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We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of our volunteers!

Join our volunteer family

Each year, our small team at Marmalade HQ are overwhelmed with how many kind people offer their time to support their community.  Through our Christmas Cheer and Marmalade Companion projects, we reach out to those most at risk of loneliness, guiding them to vital support and empowering them to make new friendships and connections. Joining us as a volunteer not only changes lives but also offers a chance to forge lasting friendships, enjoy meaningful experiences, and truly connect with your community. 


Join us as a Companion Volunteer!


Marmalade Companions is a time-limited, 1:1 project operating from February until July across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.  Based on the enabling/empowering social prescribing model, trained volunteers make a weekly call to members focusing on their specific needs and interests.  These conversations lead to volunteers signposting them to local social activities and community support, to improve their social connections.


We recognise that loneliness is a subjective experience, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach that will prevent everyone from feeling lonely. 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.


By building a trusting relationship through regular phone contact (30 minutes/week), companions offer help and support to build the member's confidence, form new social links and access services needed. Signposting to new activities or ways of making social connections inside or outside the home, is a key part of the volunteer role.

"Volunteering with Marmalade has been humbling and very interesting - but most of all, it's been fun! I would heartily recommend it to anyone looking to really make a difference."

We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity of our volunteers, many of whom have been with us since the beginning! If you have any questions about volunteering, please email us at 

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