Bringing joy and companionship to people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.
Christmas time usually conjures up joyful images of family and friends celebrating, exchanging gifts, excited chatter and delicious food. For some people, however, it can be a dreaded, sad and lonely time. Marmalade Trust understands how difficult Christmas can be for someone who is struggling with loneliness.
We don’t want anyone to spend Christmas Day alone if they don’t want to, so we invite them to join us for a free festive lunch on the big day, or a doorstep visit. Members are those who feel particularly lonely and isolated this year, for example, a person of an older age who may have no family or friends around.
Everyone who joins us is made to feel part of our Marmalade family and is supported by our network of friendly volunteers. We currently hold our lunches in pubs or restaurants throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the North Somerset region. Each member also receives a connection doorstep visit in November and a Christmas gift.
"It means everything to know someone cares. Without Marmalade Trust, I wouldn't have spoken to or seen anyone over Christmas. I'm so grateful."
In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted an alternative to our normal Christmas events. We are proud to have brought joy and companionship to 181 of the most isolated and lonely people in our region.
Marmalade members received a 'Connection Advent Calendar', a hamper and doorstep visit on Christmas Day. We were also able to spread the word live on BBC Breakfast and BBC Bristol on Christmas morning.
Join the Marmalade volunteer family and make someones Christmas this year! Check out our volunteer roles here.
Who can join us?
We can accept referrals from those who meet all four of the eligibility criteria below:
Aged over 50*
Living in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire
Living alone and in own home
Would otherwise be spending Christmas day alone
Experiencing loneliness all or most of the time
*Contact us if you are under 50 but would like to join.