Writing Back

Writing Back is an award-winning pen pal project which pairs international postgraduates with older residents across Yorkshire to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

Loneliness is an issue for many older people, especially those with limited mobility; equally, many university students may experience homesickness or a desire to better connect with others.

The Writing Back project matches pen pals based on their interestsand they email each other at least once a fortnight.

Writing Back Leeds is part of the wider Writing Back model founded by Dr Georgina Binnie.


Applications for the Writing Back project will re-open in the 2022/23 academic year. The scheme is for international taught postgraduate students.  

If you have any questions, please email: writingback@leeds.ac.uk