Befrienders recognised for their contributions

St Edmundsbury Mayor meets with YOPEY volunteers at West Suffolk House ANL-161014-143245001
St Edmundsbury Mayor meets with YOPEY volunteers at West Suffolk House ANL-161014-143245001
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The Mayor of St Edmundsbury invited a group of young people who have been visiting elderly people with dementia to a VIP visit at West Suffolk House this week.

The group are known as Yopey befrienders, who are trained to relate to elderly people living with dementia.

Cllr Julia Wakelam invited Tony Gearing, the founder of YOPEY, which stands for Young People of the Year, to bring volunteers to her parlour at the council HQ in Western Way to recognise their contributions.

The 60 young people involved with the Bury based scheme are students in year 11 and sixth form from County Upper School and year 11’s from St Benedict’s.

Hannah Crown, Tilly Watts and Mary Whittingdale received special recognition for the outstanding commitment they have shown to the initiative.