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Become pen pals with a deaf young person from Australia

Photo: A young boy writing.

The National Deaf Children’s Society are teaming up with Deaf Children Australia to offer deaf young people ages 6-18 the chance to make new friends and keep in touch.

Those who take part will be matched with another young person of a similar age and communication preference.

As pen pals, they can write letters to each other via email, giving them a chance to ask questions and get to know one another.

How having a pen pal helps

By taking part, deaf children and young people can:

  • create new friendships with other deaf children and young people
  • reduce feelings of isolation and improve mental wellbeing
  • develop and build their communication skills.

Imogen (14), who is profoundly deaf and wears cochlear implants, recently took part in the Pen Pals Project where she not only made a friend, but also came to view her deafness in a positive new light.

Read about Imogen’s experience in our Families Magazine.

Who can take part

Our Pen Pals Project is available to all deaf children and young people aged 6 to 18 years old

The next round of the project will begin on 2 August 2022 and applications are now open until 12 noon on 25 July 2022.

To apply for a place, pen pals will need the support of either a parent or carer.

More information: how the project works

  1. Apply online.
  2. If your child gets a place, we’ll match them with another deaf child or young person from Australia based on their age and communication preference
  3. As pen pals, they can write letters to each other for eight weeks.

Our pen pals service is run remotely through email. All communication goes through our team first to keep everyone safe.

Learn more about the project in our parent guide.

How long does it last

We'll support your child and their pen pal to exchange letters for eight weeks. After eight weeks, we’ll give you, your child and their pen pal the option to exchange contact details and stay in touch directly, without us. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email [email protected].