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.
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.