The Chatback Trust

CHATBACK was set up in 1986 by the present Director, Tom Holloway, to provide an electronic mail (email) facility for up to 100 schools in the UK and abroad. Most were special schools, all cater for children who have some mental or physical difficulty with communicating. It set up electronic links with children in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, USA, and even a special school in Novosibirsk in Siberia. For information about Chatback staff, please click here

Much has changed since those early days, and we have now started a new project in collaboration with Commitments India, a charity in Andhra Pradesh, which aims to serve the rural poor and disabled and disadvantaged persons

TIMEWITNESSES - memories of the 1940s - notes from their grandparents on life from 50 years ago. This also includes a 'Panel of Elders' of many nations that you may put your questions to. You can find a list of stories here and also Quicktime movie clips of some of the stories here

A VIEW FROM MY WINDOW -- children are invited to write about the view from their window.

Some of the schools we have helped are:-

We have also provided computers and a training room to a group of elderly and retired people of Royal Leamington Spa. This is the computer group of the Warwick District 'University of the Third Age'. With help from Warwick District Council and the Cabinet Office programme 'Better Government for Older People' they help to run the Leamington Elders Advice Point and their meeting/training day is every Wednesday morning. You can write to their Chairman, Robin Shepherd, for more information.

CHATBACK INTERNATIONAL via Internet

In association with St Johns University New York, we are also taking part in a research project. This is directed by Professor Bob Zenhausern of the Psychology Department of St Johns, and we are using the resources of St Johns University to establish the increase in linguistic competence and self-esteem of groups of children at 16 physical handicap schools in Birmingham, 4 London schools and a corresponding number of schools in the USA.

We would be delighted to hear from special schools from anywhere in the world who might want to join us via The Internet.

For more information please write to the Executive Director of Chatback International, Dr Bob Zenhausern, or the UK Director of Chatback, Tom Holloway, at these addresses:-


       Dr R Zenhausern                Tom Holloway
        Psychology Department           The Chatback Trust
        St Johns University             6 St Mary's Crescent
        SB 15, Marillac                 Royal Leamington Spa
        Jamaica, NY 11439               Warwickshire, CV31 1JL
        USA                             United Kingdom
        Phone:  718-990-6447            Phone: (+44) 1926 888333
        Fax:    718-990-6705            Fax:   (+44) 1926 771707

Updated 9th November, 2009