Resources: Befriending

Marmalade Trust

Marmalade Trust offers a vital link between lonely people and the communities and resources that can help them.

In a nutshell:

  • WHAT: We recognise and raise awareness of loneliness
  • HOW: We support and signpost people to new resources and communities
  • WHY: To empower people to make new friendships and connections

We have a positive and proactive approach to loneliness and we want to normalise the conversation around it. There is nothing wrong with feeling lonely: it’s just a lack of social connections. We aim to lose the stigma around loneliness and rather than seeing it as a negative, shameful or hopeless thing, we want to educate people to see loneliness as a blank canvas on which they can fill their lives with new friends and experiences.

We all feel lonely at some point but the good news is that it is entirely fixable. We are committed to changing the language of loneliness to make it a conversation about connections instead.

Time2Share

A local charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families, currently running a befriending scheme as well as other specialised activities.

Womankind

Womankind provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support. They specialise in depression, anxiety, acute crisis, domestic abuse and rape.