2018 – year of YOPEY Befriender!
2018 is the first year YOPEY will be focusing exclusively on growing YOPEY Befriender, which we have been trialling since 2013. Young People of the Year awards, which we have held since 2005, will be taking a back seat while we see how much good this charity and the young people we recruit, train and support in care homes can do with YOPEY Befriender.
All the new 2017-18 YOPEY Befrienders who visit care homes weekly are using the new YOPEY Befriender web app. Check it out here...
We also aim to grow the junior YOPEY Befriender scheme where we take younger school pupils into care homes for an introduction befriending, care homes and dementia, in the hope that they will want to return to the care homes to visit more regularly later in their school careers.
Second year of MCA6 students in Mildenhall Befriender scheme
Photographs by Chris Fell
Teenagers from a Mildenhall school have been trained as ‘YOPEY Dementia Befrienders’ to make friends with elderly people living with dementia.
The sixth-formers from Mildenhall College Academy were recruited by the Suffolk charity YOPEY and trained by the charity at the Mabbs Hall care home in the town.
Once they have passed checks by the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service, the young people will go weekly from their MCA6 sixth-form centre in Sheldrick Way
Cambridge year 10s in new YOPEY Befriender scheme
Year 10s from a Cambridge school have been trained to make friends with elderly people living with dementia and are now visiting residents in a local care home.
The 14 to 15 year-olds from Chesterton Community College were recruited by the charity YOPEY and were trained by the charity's founder Tony Gearing.
They are now visiting residents weekly at Langdon House, Union Lane, where about two-thirds of the residents have dementia and some of them rarely get visitors.
The aim is that the schoolchildren will visit
Only scheme in Essex (currently) underway
Photographs by Paul Sanwell
Teenagers from a Chelmsford school have been trained to make friends with elderly people living with dementia and are now visiting a local care home.
The sixth-formers from Chelmer Valley High were recruited by the charity YOPEY and trained at Madelayne Court care home. Both the school and care home are in School Lane, Chelmsford.
Now that they have passed checks by the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service, the young people have started to walk from their school to visit the home’s
Relatives of people with dementia praise YOPEY Befrienders...
A scheme linking young people with care home residents is revolutionizing the way each generation sees the other.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society the UK now has 850,000 people with dementia, with numbers set to rise to over a million within 10 years.
The pioneering YOPEY charity recruits and trains young people to befriend elderly people with dementia and supports them in care homes to befriend lonely residents. Its YOPEY Befriender scheme, which has grown from two care homes and three schools to over 20 care
Fifth Watford school joins YOPEY Befriender
Photographs by John Flynn
A fifth Watford school has joined the ‘YOPEY Befriender’ scheme, where young people are trained to relate to people with dementia and visit lonely residents in care homes.
YOPEY Befriender is run by the national charity YOPEY, which is short for Young People of the Year and was started in Hertfordshire. Its founder Tony...
Mr and Mrs YOPEY make young children Dementia Friends
Nearly 60 10-11 year-olds at a Haverhill school have been trained to be Dementia Friends and will now be visiting residents at a care home in the town.
Tony and Jo Gearing, of the Stradishall-based charity YOPEY, gave an assembly about befriending lonely elderly people with dementia to 200 children at Burton End Primary Academy in School Lane.
Afterwards the couple, both of whom are Dementia Champions with the Alzheimer's Society, trained 58 year 5s plus their teachers and classroom assistants to be Dementia Friends.
More schools and care homes joining – will yours be next?
Thomas Gainsborough School (TGS) in Great Cornard, Suffolk, is the first school in 2018 to complete its YOPEY Befriender training and begin visiting residents at two local care homes.
The care homes are the first in the Caring Homes group to join the YOPEY Befriender scheme. Caring Homes joins Care UK and Runwood Group, who are already working with us.
The 20 volunteers from TGS are joining about 150 other sixth-formers from schools in Poole, Nottingham, Wymondham, Mildenhall, Great Durnmow and Mansfield, who have been visiting...
Council, care home and school praise YOPEY Befrienders
Teenagers from a Mildenhall school have been trained to make friends with elderly people living with dementia and are now visiting a local care home.
The sixth-formers from Mildenhall College Academy were recruited by the Suffolk charity YOPEY and trained at Mildenhall Lodge care home in the town.
Now that they have passed checks by the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service, five of the young people have started to walk from their MCA6 centre in Sheldrick Way to the care home in St John’s Close to visit
Rewards for most dedicated YOPEY Befrienders
YOPEY likes to persuade businesses local to YOPEY Befriender schemes to donate rewards for young people volunteering on our schemes.
So far this year we have blagged driving lessons, free tickets to go bowling and GoApe, restaurant vouchers and gym memberships.
These rewards are in addition to the badges awarded through the yopeybefriender.org web app and certificates for those volunteering at least 30 hours. YOPEY founder Tony Gearing will also write personal references for those volunteering at least 30 hours.
All hours must be submitted...
TGS back for second year with new care homes
Teenagers from a Suffolk secondary school have been trained to make friends with elderly people living with dementia.
The sixth-formers from The Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard were recruited by the Suffolk charity YOPEY and trained at the Mellish House care home in the village.
Once they have passed DBS checks, the aim is that once a week the 20 young people will walk from their school in Wells Hall Road to Mellish House and its sister care home Hillside in Kings Hill and visit the two home’s 90-plus residents, some