Whenever From Me to You needs reassurance that what we're doing is the right thing, we look to Writing Back Leeds.
This project facilitates university students to become penpals with older Leeds' residents The project is now in its fourth year and has seen the number of participants grow from 28 in its pilot year to 202 last year.
The project focuses on investigating loneliness and social isolation in the student and older demographics. By using the loneliness measurement tools devised by the national Campaign to End Loneliness the project is able to evaluate how letter writing functions as a tool to aid emotional wellbeing.
Loneliness is notoriously difficult to evaluate but at the end of last year, 94% of students indicated that writing to their older pen pal had a positive effect on their mental wellbeing. 95% of older participants advised that writing to their student pen pal positively impacted their mental wellbeing.
To read full details of the project, click here.
Our own Donate A Letter programme has the same aims as Leeds Writing Back, so if you want to write a letter to someone with cancer but don't know anyone, join in our programme here