With so much uncertainty surrounding us, it can feel overwhelming and pretty lonely. Pen Pals with Purpose is your chance to volunteer to be a source of connection for an elderly resident in our community. While right now we are unable to meet in person, being a pen pal is a pretty epic way to ensure that even without person to person contact we can stay connected.
How does this work?
Step 1 | Register to be a Pen Pal with Purpose. Log in to SpArc and follow the instructions.
Step 2 | We will email you with some handy tips on where to start with your letter and what to include.
Step 3 | Once you have finished writing, send your letter to us via email. You can either scan your hand written letter, or send it to us in a typed document.
Step 4 | We will send your letter on to our friends over at Uniting to share with their elderly residents.
Step 5 | Once the residents have written their reply, we will pass the letter back to you via email!
My name is *your name* and I am *what year are you in* year student at the University of New South Wales.
A bit about yourself:
What do you study?
What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What have you been up to lately?
What are you passionate about?
What would you like to know about them?
What are their hobbies?
Have they had a pen pal before?
What is their favourite food?
How are they doing?
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Get creative with how your letter looks, we recommend handwriting your letter and then scanning it on to your computer, or taking a high-quality photo of it, so it has that authentic pen pal feel!
Be specific! Rather than just “Movies, crafts and exercise” – say “Marvel movies, knitting and needlework, and riding your bike.”
Ask lots of questions throughout your letter so they have something to reply too.
Respect yours and their boundaries.
Finish your letter with a “hope to hear from you soon” or “look forward to hearing from you”.