Befriender '17

YOPEY Befriender

Young people supporting the elderly in care homes

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YOPEY Befriender enters its 4th year

YOPEY Befriender grew greatly in the autumn of 2016. We started new schemes in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk – see stories below – as well as recruiting new YOPEY Befrienders for our established schemes in Watford, Nottingham and Bury St Edmunds.

We also trialled a new style of YOPEY Befriender scheme for younger pupils with Year 10s from Watford Girls Grammar going into a care home for a half-day introduction to YOPEY Befriender in the hope that they will want to return regularly when they are sixth-formers.

YOPEY founder Tony Gearing was so inspiring at the girls' assembly that over 90 out of 150 girls asked to take part in this scheme and YOPEY is organising five half-day visits to Runwood care home Greenbanks to accommodate so many volunteers.

We also did the same trial with 20 Year 10s from All Saints Catholic Academy in Mansfield, Notts, going into local Runwood care home Maun View. They enjoyed the visit so much that they have volunteered to go back and help with the care home's next party for the elderly residents.

Future generation of YOPEY Befrienders from Watford Girls' Grammar

The first 19 of 90 year 10 pupils from Watford Grammar School for Girls take the new introductory afternoon to YOPEY Befriender.

They are pictured between their deputy head teacher Sylvia Tai, left, and head of year 10 Lesley Jenkins, right.

Their names, in no particular order, are Lauren Billett, Isabel Crowne, Dinusia Jeevaratnam, Aleena Jose, Nadia Alim, Hibbah Razzaq, Rajvi Jani, Abigail Goodman, Meghana Vylur, Veda Maramreddy, Krisha Patel, Mollie Dyer, Naimah Khokhar, Eesha Sumit, Methra Karunagaran, Simran

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Fourth generation of YOPEY Befrienders from St Michael's Catholic High

Teacher Mobashar Nazir is in the middle of the front row amid Luca Cavallari, Byron Kealy, Conn Woolnough, Giovanni Kavanagh, Orla Culliton, Lauren Furlong, Penelope Sabor, Angelika Enriquez, Lois Cheung and Caitlin O'Reilly.

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Conversations for advice on how to make conversation with a person with dementia return to our Home page and click on Befriender in top menu

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Life Story for advice on how to make a Life Story for your friend return to our Home page and click on Befriender in top menu

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Teenage YOPEY Befrienders give speeches at national show

Three Nottinghamshire 17-year-olds, who have been volunteering as friends to elderly people with dementia, gave speeches to care professionals at a national show.

The three sixth-formers from Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford spoke at the Care & Dementia Show at the NEC in Birmingham in October 2016.

They were representing hundreds of young people from across England who volunteer in care homes nationwide as ‘YOPEY Befrienders’. YOPEY is short for Young People of the Year and YOPEY Befrienders are teenagers

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Veteran befrienders meet elder statesman MP

A group of Nottingham teenagers have met a former Government minister to explain how they are helping a small charity tackle the UK’s biggest killer – dementia.

People living longer means Alzheimer and other forms of the condition overtook heart disease as the most common cause of death last year, it has been reported to the Government.

Heart disease was responsible for 11.5 per cent of 529,655 deaths in 2015, or 60,818 people. But for the first time this was overtaken by 61,686 people dying with dementia.

“The

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Tea with Mayor and rewards for best Befrienders

The Mayor of St Edmundsbury recognised young people who visited elderly people with dementia with a VIP visit to West Suffolk House.

Cllr Julia Wakelam invited Tony Gearing, the founder of Stradishall-based charity YOPEY, which stands for Young People of the Year, to bring young people currently volunteering on the YOPEY Befriender scheme in Bury St Edmunds to her parlour at the council HQ in Western Way.

YOPEY Befrienders are young people who are trained to relate to elderly people living with dementia and supported in care homes to

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First YOPEY Befriender schemes launches in Cambridgeshire

A small charity is teaming up with Cambridge sixth-formers to help tackle the UK’s biggest killer – dementia.

People living longer means Alzheimer and other forms of the condition overtook heart disease as the most common cause of death last year, it has been reported to Government ministers.

Heart disease was responsible for 11.5 per cent of 529,655 deaths in 2015, or 60,818 people. But for the first time this was overtaken by 61,686 people dying with dementia.

“The numbers dying of dementia can

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First YOPEY Befriender schemes launches in Norfolk

A small charity is teaming up with Wymondham sixth-formers to help tackle the UK’s biggest killer – dementia.

People living longer means Alzheimer and other forms of the condition overtook heart disease as the most common cause of death last year, it has been reported to Government ministers.

Heart disease was responsible for 11.5 per cent of 529,655 deaths in 2015, or 60,818 people. But for the first time this was overtaken by 61,686 people dying with dementia.

“The numbers dying of dementia can

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