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"In putting pen to paper, what might initially seem like a small act of kindness has the potential to transform lives and communities"

Thank you for the fantastic response to our Pen Pal scheme.  The scheme is currently oversubscribed so we are unable to take any new penpals on board.

Please try contacting your local volunteer centre, care home or Age UK to see if they have their own Pen Pal scheme.

Find your local Age UK

NCVO -to find your local volunteer centre

Which Care Home Directory

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Minister for Loneliness, Baroness Barran, said:
"The last few months have brought loneliness to the forefront of our minds. We all have a role in being kind and looking out for each other, and as some of us begin to regain some normality we cannot forget those who may need to stay at home for longer and could be at risk of feeling lonely."
"Writing letters might be a slightly forgotten art but it’s more important than ever to connect with people, and putting pen to paper is an excellent way of making sure our friends, family and neighbours know we’re thinking about them."
 
Nick Read, Chief Executive of the Post Office, said:
"Loneliness can have serious impacts on a person’s health and wellbeing. As a business, we are all about keeping people connected and there are so many ways to keep in touch with friends and family today. Letters can add a real personal touch and make someone’s day. We are stronger together and community has never been as important as it is now."