Realnet thrilled to launch charity partner website

26th Jan 2022

Realnet is thrilled to have launched the website for our charity partner for the year, YOPEY Befriender.

YOPEY, derived from Young People of the Year, is a registered charity that began as a volunteer organization in the early 2000s, and became an official charity in 2012.

Founded by Tony Gearing MBE, a former Fleet Street journalist who wanted to reward young people who were doing good in their communities, YOPEY evolved to become YOPEY Befriender, an organization which gives young people the opportunity to contribute to their communities by volunteering for elderly people in care homes, and particularly people with dementia.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, through YOPEY Befriender, around a dozen schools mainly in the East of England have been virtually supporting around 1800 care homes nationwide.

Unable to visit care homes, young volunteers have been writing letters, compiling activities such as crosswords, making artworks and sending videos of themselves singing or acting. These have been sent to the care homes or loaded to the YOPEY Befriender YouTube channel so that residents can view them.

Realnet is proud to be working with YOPEY Befriender by updating and upgrading their digital presence. The new website gives the charity a modern, mobile-responsive platform to explain the work that they do, help are homes apply to become part of the scheme, enlist new volunteers, and attract new funders and sponsors.

A neat menu structure and visual cues on the home page guide visitors to the main areas on site, and links to contact the organization and to follow their social media channels ensuring that anyone who visits can easily get in touch.

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