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YOPEY befrienders’

nec yopeyOn October 12th 2016, three year 13 students from Rushcliffe were asked to speak at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the Care and Dementia show. Payam Soleimani-Nouri, as student leader for the YOPEY befrienders’ team from Rushcliffe sixth form, spoke along with Alliah Qadeer and Humaira Ali about the befriending programme which aims to integrate communities. Rushcliffe has enjoyed a productive partnership with YOPEY for over two years.

Many students have not only made a positive difference but benefitted from befriending elderly residents at a local care home who live with dementia. Payam talked powerfully about his own journey in becoming a befriender and the value he clearly places on the experience. The students also spoke to care home owners who are potentially interested in signing up to the programme and accepting local teenagers to volunteer. Well done to all our students involved in this amazing initiative.