Make a referral

Do you know someone who would like to join us on Christmas Day?


At Marmalade Trust we work closely with local health professionals, public sector organisations, charities and community groups to support lonely and isolated people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

We do not want anyone who does not want to spend Christmas Day alone, to be on their own, so we organise Christmas Day lunches in pubs and restaurants around Bristol, South Glos and North Somerset. We have friendly Marmalade Trust volunteers who collect our guests from their own home and drive them to one of our host venues where they enjoy a free meal with their own Marmalade family (up to 20 people per venue). Each guest is then returned safely home afterwards.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from attending one of our Christmas Day lunches, you can refer them to us by completing the online form below:

Unfortunately, we are now full for Christmas 2019

Alternatively you can refer yourself/someone to us by completing one of the forms below and then emailing it to

Our main referral criteria is as follows:

  • The person would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day
  • Their health and well-being is affected by loneliness
  • They’re over 18 years of age
  • The person has a residential address (excluding nursing or residential homes)

As a volunteer-led organisation, we regret we do not have the expertise to accept referrals from people who have issues with substance misuse or dependency.  Please be aware that some excellent services are available to support those who are homeless, you can find out more from Caring in Bristol and the Salvation Army.

To help with our planning and organisation we would appreciate receiving referrals as early as possible, and by 1st December 2019 at the latest. However, we appreciate that some referrals may come in later than this and we will do everything to accommodate the person. If you have any queries about making a referral please do not hesitate to contact us.

“The food was excellent. A very pleasant day with nice people. I am very pleased with the unexpected Christmas present. The volunteers were very helpful and friendly and the venue was comfortable and welcoming.” (Martin, Christmas Day 2017)

“The food was very good and I enjoyed the company. It was really lovely to have somewhere to go and people to be with on Christmas Day.” (Margaret, Christmas Day 2017)

We believe anyone can experience loneliness, and giving companionship on Christmas Day is a great place to start to reconnect people.