Providing friendship and support for our members during the difficult winter months.
During the current pandemic, it has become more important than ever to provide support and social contact for those people living on their own. Marmalade Trust are delighted to have received funding to extend our telephone companion scheme that has been running over December and January.
We are no longer able to accept new referrals for this project.
Not just practical support
As well as providing our members with practical support and companionship, it's really important to us to make sure we were bringing some joy during such a challenging time. So far, we've delivered boxes of art supplies donated by the Children's Scrapstore in Bristol, posters hand-made by children from Victoria Park Primary School, and care packages full of goodies from Waitrose (delivered by Community Transport).
Gifts of Joy
One of our members lost her only friend to coronavirus and was feeling alone. Another was keeping herself busy with knitting, but ran out of wool and couldn’t go to the shops. Another had been in hospital and was going to come home to an empty house.⠀
We wanted to be able to send little gifts to let our members to let when know we’re thinking of them and that they’re not alone in this. We set up a fundraiser on Facebook asking for donations which would go directly to funding gifts. It was an opportunity to come together, even when we had to stay apart. We were blown away with the generosity of our community, and we were delighted to raise over £510 in a matter of weeks!
We partnered with a wonderful Bristol-based florist - Floriography by Vera - who put together and delivered beautiful bunches of flowers. We also sent gifts like a watercolour sketchpad, paints, wool, potted plants, colouring pencils, colouring books, magazines and books.