We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of our volunteers.
Through our Christmas Cheer and Marmalade Companion projects, we identify the people most at risk from experiencing loneliness in society, signpost them to the right support and resources and help empower them to make new friendships and connections. Volunteering with us is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of older people in your community experiencing long-term loneliness. It's also a great chance to make new friends, have fun and feel connected.
Become a Companion volunteer!
We're looking for volunteers who can support members to make new connections and find social activity in their local community. This 15 to 20-week phone-based project runs from January to February 2023.
A few of our volunteering champions...
"My life is better with Irene in it"
Sammy met Irene through volunteering with the Marmalade Trust. After the project ended, they mutually decided they wanted to stay in touch and a lovely friendship has grown!
Marmalade Companion Duncan became friends with Ken and supported him to find groups and activities in his local area. "I have more in common and more in-depth chats with Ken than I have with colleagues and friends of my own age."
Giving gifts of companionship
Joss wanted to volunteer at Christmas because he loves making new friends and spending time with people from other generations. “The day is filled with fun and laughter and joy, and it’s a great thing to be a part of.”
We're so grateful to the UWE paramedic students who have generously volunteered their time and skills to help us put together and deliver gifts for Marmalade Members across Bristol as part of our Christmas Cheer project.