During recent times we have appreciated connection more than ever, the value of a conversation and human interaction has become more important as time has passed. For many of us this regular communication is not as often as we would like and we are missing meeting people. 

Chickenshed is reacting to these challenging times with a brand-new initiative for people over 70yrs, or those who find themselves more isolated or having to shield during this period. Living Letters is a project that connects people, and in doing so aims to improve communication and develop intergenerational friendships. Our young people are keen to connect with the more 'mature' or isolated members of our community - finding out about their lives and comparing them with their own, especially during these times of uncertainty. We are all experiencing change in our lives - no matter what age we are - and it's good to share these experiences with each other.

Are you of 'mature' years, or isolated/shielding and would like to participate? Or do you know someone who you think would benefit from some extra correspondence each week during this time? A person who would enjoy writing about themselves and learning about someone much younger?

If you do, the only thing we ask is that you/they have access to email. We will guide you/them through the whole process and give plenty of support. There is no charge to be involved.

Living Letters - How Does It Work?

The participants are gently guided through a four week on-line programme of correspondence, where they are paired with a writing partner from Chickenshed’s Young Company. The couples are encouraged, through letter writing, to reflect on life, share histories and swap stories with the aim that through this unveiling process, human connections are made and friendships are formed.

At the end of the four week process the pairs are brought together to finally meet in a virtual ‘zoom’ chatroom, they are then invited to join our social network where they can continue meeting people and interact daily with our Space Between Us community.


You can watch this short film that helps illustrate the project and process further:


If you would like to nominate yourself please email [email protected]. We will then be in contact with you.

If you are nominating someone else, please follow these steps:

  • Contact your ‘person’, explain the process outlined above and share the film that illustrates it.
  • If they are interested you need to send their email address, along with their name, to [email protected].  
  • We will then contact them, answer any further questions and lead them through the process.

Together we can help fill the space between us.