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A YOPEY Befriender is...

a young person who volunteers to visit a care home near their school and befriends lonely residents, many of them living with dementia

YOPEY Befrienders are...

Easing loneliness while learning life lessons and vital skills for the future

Volunteering With The Elderly

YOPEY Befriender during pandemic:

In normal times this charity runs befriending schemes where schoolchildren visit the elderly in care homes, mainly in the East of England. We have contributed to homes being upgraded to outstanding. We aim to return to face-to-face befriending in the autumn of 2022.

Meanwhile we are inviting schools to take part in four ‘virtual’ initiatives we started during the pandemic to support care home residents. We are mainly interested in sixth forms in the East of England taking part, but will consider applications from schools in other areas and different age groups.


YOPEY mainly works with sixth forms to train and support their students to visit local care homes. We will consider applications from other school years.

Care Homes

Any care home in the UK is welcome to apply to have a YOPEY Befriender scheme. We will aim to recruit 10-30 young people to visit your residents.

Funders & Sponsors

Funding allows us to provide  consistent support to our YOPEY Befrienders for a year, providing them with training, regular contact, support materials, activities and projects.

Young People of the Year has become YOPEY Befriender

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