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, 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 we felt that it was more important than ever to provide support, social contact and fun for those spending Christmas alone.
We worked 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!
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 were 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.
A delicious Christmas meal, should members like one.
For many, this was the first time in a long while that they hadn't spent the festive period completely alone. We wanted to ensure that each and every member knew they had been thought about and cared for and that they are a part of the Marmalade Family.