants reflect on society and the demands of citizenship.

Some activities take place weekly. Others are offered on residential weekends or during summer programmes.