Here is some of the positive publicity that YOPEY Befriender has achieved for the scheme and young people this year...
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'Win, win, win' for young and old alike
By Steve Larner
Photographs by John Flynn and Cat Humphries
The Countess of Verulam, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, visited the Victoria House day centre, Greenbank Road, Watford, and saw how the YOPEY Befriender scheme is transforming the lives of elderly people with dementia, and the student volunteers who befriend them.
Dione Verulam said that as a schoolgirl she visited elderly people in their homes and it taught her a lot about life.
Lady Verulam chatted to 82-year-old
YOPEY Befriender in care home press
YOPEY founder Tony Gearing reworked the feature by YOPEY freelance journalist Steve Larner for the care home trade press. This version appeared in the respected journal Care Home Management...
There have also been stories about YOPEY Befriender in care home industry websites and email newsletters – some of which YOPEY founder Tony Gearing did not know appeared until they appeared.
"It was a bit of a surprise, " said Tony . "But as they say 'there's no such thing as bad press'."
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.