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.
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...
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
Royal praise for Befrienders, care home and YOPEY
YOPEY Befrienders from three schools in Poole, Dorset, have been visiting Care UK's The Potteries since November 2017.
YOPEY founder Tony Gearing MBE invited the current High Sheriff of Dorset, John Young, MC, JP, DL, and his wife Henrietta to visit the scheme. They met lots of girls from Parkstone Grammar and were very impressed by the friendships the YOPEY Befrienders were making with residents.
The High Sheriff, who represents the Queen and came in court dress, said: "Thank you for including me and my wife in the presentations...
Befrienders meet 'the Queen'
Not all the Poole Befrienders were able to meet the High Sheriff of Dorset, who represents the Queen. So YOPEY founder Tony Gearing MBE took along a lifesize cardboard cutout of Her Majesty for some of the YOPEY Befrienders from Corfe Hills School to be photographed.
Don't be offended, Your Grace, please.