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Become pen pals with other deaf children and young people

Photo: Two young boys playing a board game together.

Our new pen pals service aims to support deaf children and young people (ages 8-18) to keep in touch and make new friends. 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 or record videos in BSL to each other, 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.

Who can take part

Our pen pal service is available to all deaf children and young people aged 8-18 years old.

Join our waiting list

We'll be opening applications again at the beginning of 2021. If you would like your child to be put on the waiting list, please complete our online form.

Places for our pen pals services are limited and we can't guarantee your child a place.

How it works

  1. When applications are open, you'll be able to apply online.
  2. We’ll match your child with another deaf child or young person based on their age and communication preference.
  3. As pen pals, they can write letters or record videos in BSL to each other. 

Initially, we’ll be running the project remotely through email due to the current COVID-19 situation. However, participants can still write a letter and send it as a photo via email. This way they can still get creative and personalise their letters!

How long does it last

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

How to get involved

For a deaf child or young person to take part, all they need is a parent or carer email address.

Any questions?

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