Are You Over 55 and Would Like A Young Penpal? Council Co-ordinates New Community Initiative

Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 11:30

Mansfield Shire residents, aged 55 and over, will soon receive letters from grade 6 students from Mansfield Primary School as part of an age-friendly initiative to improve issues such as social isolation and loneliness.

Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said residents aged 55 and over can receive a letter from a young penpal; they just need to advise Council of their interest.

“Receiving a letter will brighten anyone’s day, as it becomes rarer to get things in the post. This joint initiative with the Primary School is one we are anticipating will outlive the current COVID-19 situation,” Cr Attley said.

“I encourage people interested to get in touch with Council, and also those who may know of someone over 55 who would appreciate such a letter should spread the word,” Cr Attley said.

Grade 6 students will be invited to write a letter, preferably handwritten, under a personalised penpal name. Council’s Age Friendly Project Officer will send the letters out and the recipients will write a letter back, via Council.

Child-safe practices will apply and procedures will be put in place to ensure children cannot be identified and that the content of the letters is reviewed.

“This will slowly build some new connections and understanding of other people in the community, which is a good thing for all of us,” Cr Attley said.

Mansfield Shire Council is one of four councils in regional Victoria to receive a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to promote healthy active ageing within our community.

If you are aged 55 years or over and would like to be included in this project, please contact Bianca Hurle on 5775 8563 or 0429 704 824 or email



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Last Updated: Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 11:38