Post Pals has successfully been used by schools both in the UK and abroad, Brownies, Scouts, after school clubs, adult and OAP club meetings, nursing/care homes, Sunday schools and many more.
Not only do the Post Pal children benefit from receiving post from groups, but it has had a substantial impact on the groups sending post. Both children and adults get a real boost from knowing that they did something to help a poorly child. It also helps improves literacy skills, IT skills, social skills, art or crafting abilities, empathy, self esteem and in some cases has been a really fun way and practical way of practicing English as a foreign language.
Groups can write letters, make cards (either by hand or on a computer), knit/sew/craft a gift, fundraise, raise awareness, or come up with ideas to make Pals smile. A group can either use Post Pals as a one off activity or on a regular basis.
Why not get your group or school involved?
“Talking about Post Pals has encouraged tolerance and understanding in my class. It also gave a few of the children the motivation and opportunity to discuss siblings with illness/disabilities. One boy in my class has a severely brain damaged older brother. He had never mentioned this in school before and I think he may have been embarrassed or worried about other peoples reactions. During one lesson about Post Pals he started to share about his brother. The class reacted very maturely and asked sensible questions about him. This greatly helped this boy to express his feelings about having a disabled brother and was very beneficial for him” – Nicky Walker, Primary school teacher.