Befriender '18

YOPEY Befriender

Young people supporting the elderly in care homes

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Grammar boys introduce themselves to people with dementia

Photographs by John Flynn

More photos from the first visit by YOPEY Befrienders from Watford Grammar School for Boys to Lancaster Court care home.

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26 certificates earned by Rushcliffe YOPEY Befrienders

Photographs by Malcolm and Anne Sales of Buttercross Photography

The YOPEY Dementia Befriender at Leawood Manor is one of the longest-established intergenerational befriending schemes in the country. Every year since 2014 a new group of about 30 sixth-formers from the nearby Rushcliffe School are trained to befriend elderly people with dementia. They can, of course, also befriend Runwood residents without dementia. They go into the care home for an hour a week for a year before

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Wymondham YOPEY Befrienders celebrate at Windmill House

Photographs by John Bulpitt

Once a year we like to hold a celebratory party for each YOPEY Befriender scheme.

The photographs in this gallery and the three galleries immediately below are from the celebration of the second year of YOPEY Befrienders from Wymondham High Academy at Windmill House care home in Wymondham.

As well as eight young people, several residents and care home staff, the event was also attended by Melinda Raker DL, representing the Lieutenancy of Norfolk, BBC Radio Norfolk and YOPEY founder Tony Gearing

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BBC Radio Norfolk interviews people at the celebration

BBC Radio Norfolk reporter Tim Addicott spent about 90 minutes at the celebration interviewing many of the people there. His 5-minute piece was broadcast the next day.

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'The Queen' progresses through Windmill House

 

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'Queen for the day' Melinda gives out certificates

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Laughter, smiles and tea at Leawood Manor

Photographs by Andrew Wainwright

It is the fourth year of the Rushcliffe School's YOPEY Befriender 'relationship' with Leawood Manor care home. Twenty-nine Year 12s (lower sixth, in old money) have been visiting the Runwood Group care home since the end of 2017. They have made about 400 visits and given hundreds of hours to the elderly residents.

YOPEY founder Tony Gearing MBE asked local photographer Andrew Wainwright to record some of the blossoming friendships. Andrew, a former Chairman of Rushcliffe Photographic Society,

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'Papping the paparazzi' at Mellish House

Photographs by Chris Fell

Strictly speaking the paparazzi are photographers who 'pap' celebrities to take photographs they can sell on to newspapers.

The Suffolk Free Press in Sudbury, Suffolk, is not the kind of paper that would buy paparazzi photographs. But when its feature writer asked to interview a few YOPEY Befrienders and said she would bring along a photographer to take their photographs with residents of Mellish House in Great Cornard, YOPEY founder Tony Gearing called in photographer Chris Fell to 'pap the

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Watford Girls' Grammar into second year of visits

Photographs by John Flynn

A second year 10 from Watford Grammar School for Girls has continued to visit Runwood Group's Greenbanks home in the town.

The 14-15 year-olds arrive by minibus in groups of 10-20 and stay for two hours – one hour to learn about dementia and the role of care homes in the community and one hour of mingling with residents.

Runwood trainer Sarah Pettit says the residents love meeting each new set of girls.

It is hoped that when the girls enter the sixth-form some of them will want to visit

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Another visit by WGG to Greenbanks

Photographs by John Flynn

A second year 10 from Watford Grammar School for Girls has continued to visit Runwood Group's Greenbanks home in the town.

The 14-15 year-olds arrive by minibus in groups of 10-20 and stay for two hours – one hour to learn about dementia and the role of care homes in the community and one hour of mingling with residents.

Runwood trainer Sarah Pettit says the residents love meeting each new set of girls.

It is hoped that when the girls enter the sixth-form some of them will want to visit the care home

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