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Published 20 May 2020

Who doesn’t love receiving a handwritten card in the mail?

The City of Tea Tree Gully has recently launched a 'Community Connection' card project, offering residents the chance to start a pen pal relationship with a Council volunteer.

Council has many wonderful volunteers who are keen to write to our residents with the hope of making a connection with those in the community who may be feeling socially isolated during the pandemic.

All registered pen pals will receive a starter pack with six cards and stamps to kick-start the snail mail loop.

All cards have been hand-crafted and kindly donated by local community craft groups.

Council volunteer Trent Heaver has recently signed up to the program and said he is looking forward to getting to know another resident the old-fashioned way.

Research shows that taking the time to handwrite a card or a letter can provide real physical and mental benefits like improved memory and lower levels of anxiety.

Registrations for the program are now full, however it is expected to run again due to the volume of demand.

Later in the year, a special high tea event will be organised for all of the pen pal participants to meet face to face.

More info about Community Connection cards