Free creative writing project for over 65s!

Thanks to funding from Hampshire County Council’s Local Solutions Fund, we bring you The Postal Project

Each month Forest Forge Theatre Company will send you a pack with all the materials you need to start writing. We are passionate about stories and love encouraging people to write their own.

Although the world is slowly emerging, we know there is still isolation and uncertainty to come, and we also know that creativity is an excellent way of relieving stress, giving purpose and enjoying expressing yourself. And shouldn’t be exclusively an activity for children.

The packs will be inspired by our large working archive of props and costumes, so it will be like a museum landing on your doorstep.

Each monthly pack will contain:

  • Things to see, touch, listen to, smell and taste
  • Writing warm-up exercises
  • Tasks based on the articles you have been sent
  • A writing prompt to encourage you to create your own piece of writing
  • Hints and tips about different types of writing and styles for you to explore
  • After the first month, we will also include a piece of work from another writer in the project so you can enjoy each other’s work

We are delighted to be working with Forest FM and Little Red Boots on this project to help bring it to life.

We wanted to make it as accessible as possible and we are aware that not everyone has a music streaming service available to them, or the CD, tape or vinyl with the music on. Forest FM will be playing the track that we have chosen to accompany the pack each month at an allotted time for you all to enjoy.

Little Red Boots will be supplying a colouring sheet which you can do while you are mulling over your words – it is a great way to focus the mind and get the creative juices flowing.

By joining in, thinking, reminiscing, creating you will be part of a community of others all doing the same and sharing their words. A community via post. For free!

The first pack ‘Collections’, May  – download it here.

The second pack ‘Travel’, June – download it here.

The third pack ‘Communication’, July – download it here.

The fourth pack ‘Fashion’, August – download it here.

If you would like to be part of this project please call the office on 01425 470188.

The phones are not always manned at the moment so please say you are wanting to be part of The Postal Project, leave your name and address for us to send your packs to. You can also email and leave the same details.

If you are from a residential home and would like several packs for residents please let us know.