STAMP Penpal Project.
STAMP was originally proposed by Sianead, a Psychology with counselling and psychotherapy student.
The project was inspired during her time as a missionary, Sianead was only allowed to contact friends and family back home over email during a 1-hour time slot each week, or through letters. As a result, she wrote letters frequently, and receiving those letters in my hand filled her a sense of love, belonging and joy; a feeling she wishes for everyone to experience.
The STAMP project was created to connect students and local community members through a written letter pen-pal scheme, in an attempt to alleviate social isolation and connect those who may not otherwise get chance to meet.
Last year the project connected student volunteers and local community volunteers based in Hulme. The community volunteers where members of a local Together Dementia Group and letters were sent monthly from student to community member, and vice versa. Using the "Make a Change" budget, The Union provided funds for postage, pens and paper and host writing sessions.