Self refer – become a Member (of our Marmalade family)
Here at Marmalade Trust, we support those whose health and wellbeing is being affected by loneliness. We run our Christmas Day lunches to provide company to people who would otherwise be on their own. Often these are people who are the most isolated and vulnerable to loneliness. Each person becomes a Member of our Marmalade family and is invited to join us for lunch on Christmas Day every year.
We’ve found that people who are alone on Christmas Day are likely to experience loneliness during the rest of the year so we therefore aim to support those people back into social contact throughout the rest of the year.
How to Become a Member
At Marmalade Trust we know that loneliness can affect anyone, which is why we are here to provide support and friendship.
If you live in Bristol or South Gloucestershire and you will be on your own on Christmas Day, then you could come along to one of our special free Christmas Day lunches.
How it works
- If you are interested in becoming a Marmalade Member and joining us for lunch on Christmas Day please call us on 07566 244 788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can find out a little about you and provide further details about the lunch.
- If you decide that you’d like to join us on Christmas Day, you will be given the name of a lovely Marmalade volunteer who will call you regularly and arrange everything to do with the day, including asking for your meal choices and making arrangements to collect you from your home on the day.
- On Christmas Day your volunteer driver will pick you up from your home and take you to one of our host pubs or restaurants where you will enjoy a Christmas Day lunch with our other Members.
- At the end of the meal your volunteer driver will drive you safely home again.
Our lunches are held at local restaurants and pubs and there are always a few friendly Marmalade volunteers around to help out. Our lunches are a lovely way for you to meet new people, enjoy some company and a free Christmas Day lunch. We keep the groups small and friendly.
Call or text us on: 07566 244788
Email us on: email@example.com.
Write to us at: Amy Perrin, Marmalade Trust, c/o NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator, RBS Building, Avon Street, Trinity Quay, Bristol BS2 0PT
What our previous members have said:
This is what Sue one of our volunteers has to say:
I love getting into the Christmas spirit and since my kids have left home, I love sharing it with others. Last year, I got matched with Irene who lived close to me, she was a little nervous about coming out with strangers on Christmas day – and I totally understand that. I called her weekly during December to find out what she wanted to eat and arrange what time I would collect her. We both got very excited about spending the day together.
On Christmas day, I picked Irene up at 11.30, we had a nice drive over to the restaurant and arrived at 12pm. Irene and I hadn’t met anyone else before, so we were both a bit nervous. We were greeted by lots of welcoming faces – wishing us a happy Christmas, taking our coats and finding us a seat.
Before we knew it, it was 2.30pm and time to leave. I took Irene home – a very full and happy lady!”
“Everything was lovely and the helpers so nice and friendly and helpful. I also liked the size of the group and the nice people” – Elizabeth
“Everything was excellent.” – Reg