Pen Friend Scheme
Many prisoners overseas experience extreme isolation. We operate a popular Pen Friend Scheme which involves volunteers in Ireland corresponding on a regular basis with ICPO clients. Many clients have commented that this scheme has helped to alleviate their loneliness.
Corresponding with prisoners is an opportunity to encourage, befriend and support people in custody overseas. It requires time, patience and persistence. Volunteers who write to prisoners can help restore the link that some may have lost with the outside world and bring an increased sense of worth to their lives. We know from prisoners that the letters they receive from penfriends are very important to them. The staff of ICPO is very grateful to all volunteers who help to support prisoners overseas by writing regularly to them.
We are not currently seeking volunteer penfriends but please check back again for future opportunities to join our penfriend scheme.