Who are Zippers?

To put it simply, Zippers are young people with half a heart. Our Zippers are split into different age groups and we offer a little something for everyone!

Read below to find out how to get involved and what we offer each of our Zippers

Junior Zippers

Our Junior Zippers are young people with half a heart aged 8-11 years. As a Junior Zipper you will be able to get involved with our activity days and weekends where you will be able to meet other people just like you! We also have an Open Day which we hold every year that you will be invited too along with lots of other fun events! You’ll receive our youth newsletter which is packed with other Zipper stories, information on upcoming events and some useful information about your heart condition.


Young people aged 11-18 years make up our Zippers. You’ll get invites to workshops, activity days and weekends, our annual Open Day and any of the other exciting events we hold! Zippers aged 11-13 years will get the same newsletter as our Junior Zippers and our Zippers aged 14-18 years will get a bigger version that has articles about life with half a heart, more stories and information on the heart. Older Zippers will also get the chance to join our private Facebook group where you can chat to others and share your stories.

Senior Zippers

Our Senior Zippers are young adults with half a heart aged 18 and over. You will get invites to events which are relevant to your age group along with a newsletter which includes more in depth information about your heart and how to take steps towards an independent adulthood. You’ll get the opportunity to link with  others in a similar situation and build your own network of support.

Zipper Siblings

The Zipper Zone isn’t just for young people with half a heart – their brothers and sisters are part of it too! Siblings are invited to all our youth events so that they can meet other brothers and sisters like them, because we know that it can sometimes be hard when you’ve got a sibling with half a heart.

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