Winter Companions.

Providing friendship and support for our members during the difficult winter months - please note,  this project has now come to a close.  

During the strict national lockdown, it became more important than ever to provide support and social contact for those people living on their own. Marmalade Trust was delighted to have received funding to run a telephone companion scheme from December 2020 through to the end of March 2021. 


"I'm always so grateful when the phone rings! I never leave the house and I have no family so much life is the same day in and day out.


Our cheerful conversations brighten my day and give me something to look forward to."


- BERYL, 75

A little gift of joy...


It's been an incredibly tough year for so many of us, but perhaps especially those on their own. Luckily, our fantastic Winter Companionship volunteers were on hand (well, on the other end of the phone!) to provide hundreds of hours of friendship and fun. As the project drew to a close, we wanted to provide another doorstep visit, along with a little gift - just to make sure each individual knew that they are valued and important members of our Marmalade family.


What was inside? 

164 members were delivered a gift bag containing a Marmalade Trust Wellbeing Guide (shown below), a signposting brochure, a packet of sunflower seeds and a beautiful narcissi plant. It was a real community effort and we are especially grateful to Fountain Print BrislingtonHenleaze Garden ShopTrinity Henleaze United Reformed Church, Age UK Bristol, Age UK South Gloucestershire, Wyldwood Arts CIC, Windmill Hill City Farm , Global's Make Some Noise. We also couldn't have done it without Claudine Mercer, Margaret Billings, Kate Calver, Alison Price and Rebecca Purchase for so kindly donating their time to help with packing & distributing. And last but not least... all 111 wonderful Winter Companions who helped us to deliver the packs!! 😃😃

wellbeing pack

It's also been lovely to hear how our volunteers went above and beyond to cheer up their companion, including going for socially distanced walks together, enjoying doorstep fish & chip dinners and delivering extra goodies like homemade biscuits.

We had some lovely feedback too...

🧡 "I write to thank you for the wellbeing pack delivered by the faithful Tim. Your care through him has been appreciated by me."

🧡 "Thank you so much for the pack - really kind thought!"

🧡 "Lovely to have the doorstep visit - really nice to see them again. Loved the little plant."


Finally, a little note from our Project Coordinator, Jo:


"I would like to thank everyone involved for their support in enabling this to happen. I know that the little narcissi plants are already flowering & bringing a lot of joy to our members, & I'm sure that the wellbeing guide & signposting information will offer invaluable support throughout the year ahead."