Welcome to Self-Express Mail

This project is linked to a postbox I placed outside the Coal & Cotton pub in Boothstown. It is a postbox to get children communicating positively and using different mediums of art.

I am writing this for anyone interested in this concept. I imagine mostly parents or older children will be reading this page.

It is aimed at all pre school, primary school and high school aged children. 

This is a postal service to help children communicate positive messages to one another. After working with prisoners and other vulnerable communities I understand the importance of communication. It is vital that our younger society       learn to express their feelings healthily. When lockdown hit I thought it would be nice to help kids send and receive positive messages to one another.

It can also be a great way of getting off computers and using our literacy skills and creativity during school holidays. The arts need saving so come on kids let’s create some art.


How does it work?

It’s really simple: If you seal your surprise message in a blank envelope and post it this will go into the postbox for another child to receive. It may be a good idea to draw or sign the back of it so you know which one was yours.

Every 2 weeks (on the time and dates below) the post box will be unlocked for you to go and pick one back out for yourself. When you pick one back up feel free to post a new one back in again. 

Is there an age limit?

Art doesn’t discriminate, therefore, as long as the child can hold a paint brush and express themselves it can be posted. However, children involved must be mindful that they may receive something back from someone much older or much younger. The element of surprise should be exciting and magical. The more people that use the service, the more ages and creations will be received. 


  • Let’s keep it safe -DON’T PUT YOUR ADDRESS OR CONTACT DETAILS ON THE LETTER. If you want to put your age or name make sure an adult has checked it is safe to post before you do.

  • If you’re receiving a message make sure you are giving one too. It’s give and take guys.

  • Be as creative as you can

If any local schools want to get in contact with me to discuss workshops or 'school penpal projects' please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Thanks for stopping by Jenny Berry!