Charity YouTube variety shows entertain care homes

By Bethany Hemsley

The charity, YOPEY, has put together variety shows featuring acts by young people to entertain care home residents during the pandemic.

The shows are being put on YouTube and Facebook and include a wider variety of acts than traditional TV shows with young people making artworks, handicrafts and showing their sporting prowess. Other acts, aimed at sparking memories, are in development.

The first two shows are already available on YouTube and Facebook for all care homes to show their residents and include a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn and a Benny Hill-style comedy sketch.

YOPEY hopes these and other acts that revisit the past will spark reminisces by residents.

The variety shows can be found on YouTube here.

In normal times, YOPEY runs befriending schemes where young people – known as YOPEY Befrienders or YOPEY Dementia Befrienders – visit care homes. These face-to-face visits were stopped by lockdown, but the charity has instead sent thousands of letters to over 200 care homes nationwide.

Tony Gearing MBE, YOPEY founder said: “We know elderly people love hearing about young people’s lives from the success of our YOPEY Befriender schemes”.

He added: “Through YOPEY letters and YOPEY Virtual Variety Shows, the elderly can continue to read about and see young people’s lives”.

More care homes are welcome to join this free scheme by emailing a request to hello@yopey.org.

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