YOPEY Befriender '16

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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YOPEY Befrienders – we want your photos and opinions to put here, like this example

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.

See Erik's YOPEY award by clicking here...


Francis Combe continues to relish 'fantastic opportunity’

Francis Combe Academy in Watford is one of two schools that has been involved in YOPEY Befriender since the scheme started.

Phil Harley, Leader of the Sixth Form, said: "This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for our students to give something back to their local community as well as offer support and companionship to an elderly member of the community. 

"Some of the youngsters involved in the scheme have already commented that they find the opportunity to

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Rushcliffe Nottingham Mariam Bello

Why did you become a YOPEY Befriender?
I decided to become a befriender because I have a strong passion for helping others and giving back to the community. In addition, I believe understanding the needs of people living with dementia patients will widen my knowledge of this group of diseases and enable me to communicate more effectively both with people inside the home and outside.


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Rushcliffe School in its second year

Assistant Head Teacher Shrutee Desai says: "Rushcliffe Sixth Form is a value driven school. We pride ourselves in ensuring that pupils receive an education that goes beyond academic achievement.

"One of our core values emphasises the importance of supporting others. As a result of this, in the sixth form we encourage pupils to strive towards achieving the Rushcliffe Community Award. The YOPEY Befriender programme allows us to extend our work beyond helping in the school or raising money for charities. It provides

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St Benedict's Bury St Edmunds Isabel Masetti

Why do you want to become a YOPEY befriender?
To be able to brighten someone's day.
What do you hope to get out of the scheme?
To build my confidence and caring skills.
What do you hope to give to the people you befriend?
Put smiles on their faces and happy

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