Their mission is to find and support isolated people to reconnect with society and enjoy better lives. They do this through a 4-stage process:
- Identify lonely people through an established referral network.
- Actively raise awareness about loneliness to reduce the stigma, encourage people who experience it to come forward and influence positive action to alleviate it. They launched the UK’s first Loneliness Awareness Week in 2017.
- Support those isolated in our region to attend their Christmas Day event, to reacquaint them with socialising/making friends.
- Run friendship projects that include one to one support to help them build confidence and make their own friends, join clubs and generally reach out to the community.
Marmalade Trust offer a vital link between lonely people and the communities and resources that can help them. They have two bi-annual events: the Christmas Day Lunch and Loneliness Awareness Week, which is held in June. They raise awareness of loneliness all year round to help people to reach out and make positive changes within their own lives and communities.