YOPEY Befriender '16

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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.

First positive publicity of 2016

This four-page feature appeared in Optima, an upmarket magazine distributed free to 42,000 homes in south-west Hertfordshire, including Watford, and north-west former Middlesex, including Harrow.

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Aviva grant enables YOPEY Befriender to expand

The small YOPEY charity won the biggest prize of £25,000 in a national funding competition and is now looking for partners to help expand its befriending scheme between schools and care homes to Norfolk and Suffolk.

YOPEY Befriending came top out of over 3,000 good causes nationwide in the Aviva Community Fund challenge to get enough votes to be put into the final and then be judged by a panel of the insurer’s staff.

“It was a bit like ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and I was the performer,” said

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