Georgina Binnie wins further award for Writing Back project

Congratulations to Georgina Binnie for her success at the annual Sustainability Awards. Georgina was recognised for her award winning Writing Back project in the Positive Partner in Society category.

Sustainability Awards 2017

This award is to congratulate anyone who has helped the University to become a positive partner in the community through either fundraising, volunteering, education or collaboration with local businesses. This could promote an open and welcoming campus, involve cultural activity or see individuals acting as responsible members of the community.

The Project

Writing Back is an award-winning letter writing project, matching School of English undergraduate students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents. Now in its third year, the project has so far seen 260 people exchange letters with one another. The project greatly benefits both parties, with the exchanging of letters allowing participants to form long-lasting friendships. One of the aims of the project is to tackle loneliness and social isolation among students and older people, and it is a great opportunity for older members of the community to share their knowledge and experiences with our student population.