Our pen pal service is a highly-valued lifeline – could you write to an isolated prisoner who might otherwise never hear from home?

Could you write to someone held overseas to help combat isolation and loneliness?

Our pen pal scheme is a much-valued service, giving a person in prison someone to write to when they may have no friends or relatives to correspond with. Prisoners often tell us just how much these letters mean to them.

The people we support range in age from 18 – 70, though most are in their 30s or 40s. The vast majority are male. Wherever possible, we try to match penpals to prisoners with similar interests, but it can take time to match because we want to try to get it right.

  • We ask for a commitment of at least two years, as you can understand that someone in prison comes to rely on the letters they receive and it can sometimes take months to establish correspondence. 
  • Although we welcome pen pals from all walks of life, we discourage students of criminology or psychology from joining to gain ‘work experience’ or to aid university projects.
  • We ask for a non-judgemental attitude and someone who is keen to write and share their stories in a friendly tone.

You must also be prepared to pay postage costs to the foreign country.

How to get started

If you are interested in becoming a pen-pal please get in touch with our Learning and Wellbeing team by emailing [email protected]