Loneliness Awareness Week

We are extremely proud of the fact that Marmalade Trust held it’s first Loneliness Awareness Week, from 12–16 June 2017. This ran-up to the national Jo Cox Loneliness Commission event 16-18 June. Below are the main events that happened during the week. We can’t wait plan future Loneliness Awareness Weeks.

The launch of our Marmalade Trust Loneliness Awareness Week badges

We’ve launched our first loneliness awareness badges. Loneliness has a stigma around it, and we want to try and end this by getting people to think about and talk about the issue more. Wear the badge as a symbol that you’re ready to have a conversation about loneliness. Keep an eye in the press and on our social media to find more on how to get one.

Film Premiere, Tuesday 13 June

We are thrilled that on Tuesday 13 June – there was an exclusive screening premiere of ‘Lorna’. Lorna is a look through the window of social isolation, and how changes within our society and technology are increasingly fuelling it. It is a film that delivers a resonating message about loneliness and poignantly brings the issue to light. Lorna, written and directed by filmmaker Lee Skelly, is based on a true story and we were delighted that both Lee and Helen were able to take part in a Q&A session.

The evening started with drinks at 18:30 at The Station on Silver Street, BS1 2AG, followed by the screening of Lorna at 19:00. Amy Perrin, Founder of Marmalade Trust, welcomed everyone and shared some exciting updates about our work.

All money raised from the event helps to fund the work of Marmalade Trust and Loneliness Awareness Week. Thank you for coming!

Marmalade in the Bearpit, Friday 16 June










Starting the conversation early…

We also ran our first loneliness awareness workshop and drawing competition at Victoria Park Primary School here in Bristol; a resounding success.

Get involved!

As you know, we’re a happy bunch here at Marmalade Trust, and Loneliness Awareness Week aims to help start discussions about how we can tackle loneliness, something so many of us can experience at times. By raising a little money to add to our pot too, we can turn our loneliness-combating ideas into meaningful community action.

If you’d like to take the reins and do some of your own fundraising for us – that’s amazing. Whether it’s a bake sale or ‘wear what you want to work’ day – let us know what you want to get up to. To help top-up our funds pot at any time, you can click here, or to donate £5 simply text: MARM15 £5 to 70075. Thank you!

During Loneliness Awareness Week, the Marmalade Trust office team will be putting in extra effort to start conversations or simply smile at people who could be experiencing sometimes debilitating loneliness. We hope you’ll be joining us.