Tremona Care Home in Watford has united across distance with befriender scheme YOPEY (Young People Of The Year) to instil meaningful friendship through video and written word.
Supported by grants and charitable trusts, YOPEY is an initiative where young people befriend those in a care home setting to primarily bridge the generation gap and “reduce the stigmas associated with dementia and care homes”.
Presented in the form of letters and written introductions, as well as videos that have since streamed live music, dancing, and even roller skating, the relationship Tremona now has with YOPEY compliments a group-wide approach that celebrates the many mutual benefits of bringing together the ‘bookend generations’.
“It is a truly fantastic initiative! We are so thankful that YOPEY has found means for Tremona to remain connected with the wider community,” said Margaret Daniels, Tremona Care Home Engagement Lead.
She continued: “The sheer joy on our residents’ faces when they watch a video or read one of the many letters we’ve received epitomises the value of this programme – one that continues to promote conversation and positive reminiscence throughout the home.”