Write a letter once a month to one or more recipients (depending on your commitments). Where possible we try to match people with similar interests. In this inter-generational project, you will be making someone feel like they "belong" again.
The Pen Pals scheme was initially set up in response to the covid pandemic as a means of engaging with older people who were cut off and unable or unsure how to access activities online. Lots of people love to receive a personalised letter (rather than bills and flyers through their door). Our scheme now includes men and women of all ages and we would love to encourage some inter-generational exchange and sharing of experiences.
As a volunteer you would need to undergo a short training /induction session (approx 15 mins) by zoom or over the telephone.
As a recipient you would just need to register with your name /address etc.
Cost of envelopes and stamps etc will be reimbursed
Sporting Chance Sheffield started in 2017 it now also covers Rotherham and will be soon expanding into Barnsley. Normally we offer face to face engagement and group activities for men aged 50 and over. We offer group fitness sessions, chair exercise, badminton, table tennis, short walks, but not all our sessions are activitiy based as not all our participants are physically active. Many of our sessions are about engagement and social interaction most of our attendees come for the interaction /friendhip and banter. We have quizes, indoor curling, boccia, cards, dominoes, day trips.
We have recently started online and postal activities. We do a weekly online quiz and fitness classes. Not all older people are I.T. literate so we started a postal pen pals scheme which includes people of all ages who may be suffering with social isolation/ lack of interaction.
What skills do I need?
Basic level of Literacy, a willingness to make a difference to someones life, be cheerful.
What will I gain?
You will get the reward of knowing you have made a difference to someone who is isolated/lonely
We can provide certificates for your involvement in our scheme.
Further volunteering opportunities will be coming later in the year once restrictions are lifted
Training and support
Initial short induction training will be provided (approx 15 mins) by zoom or over the telephone.
The scheme manager will be available for support on a regular/as needed basis
30 mins or more per month. Initially you will be required to write to your pen pal for 3 months, then this will be reviewed/new matches made
DBS (criminal records) check
No travel required