Supporting Marmalade members to make new connections and find social activity in their local community.
Marmalade Companions is a 20-week long project running between February and June 2022 supporting some of the loneliest people in our region to find new social contact and re-engage back into their communities. We recognise that loneliness is a subjective experience, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach that will prevent everyone from feeling lonely. So, by matching a trained volunteer with each Marmalade member, we can ensure that each individual receives a tailored response that connects them with the kinds of services and support they think would help them.
Our Marmalade members vary in age and ability, but all experience social isolation and/or loneliness. Some have barely been able to leave their homes since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and are feeling quite concerned about engaging with people again. We know loneliness can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing and now more than ever it is important for us to support people to re-engage with their local communities. Volunteers will build a trusting relationship through regular telephone contact, supporting their companion in building confidence and form new social links.
By the end of the project, we hope to see our members developing lasting connections in their community, rekindling old hobbies, becoming more active or learning new skills.
"You've been absolutely wonderful. I so appreciate you looking out for me, it means the world. I would give Marmalade Trust 10/10!"
Become a Marmalade Companion!
We rely on our team of volunteers to help us support almost 200 Marmalade members. Without our dedicated community of kind and committed volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Would you like to help us bring companionship and joy to those experiencing loneliness?
Last year, one of our volunteers told us: "It feels great to know I am making a difference and bringing a smile to my companion's face - especially when they otherwise wouldn't have spoken to anyone all day. I genuinely enjoy and look forward to my calls - it doesn't feel like volunteering at all!
Who can become a member?
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
Feeling lonely and would like new social contact and connection
Please note, we are currently closed to referrals for the Marmalade Companions project.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07566 244788 if you have any questions. *Contact us if you are under 50 but would like to join.