More schools and care homes join YOPEY Befriender
In 2013 – the first year of YOPEY Befriender scheme – two care homes, three schools and about 60 young people in Hertfordshire were involved.
In 2016 – three years later – at least six care homes, six schools, one FE college and over 150 young people are involved.
As well as three Watford schools who have been visiting two care homes and one day centre, YOPEY Befriender schemes are now operating in Nottinghamshire and Suffolk.
In West Bridgford, Nottingham, one school is sending sixth-formers into its local care home. In Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, two schools are among the first to send Year 10s into a local care home while one sixth-form is sending its students into another care home.
YOPEY is headquartered in Suffolk and – following winning a grant from Aviva in Norwich – it has started new YOPEY Befriender schemes linking two homes and two schools in its home county, with more to follow in the neighbouring counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
It is also starting a YOPEY Befriender scheme in Sudbury with a grant from the Suffolk Community Foundation.
Proud parent praises YOPEY Befriender
I have been meaning to write to you for a week or so. Just before half term, my son had a speaking assessment at school. In the past this has not been one of his strong points. However, he gained a top level. After I expressed surprise (as well as pleasure, of course) I asked him where his new-found ability to speak out had come from, he said "from the old people's home".
Being thrown in at the deep end and having to take the initiative in conversations and activities has really done him the world of good.
Home and school into third year
Photographs by Catherine Humphries
These photographs were taken at Lancaster Court care home in Watford. This is the third year Lancaster Court has taken part in YOPEY Befriender, made possible by its parent company, Runwood Homes Group, which owns 67 care homes throughout England.
They feature residents at the home with Orlagh Doyle, Bethany Lombard, Millie Rudman and Nathan Spikes, four sixth-formers from St Michael's Catholic High School in Watford. This is the third year that St Michael's has taken part...
Mobile phone website to record your YOPEY Befriender hours
New for 2016 is a mobile phone website for young people to record their YOPEY Befriender hours.
This website – yopeyfriends.org.uk – was kindly donated by 2015 Essex YOPEY winner Matthew Martino, a young film producer who uses his wealth to help good causes.
2016 certificates have new designs
There are 19 certificates that can be awarded to YOPEY Befrienders in 2016. There are eight to be earned by young people volunteering in Runwood care homes and another eight to be earned by young people volunteering in other care homes.
Click through the certificates on the left to see the Runwood YOPEY Befriender certificates. Click through the gallery immediately below for the other homes' YOPEY Befriender certificates.
Both schemes have the same rewards:
For 10 hours of volunteering in the care home YOPEY Befrienders will receive a Bronze...
Runwood delighted to continue work with students
Runwood Homes, which has more than 65 care homes, is pleased to be involved in the YOPEY Befriender scheme for the third year.
Chief Executive Gordon Sanders said: “We think the YOPEY Befriender scheme is a fantastic initiative. It is bringing a large number of young people into our homes and putting a smile on the faces of our residents.”
Managing Director Logan Logeswaran said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity of welcoming the young students into our care homes and we believe they will...
YOPEY Befrienders interviewed on BBC radio
Fast forward timeline to 34 minutes 56 seconds to hear BBC Radio Three Counties interview YOPEY Befrienders Kaylee, Emily and Ailsa... click here. The interview goes on for nearly 20 minutes, ends around 53 minutes 30 seconds. Broadcaster Nick Coffer mis-pronounces YOPEY but he praises us loads. Well done, girls.
First photographs of 2016
These photographs were taken in a care home in Bury St Edmunds whose participation in YOPEY Befriender was made possible by a grant from Aviva, the insurance giant.
This scheme is the first to involve Year 10 students rather than sixth-formers. The 14 to 15 year-olds came from two secondary schools in the Suffolk town – County Upper and St Benedict's....