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Digital Pen Pal Combating Social Isolation: An Intergenerational Project

Thriving Places are looking for people to take part in a befriending pen pal project in the East End of Glasgow. The Digi Pen Pal project will connect school pupils to an older community member who is isolated and experiencing loneliness. 

All communication will go via Thriving Place so that no personal contact details are shared, and the communication can be done via post or by email, whichever is preferred.  All recipients will receive a welcome pack with lots of ideas to inspire what they write about, as well as free return envelopes to post.  As the Thriving Places team are out in the community, they can also arrange to pick up reply letters in person for those who can not get out to the post box.

The benefits for all participants are huge. The project offers young people an opportunity to volunteer online, to advance their CV and help combat social isolation amongst the older community in their area.

If you know an older person in your family, or community in the Parkhead, Dalmarnock or Barrowfield area who would love to receive regular letters from a local pen pal, please nominate them.

We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to be involved.