2020/2021 President David Pople, pictured with Marmalade Trust Founder and CEO, Amy Perrin. The Dolphin Society is pleased to be able to support the Marmalade Trust enabling them to bring Christmas joy and companionship to the most isolated elderly people, particularly during lockdowns and social distancing.
Thanks to donations, the Marmalade Trust were able to train 179 volunteers who were matched with older people identifying as lonely, enabling support to continue into the New Year
2021 President David Pople pictured with Saed Ali, Zahra Kosar and Abdullahi Farah from the Bristol Somali Resource Centre at their Barton Hill centre. The Dolphin Society donated £10,000 to support isolated elders in the Somali community. Mental Health Co-ordinator Zahra described how the group had to adapt to using one to one phone sessions and group Zoom meetings during the pandemic where face to face meetings were impossible. These sessions encouraged exercise and healthier lifestyles for shielding older people with multiple health conditions; promoted dementia awareness; encouraged reminiscence sessions and offered independent living workshops.
2020 President Mimi Avery pleased to support North Bristol Advice Centre - pictured here with CEO Sally Gapper
2020 President Mimi Avery meeting with the Evergreen Group, based in Easton. Here pictured with Louise White and Laceita Powell.
2019 President Frank Smith with Bristol Lord Mayor Jos Clark & Home from Hospital Technician Pete Bryant.
2019 President Frank Smith at St. Peter's Hospice with Clare Barton, Deputy Director - Patient Care, Samantha Marshall, Senior Occupational Therapist and Home from Hospital Technician - Pete Bryant.
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.”
2018 President Vanessa Moon
2018 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 telecare. This was one of a number of visits to groups that support older and disabled people to talk to them about the Dolphin Society and assistance we provide.
Vanessa with Ms Gloria Morris and Ms M Thompson also from the Golden Agers Group.
2018 The Evergreen Group at Easton Community Centre
L Dyers and G Ferguson also with the Evergreen Group, taking time out to read through the Dolphin Society leaflets on independent living.
Donation to Downend Film Club SILVER SCREEN – Film and Friendship
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 fund 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.
We were pleased to learn of the continuing popularity of Downend Film Club which we supported in its second year. The second Monday afternoon of the month sees up to 45 people gather in Christ Church Parish Hall to enjoy refreshments and a good film.
Having recently relocated from Solihull to be nearer family, 89 year old Raymond and wife Betty from Downend said they love coming out to meet new people. “It’s definitely a good idea,” said Raymond, “I’m able to get out and come in my buggy while my wife gets the bus."
Meeting Dhek Bhal in Barton Hill
2018 President, Vanessa Moon and 2020 President, Mimi Avery visited Dhek Bhal in Barton Hill to find out more about their organisation 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.
L-R: Mr Amir Ahamed, Mr Sheikh Nazir and Vanessa Moon
From L-R: Vanessa Moon, Sindhumati George, Gurdial Kaur, Shamin Sulzmann and Sheila Ajaz
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.
2018 Visit to Bristol Black Carers in St Pauls following donation from the Dolphin Society
Photo above: Anndeloris Chacon (standing), Hazel Bailey (Dolphin client) and Tina Johnson-Martin.