YOPEY Befriender '16

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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JFK Hemel Hempstead 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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County Upper Bury St Edmunds Eddie Wilkinson

Why did you become a YOPEY Befriender?
I thought it would be a great experience for me, incredibly interesting. We owe so much to the older generation it seemed like a good thing to do.

What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
I hope to get some memorable experiences out of the scheme and I want to make some people happy.

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St Michael's Watford Rosie O'Sullivan

Why do you want to become a YOPEY befriender?
I wanted to become a YOPEY Befriender so that I can meet and get to know people I would not usually talk to. I was never lucky enough to meet any of my grandparents, therefore I feel it will be a great experience for me to get to know the residents at Lancaster Court.
 
What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
I hope

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St Michael's Watford Bethany Lombard

Why do you want to become a YOPEY befriender?
Not only is it beneficial to my CV and UCAS application but I know it will be a great experience for me.
 
What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
I hope to learn new things, make new friends, make people's day and hopefully realise what career I want in the future.

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St Michael's Watford Orlagh Doyle

Why do you want to become a YOPEY befriender?
After hearing the statistics on dementia in a school assembly from YOPEY founder Tony Gearing, I realised I will need these skills one day especially as my aunty has already started to suffer.
 
What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
I am interested in a career in the medical field and think the skills I will learn from YOPEY Befriender

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Bury St Edmunds schools latest to join

Quotes invites from County Upper and St Benedict's...

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County Upper Bury St Edmunds William Ashwell

Why do you want to become a YOPEY Befriender?
I'd like to gain experience in this field in case dementia happesn with any of my family members in the future. Also, it sounds good on your CV and I hope to build up my confidence with speaking.

What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
Experience in caring which I can hopefully use with family members in the future if anything ever happens to them.

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West Notts College in its first year

Kind-hearted students at West Nottinghamshire College are making friends with residents of a Mansfield care home, thanks to a trailblazing scheme that brings the young and elderly together.

Fourteen students on the BTEC Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care have embarked on weekly visits to Maun View, on Chesterfield Road South, to brighten-up the lives of residents – many of whom have dementia – while also gaining valuable skills for employment.

As well as organising group activities, they will spend time

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Rushcliffe Nottingham Fenella Symes

Why do you want to become a YOPEY befriender?
I became a YOPEY Befriender because I really wanted to help, and make even a small part of their day better. Two months in it is so rewarding and such an amazing experience. I also wanted to learn more about dementia and how it affects different people differently, as both my grandparents have it. So having this opportunity meant I could also transfer the skills I will learn to helping

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St Michael's sixth-formers 'making a real difference'


Sixth-formers from St Michael’s Catholic High School in Watford have been volunteering at a local care home as YOPEY Befrienders since the scheme started.

One of two schools have have been involved since the beginning, St Michael’s is full of praise for YOPEY.

John Marseglia, sixth-form placement teacher at St Michael’s, said: "With the excellent training only just completed, some befrienders have already contributed more than 10 hours volunteering in conjunction with the

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County Upper Bury St Edmunds Hannah Crown

Why do you want to become a YOPEY befriender?
I enjoy helping people. If I can help at least one person have a better day I know becoming a YOPEY Befriender was a great decision.
 
What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
I expect it to be an interesting experience and I want to see if I like working in this type of environment.

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