The Jolly Dollies are an organisation started by widows for widows.

The Jolly Dollies are a growing National Community started by widows for widows.

We are a support network for women who have lost their life partners and are on the same emotional journey .

Together we have found a sense of belonging, understanding and friendship that only those who have been there can know.

The Jolly Dollies know the period of bereavement and how we handle it is different for everyone but the time does come for most of us when we feel confident enough to pick up our social lives. Question is ‘how can we do that? How can we start socialising again’?

We charge a nominal annual fee of £20 to help cover our costs. This is paid by Direct Debit when you register. Of course you can cancel at any time.

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Benefits of joining us today…

Our main objective is to help widows regain a social life through friendship and social events. Our aim is to connect widows locally and nationally, reaching those who want and deserve a full, happy and supportive social life.

Often after the loss of our partner in life it is very difficult to know where to start when we are trying to return to social situations.

The Jolly Dollies membership has a number of varied benefits, from belonging to a group of women who completely understand to chatting to members nationwide. We have a Travel Club where we organise holidays for our members. Our wonderful Coordinators organise lunches, dinners, coffee mornings, theatre visits etc.

The greatest benefit of being a Jolly Dollies member is belonging to a group of women of all ages, who meet in local groups for social events organised by our members. We get together, support each other, chat and give ourselves permission to be jolly and have fun.

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Where are we…

Here are our counties in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands.  They are all listed for you to see where we are based.  If you look at Find Members you will be able to see where the groups are in these counties..


Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire

Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Cumbria

Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset



Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire


Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London

Merseyside, Milton Keynes

Norfolk, North Somerset, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire


Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex

Tyne & Wear

Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire







Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire


Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Conwy

Mid Glamorgan






Channel Islands


What our members have to say...

"Whole set of new friends"

Without the JD Social Network I would have never have met some of my best friends that I have ever had the privilege of meeting. A big thankyou for showing myself and thousands of other Jolly Dollies that we can smile, laugh, have fun, make ...

Lavinia Somerset JDs

"A wonderful group!"

A wonderful group of women, the friendship of a lot of widows who, without The Jolly Dollies would have been struggling.

Rhoda Devon JDs

"It’s a big step to join!"

One I haven't regretted for a minute since my husband died in 2014. None of us want to be in this exclusive club but to be with ladies who totally understand, if you want to cry, cry, if you want to laugh, laugh, you are not judged at all. ...

Christine West Sussex & Devon JDs

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