YOPEY Befriender '14-15

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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JFK Hemel Erik Kerr who went on to win a YOPEY award

What did you think of the training?
I thought that the training was both very informative and enjoyable to experience that will be able to help me in the future.
What did you get out of it?
I learnt more about Dementia and all of the different types and how to talk, and deal with people with dementia so that I can if possible to make their lives better from just talking to them to making a book/movie on their life history.
And what do you hope to achieve from taking part in this scheme?
I hope to be able to help enrich the life of at least one person with Dementia and maybe be able to make a life history for that person to give to their families so that they can have somethings to talk about when they visit.

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St Michael's Katie Barton

What did you think of the training?
I found the training really good, interesting and enjoyable.

What did you get out of it?
I now have a greater understanding of dementia.

And what do you hope to achieve from taking part in this scheme?
I hope to gain new qualities and use these qualities in the future, such as at university, and in the workplace.

What motivated you to join this scheme?
My

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St Michael's Ethan O'Gorman

The training was very well carried out and allowed me to learn a lot about dementia.

What I got out of it was good understanding of what I would be dealing with at Lancaster Court and the affects of dementia on people.

From taking part in the YOPEY Befriender scheme I hope to gain experience with people suffering from the disease and learn how to help these people deal with it.

Having an interest in psychology, I wanted to see how a terrible disease such as dementia has an

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St Michael's Shannan Byrne

What did you think of the training?
I found the training useful and reassuring.

What did you get out of it?
I got the confidence and reassurance which helped me to connect with the residents and feel more comfortable.

And what do you hope to achieve from taking part in this scheme?
I hope to gain a new set of skills by working with different people and helping make their in the care home more enjoyable.

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* Star feedback! *

St Michael's Ciara O'Reilly

I thought the training we received was excellent. All of our questions and worries were addressed, including those that we felt embarrassed asking. We were given great information about how to interact with different residents of different abilities, what their responses may be to certain situations, the history of dementia and how to engage with people living with the disease.

I was able to gain a huge understanding of dementia and

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Rushcliffe's Simran Kaur

I thought the training was very beneficial in the sense that i learnt a lot and will change the way I react and respond to everyday situations.

I now know more about dementia, and feel that I am better equip to engage with residents with dementia. I especially enjoyed the bingo activity – I found it engaging and informative.

From the scheme I hope to have made a positive difference to a residents life, perhaps somebody who doesn't have

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Rushcliffe's Mollie Dawson

What did you think of the training?
I learnt a lot about the causes and effects of dementia, leading me to be more empathetic and understanding. It eased any fears that I had about becoming a YOPEY Befriender.

What did you get out of it?
Well, firstly some very nice biscuits! But mostly I gained knowledge about how to deal with any problems I could encounter by joining the scheme. This put me at ease.

What do you hope to achieve

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Rushcliffe's Amy Lee

What did you think of the training?
I found the training helpful as we were reassured that, just like us, our new friend's emotions will be different every time we see them. But if we ever worry we should just tell a carer.

What did you get out of it?
The training helped me to realise that if my elderly friend is upset or in a bad mood and does not want to answer some of my questions, it's not personal.

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Rushcliffe's Yousif Ali

What did you think of the training?
The training was informative and enjoyable.

What did you get out of it?
I learnt more about dementia and how a person with dementia thinks and what they face, which will help me better understand people who have it.

What do you hope to achieve by being a YOPEY Befriender?
I hope to gain valuable experience

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Rushcliffe's Hannah Colley

"The training was good. I definitely learnt what dementia was more about - turns out my prior knowledge of it only skimmed the surface. I am now more aware of how to engage with someone with dementia and I can understand that even though they may not remember me I will be helping them feel happier - which makes it all worthwhile.

I hope the trust will grow between me and the person. What I hope to achieve out of being a YOPEY Befriender is mostly doing something for the community and making friends

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Rushcliffe's Kathryn Fry

"I really enjoyed the training. It was very useful and informative in understanding what it means for someone to have dementia. The session was not patronising either to the volunteers or when talking about the people who live with dementia which I thought was very important (to remember that they are still people NOT just dementia sufferers).

I feel that I got a lot of understanding of the condition and how to successfully interact with someone with the disease. I also learnt more about the different

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