YOPEY Befrienders Shining Brightly
Sixth Form students were awarded for the hours they had volunteered at Leawood Manor over the past year during a high tea with High Sheriff, Col. David Sneath. Each week students have spent at least an hour exchanging memories and catching up on the latest news with residents. Year 12 student Jack Dewik came top of the league volunteering 20 hours since the start of the year.
So far there have been around 30 students involved with the Befriender scheme set up by YOPEY which aims to help create relationships between the young and old.
Shrutee Desai, Assistant Head said: “It fits perfectly with our school ethos, which is all about taking the holistic view and developing the whole child. Not only has it increased the students’ understanding of how to do support work, it’s also developed their confidence and offered insight into possible career pathways such as medicine, nursing or social work.”