The Dolphin Society supports The Marmalade Trust

Helping the lonely at Christmas

“We were delighted to support The Marmalade Trust in their Christmas Day lunch scheme. Our charity provides support for the elderly and disabled in need and we have seen first-hand the impact of loneliness and how this can be even more devastating during an extended holiday and festive period. We are very pleased to be working with The Marmalade Trust to help provide Christmas day lunches and a social event for those in need – everyone should have somewhere to go and someone to talk to during the holiday season”

Vanessa Moon President of the Dolphin Society (2017/2018)

"Marmalade Trust are very grateful for the support received from the Dolphin Society.  We are taking 135 people who would otherwise be on their own, out this Christmas Day, across 9 venues in the Bristol region.  This donation will help us to provide the lunch, transport and gift hamper to the guests free of charge.  Thank you" 

Amy Perrin, Founder, Marmalade Trust

Photos from the Marmalade Christmas Day lunch scheme

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"Meeting new friends and enjoying a fantastic lunch with company. My volunteer was extremely kind and I was made to feel safe in every way"


"The food was very good and I enjoyed the company. It is really lovely to have somewhere to go and people to be with on Christmas Day"


Senior Citizen Liason Team (SCLT)


"To be able to support the Senior Citizen Liaison Team Charity (SCLT) with their protective, crime-prevention services is something that our charity feels very passionate about. It is unfortunate that in today’s society it is common for our older residents to experience wrongdoing and fraud from the hands of heartless criminals. Therefore, by highlighting the importance of educating the most vulnerable members of our community, SCLT are able to have their services accessible to tens of thousands of vulnerable older adults."

Vanessa Moon President of the Dolphin Society (2017/2018)

"We are a small charity who aim to punch very much above our weight, in respect to the impact that we make in the senior safety field. We are therefore deeply grateful to The Dolphin Society for this very generous grant, which has allowed us to purchase some very much needed, state-of-the-art equipment for our Public Presentation Team. It means that we will be able to deliver our fraud prevention presentations to even more vulnerable and elderly citizens in the years to come."

Ashley Jones Chair of Trustee Team and Lead Volunteer for SCLT

Bristol Older People's Funding Alliance

The Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance will award transformation grants of up to £15,000 to organisations that deliver vital services to older people in the local area, such as those that tackle loneliness and isolation.

“We are delighted to be part of this joint initiative, which aligns perfectly with our charitable objectives to support the elderly and disabled in Bristol to live independently and safely in their own homes. It is also a great opportunity for all the societies to work together with the sole aim of helping worthwhile projects become more sustainable.”

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Vanessa Moon President of the Dolphin Society (2017/2018)

BS3 Community, Southville Centre

Vanessa Moon chatting with Bertram Buckle when she visited the Monday Club at the Southville Centre, where she was able to meet Simon Hankins and Ruth Green as well spend some time with the members. She also brought them some lovely cakes which were enjoyed!

Golden Agers Group at Parkway Methodist Church

Vanessa Moon met with Lovinia McLean and Mavis Campbell when she visited the Golden Agers Group to raise awareness about Pendant Alarms. This was one of a number of visits to groups that support older and disabled people made this month, to talk to them about the Dolphin Society and how they could help.

Vanessa with Ms Gloria Morris and Ms M Thompson also from the Golden Agers Group.

The Dolphin, Grateful and Anchor Presidents Meet

President of the Dolphin Society, Vanessa Moon met with President Steven West CBE (Anchor) and President David Powell (Grateful) to ensure that best practice is shared between the three societies.

A meeting between Dolphin, Anchor and Grateful regularly take place as the societies independently work hard to raise monies and ensure that good causes involving the elderly in and around Bristol continue to be supported. 

The Evergreen Group at Easton Community Centre

The Dolphin Society's President-elect-in-waiting, Mimi Avery also took part in the visits meeting with the Evergreen Group who are based in Easton. Here she is pictured with Louise White and Laceita Powell.

L Dyers and G Ferguson also with the Evergreen Group, taking time out to read through the Dolphin Society leaflets on independent living.

Bristol Black Carers 

Vanessa presented flowers to Annderloris Chacon, Manager of the Bristol Black Carers, to thank her for all her support to her and The Dolphin Society.

Dolphin Society meets with We Care and Repair to talk strategy! April 2018

From left to right: John Hollingdale Immediate Past President Dolphin Society; Vanessa Moon current President Dolphin Society; Sean Hollinswaite Administrator; Dan Lyus Director of Development and Operations We Care and Repair and Kevin Snowball Chief Executive We Care and Repair.

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group

Vanessa Moon met Rosa Hui MBE DL from the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group based in the Vassall Centre in Fishponds.

Redcliffe Lunch Club

Vanessa met with the Redcliffe Lunch Club to introduce the Dolphin Society and our pendant scheme. 

BS3 Community

Vanessa Moon presenting information on The Dolphin Society to the BS3 Community in Southville, Bristol.

Having fun at the Children's Scrapstore, Bristol

From left to right - Vanessa visited the Children's Scrapstore in Bristol with Angelina Shoemake from St Monica Trust, and met with Kate Fowler (CEO) and Kirsty Wilson (Deputy CEO).

WE Care & Repair

Alan Holly, one of WE Care & Repair's tradespeople, stopped by to say a quick hello on his way to a Dolphin call. You can find out more about WE Care and Repair here.

Donation to the Downend Film Club

The Dolphin Society recognises that life is about so much more than just feeling safe and supported in one’s own home. We were very happy therefore to support the setting up of a Film Club in Downend, building on the success of the Henleaze Film Club which was set up by John Moore from Home Instead.

From L to R: Maggie Nichols - from the office at Parish Hall, Christ Church, Downend, John Moore - Director of Home Instead, Vanessa Moon - President of The Dolphin Society, Elissa Wiltshire - Parish Administrator

Meeting the ladies from Dhek Bhal in Barton Hill

Vanessa Moon, President and Mimi Avery, President-elect-in-waiting visited Dhek Bhal in Barton Hill to find out more about them and to talk to them about the Dolphin Society and how the society can assist those who wish to live independently in their own homes. Vanessa and Mimi enjoyed fish, chips and peas while chatting to the ladies over lunch.

From L-R: Vanessa Moon, Sindhumati George, Gurdial Kaur, Shamin Sulzmann and Sheila Ajaz

From L-R: Dusneen Aksdar, Gurdial Kaur, Rashida Begum and Vanessa Moon

The Dolphin, Grateful and Anchor Societies, along with the John James Foundation supports the Life Cycle Team in Bristol

L-R: John Haworth, Vice Chair, John James Foundation; David Powell, President & Richard Pendlebury, Chief Executive of Anchor Society; Vanessa Moon, President, Dolphin Society with Ed Norton, Development Manager & Poppy Brett, Chief Executive of Life Cycle UK.

Life Cycle UK, who promote cycling for the over 50's, has received a donation from the 3 societies and the John James Foundation, who are part of the Older People's Alliance, which comprises a number of local agencies and funds.

The Dolphin, Grateful and Anchor Societies donate to The Harbour, Bristol

L-R: Colin Levine, Fundraising Manager & Sam Thomas, Chief Executive of The Harbour; Vanessa Moon, President, Dolphin Society and Richard Pendlebury, Chief Executive & David Powell, President of the Anchor Society

The Harbour, who identify bereaved people who would benefit from counselling, also picked up a donation from the 3 societies, as part of the Older People's Alliance.

Meeting the men from Dhek Bhal in Barton Hill

Vanessa Moon, President and Sean Hollinswaite, Administrator for the Dolphin Society, returned to Dhek Bhal in Barton Hill to meet with the men's club. This time they enjoyed a delicious curry while chatting to the men about the Society over lunch.

L-R: Mr Amir Ahamed, Mr Sheikh Nazir and Vanessa Moon, President.

Vanessa visited the Bristol Black Carers in St Pauls following donation from the Dolphin Society

Photo above shows: Anndeloris Chacon (standing), Hazel Bailey (Dolphin client) and Tina Johnson-Martin.

Photo below was taken during lunch and discussions regarding the Dolphin Society.

Vanessa meets with Avon Indian Community Organisation to talk pendant alarms.

With Mrs Ila Shrimanker at the Casson Centre, Patchway.

Dolphin President Vanessa and Administrator Sean at BAME Carers' Information Day at City Hall on Wednesday 17th October.

Dolphin President Vanessa and Administrator Sean at BAME Carers' Information Day at City Hall on Wednesday 17th October