Writing Back is an award-winning, letter-writing project set up by Dr Georgina Binnie in 2014. Dr Binnie matches undergraduate and international postgraduate students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents, fostering friendships and encouraging cultural exchanges between participants. The scheme uses letter writing to research loneliness in both age demographics. Older participants range from 60-99 years and are typically signposted to the project by third-sector organisations. The theme of this year's letters is 'Yorkshire', with students encouraged to send historic photographs of the county to their pen pals.
Awards and Recognition
2017 Positive Partner in Society Award 2016-17: Georgina Binnie for the Writing Back project
2016 National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement: Shortlisted as a Finalist in the 'Individually-led Project Category' (TBA on 29 November 2016): Finalist details
2016 Awarded Footsteps Funding as part of their Making a World of Difference Campaign
2016 Outstanding PE/PPIE during the Execution of Research Stage at the University of Leeds
2015 Winner of the Leeds for Life Foundation Award