Bringing joy and companionship to people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.
Since 2013, Marmalade Trust have been running Christmas Day events across Bristol, South Gloucestershire. and North Somerset for those who would otherwise be alone.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have planned an alternative to our normal Christmas events. We understand that Christmas is one of the hardest times of the year for those struggling with loneliness, and this year we feel that it is more important than ever to provide support, social contact and fun for those who will be spending Christmas alone.
We will be working with our amazing volunteers to support those who would be alone this festive season (our members). At Marmalade Trust we’re working towards alleviating loneliness and isolation throughout the year. Friendship isn’t just for Christmas, but it’s not a bad place to start!
We will be providing:
A Marmalade Trust 'Connection Advent Calendar', with an activity to be opened each day – from telephone carols to crafts & puzzles.
A trained volunteer to telephone their member once a week, throughout December and January, for a chat. As well as friendship and cheerful conversation, our members will be supported with any practical help they might need.
A visit from a volunteer on Christmas Day, to deliver a Marmalade Trust hamper and stay for a socially distanced doorstep chat.
For many, this will be the first time in a long while that they haven’t spent the festive period completely alone. We want to ensure that this Christmas they know that they have been thought about and cared for and feel a part of the Marmalade Family.
If you're interested in becoming a Winter Companion, please read through the role outline below and then complete the application form. Every year we are blown away with the number of applications we receive from kind people in our area, so our application process is only likely to be open for a few weeks.
We are able to accept some new member referrals for this project. If you would like to refer someone, or if you are living alone and would like to refer yourself, please fill in the referral form below and return to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Referrals need to meet the following criteria to be considered:
Over 50 years old (do contact us if you know someone of a younger age, as this may be considered)
Be alone on Christmas Day (other than a carer or support visits)
Living in Bristol