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Axed befriending scheme given fresh funding

PUBLISHED: 16:20 28 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:20 28 October 2019

YOPEY volunteers from Wymondham High School will befriend residents at Sutherfield care home. Photo: Martin Giddings

YOPEY volunteers from Wymondham High School will befriend residents at Sutherfield care home. Photo: Martin Giddings

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A group of teenagers, who feared they would no longer be able to visit a local care home after its befriending scheme was axed, have been given funding to continue volunteering.

A group of 21 students from Wymondham High School have trained as YOPEY (young Person of the Year) befrienders, as part of a scheme which helps young people visit care homes.

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For the first three years the scheme was run at Windmill House in Browick Road, but visits were stopped after the home cut funding for the scheme.

But after a four month hiatus, an arrangement has been made with Sutherland care home on Norwich Road, which will see volunteers make weekly visits.

Sutherland's manager, Laura Lodge, said: "The YOPEY Befrienders have already made a huge impact and I know that they will most certainly touch the lives of those living at Sutherlands."

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