Become pen pals with other deaf children and young people
Our 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 the waiting list
Applications have now closed.
We'll be launching the next round of applications soon. If you'd like to register your interest, join our waiting list and we'll be in touch when applications reopen.
How it works
- Apply online.
- If your child gets a place, we’ll match them with another deaf child or young person based on their age and communication preference.
- As pen pals, they can write letters or record videos in BSL to each other.
Our pen pals service is run remotely through email. All communication goes through our team first to keep everyone safe.
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.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email [email protected].