Pioneering YOPEY volunteers visit Mellish House

YOPEY befrienders and residents at Mellish House sitting down to tea

Caring Homes’ Mellish House, an Outstanding Care Home in Sudbury recently hosted a YOPEY befriending event.

A YOPEY Befriender is a young person who volunteers to visit a care home near their school and befriend lonely residents, many of them living with dementia.

YOPEY Befrienders are easing loneliness and isolation whilst learning life lessons and vital skills for the future. As the homes residents enjoyed some interactive fun together around their newly installed ‘Magic Table’ they were joined by several female YOPEY volunteers. This proved to be a wonderful bonding experience which was enjoyed by everyone involved and it is hoped that it will transform the lives of both the residents and the student volunteers.

Having enjoyed a variety of activities together, residents and the volunteers enjoyed an afternoon tea.

Mellish House Manager, Maekhala Allan said; “Our residents really enjoy the company of the YOPEY volunteers and we all look forward to their visits.”

Mellish House in Sudbury is a purpose-built home providing residential care for up to 48 elderly residents living dementia and has been rated Outstanding by the CQC in their most recent report published late last year.