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We work with older people in the community, working closely with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield City Council. We are Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care

Pen Pal Scheme 2020/21

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2021.

Join our Pen Pal Scheme! Spring 2020 will go down in history as a season of togetherness whilst, ironically, being the season of isolation, with many older and vulnerable people having to quarantine themselves from close family and friends to protect themselves and others from Covid 19. With vital befriending services for older people being suspended due to social distancing, we have had to think of new ways to keep in touch. This could be with technology, telephone or letter. This is where the Pen Pal Scheme comes in. There are two elements to this scheme: Write a letter. Send a postcard, drawing or painting

What can you do?

Write a letter.

There is nothing nicer than receiving a handwritten letter through the post. Simply write Hi or Hello, talk about yourself, your family, your job, your hobby, your hopes for the future. 

Send a postcard, drawing or painting  

Some of our service users are partically sighted and can't read handwritten letters without help.  Simply send a postcard, draw or paint a picture and add the simple message 'Thinking of you'  This will make their day! A few tips: Use bright contrasting colours, tactile materials and thick felp tip pens.  

Please wash your hands before writing and sending your letter to help reduce risk of contamination. Thank you.

Please don't put any sensitive information on the item. With your letter or card in the envelope, please include a note with your name and university email address, and if you'd like a reply (maybe possible), write your postal address too.

Send your letters and cards to: 

SCCCC, Pen Pal Scheme, Unit 19 President Buildings, Savile Street East, SHEFFIELD, S4 7UQ 

We send each letter out with an SAE back to our office with a code on it, we can then forward on to the person who sent the original correspondence whilst protecting everyone's personal data. Please note you may not receive a response from the older person but rest assured, your letter will be greatly received. 

To see examples and more information, visit our website and find us on social media!

You don't have to apply as a volunteer to participate in the pen pal scheme. You can just send the letter or card to the address above with a little note with your details on :)

What skills do I need?

No skills required! Please wash your hands before writing and sending your letter to help reduce risk of contamination. Thank you. You don't have to apply as a volunteer to participate in the pen pal scheme. You can just send the letter or card to the address above with a little note with your details on :)

What will I gain?

Make older people smile Connect with your local community Reduce social isolation & loneliness Improve your own and others wellbeing & mental health Make a new friend / pen pal (if you include your name and address, t's possible that you could from a pen pal friendship, sending and receiving letters with an older person)

Time commitment

As much as you wish!

Food

No

Travel

No

Childcare

No

DBS (criminal records) check

No

Location

Remote - home based
  • CausesHealth, Older people, Social isolation
  • Frequencyone-off, Flexible
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening
  • Skills and InterestsArt and craft, Befriending, Communication skills, Creativity, Design
  • Careers and AspirationsArts, culture and heritage, Engineering, Law, Marketing, Media and journalism, Medicine and healthcare, Psychology, Science, Social work, Speech and language therapy, Teaching, Third sector and charity work

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