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Trust Links is Southend’s local, independent charity for wellbeing

Trust Links works across the community with schools, youth groups, carers and social care professionals

Trust Links offers support to carers through a variety of activities and advice

Welcome to Trust Links

Trust Links is Southend’s charity for wellbeing and mental health support. Through our Growing Together Gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness and our new site in Thundersley, we offer therapeutic gardening and other services to help people through difficult times and find a path to recovery. But we also do so much more. Find out about our orchard, our work with schools and young people, how you can get involved and the many events we run through the year.

 Don’t just vote in the Referendum – vote for Trust Links too!

Trust Links is picked for Sainsbury’s Local Charity bonus – vote for us!

Thursday 23rd may be the crucial vote for the EU referendum,  but Trust Links needs your vote too.We have won a coveted nomination to benefit from the Sainsbury’s Local Charity fund.
On the day that the first strawberry crop was picked at Growing Together Westcliff, Trust Links learnt it had also been picked at three different Sainsbury’s stores -  BUT it’s down to who gets the most votes as to which charity gets the cash. So every vote counts online at where Trust Links is now in the running at Sainsbury's Southend (Queensway), Rayleigh Weir and Shoeburyness Garrison.
Chief Executive Matt King said: "Charities were invited to make a presentation to Sainsbury’s which we did and we are thrilled to receive not one but three nominations. However, the hard work really begins now which is getting people to vote for Trust Links not just the Referendum! If everyone who turns out to vote on Thursday goes home and votes for us online that would be a huge boost.”
With three separate nominations at three separate stores, people need to log on and vote for each Sainsbury’s shop nomination individually.

Organically grown £3 veggie bags

 Trust Links £3 Veggie bags and boxes have proved a sell out day after day with people dropping into the Growing Together Westcliff garden (junction of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) to collect the organically grown produce which is available only while Mother Nature says so! Wild garlic leaves, horseradish, radish, pak choi, rhubarb, broad beans and herbs are just some of the items available

              Organically grown, cheap as chips and so much better for you!

There’s no need to order online or pay over the top at the Deli. The produce we supply is  tended by our members as part of the charity’s work and tastes delicious.

We offer everyone the chance to order and collect their own organically grown supplies for just £3.

The Veggie Bags can be ordered direct from TrustLinks on 01702 213134 and collected at any time. Each contains a mixed selection of freshly picked-from-the-garden salad and vegetables ready to eat.

To see what is currently available visit our Facebook page here



Nature Photography

Trust Links welcomes people at its gardens to come and photograph the best of nature. Growing Together Westcliff (junction of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) has chickens roosting, a dove nesting, a fox resting and organically grown produce blooming! Open daily from 9am-4pm, Growing Together Shoeburyness is open for people who would prefer to take Nature photographs there where a large pond and various pathways provide an area of tranquillity and rest. For more details about Trust Links gardens call 01702 213 134 or check out our Facebook page here.



Carers Week  - June 6 - 12

Carers Week ran from June 6 – 12 with various events taking place. As Carers know, looking after loved ones is not about one week a year but is a round the clock, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year job.
Supporting the people who support others is part of the remit for TrustLinks, our Chief Executive Matt King said: "The gardens are open to anyone from 10-4.30pm and provide a real haven for people to come and enjoy or join in. Looking after someone is time consuming and life consuming. We often find carers have lost a sense of their own life and identity with the dedication that have to another. We can help support them to find time to be themselves and get a break through the therapeutic gardens.”
 To meet this need Trustlinks offers Carers Breakthrough – a project for any adult carer of somebody experiencing mental health problems, including dementia. Open to Southend on Sea residents the service offers:
** one to one informal listening services
** information on connecting with other services to form a network of additional support
** therapeutic counselling services
** holistic self help group offering free yoga and anxiety, stress and self esteem Mindfulness guidance
** OCD self help group
 Matt King added: "Those who care, for those who need care, often find their social life declines and we aim to help carers reconnect to their own lives finding ways to meet up with others who understand but can really be effective in making a difference and building new ways to be both a Carer and an individual.”

Grow Your Own Vegetables & Garden Design Course - FREE limited places

Trust Links & Southend Adult Community College have joined forces to offer two new free courses – "Grow Your Own Vegetables” and "Garden Design”.
Our garden experts, Annette and Tracey have years of experience which will be shared on a structured six week programme.
The courses are offered free of charge as part of SACC’s Ways to Wellbeing programme. Those wishing to take part need to register with SACC and feel that they will benefit from the course - perhaps life is getting them down, or they have anxiety, depression or stress. This does not have to be formally diagnosed so anyone can register for themselves.
The idea is that these courses will help improve how people feel by being outdoors, meeting new people, learning new skills that can be put to use and build confidence.
Grow Your Own Vegetables offers all sorts of ideas for everyone regardless of how large or small their outdoor space is. While Garden Design covers doing your own garden survey and drawing up a base plan of a garden to scale to include beds, seating areas and growing areas.
Both courses take place at Trust Links Growing Together garden at 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff
To register contact Southend Adult Community College email or call Clare on 01702 444 584 or text 07798 617 854
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Refer someone to Trust Links

If you or someone you care for is experiencing mental health worries, we may be able to help. Contact us on 01702 213134, email us on or call in to the Westcliff site to talk to one of our staff. Or ask your healthcare provider to refer you or them to us.

Is Trust Links for me?

Growing Together can offer the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills, undertake training, gain qualifications and find employment. Carers Breakthrough can support those that care for people with mental health problems in Southend borough through counselling, advice, information and support groups.

Keep on Learning with Trust Links and Seevic

We have teamed up with Seevic to run some courses and workshops during 2016. There are one-off sessions for families or short courses for adults. You can learn garden design or practical carpentry. You can find out how to start growing your own vegetables or get creative with arts and crafts. The courses will take place at our new site, Growing Together Thundersley which is next door to Seevic, behind The White House, or at Seevic.

To find out more about these courses, please go to or call Trust Links on 01702 213134.


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Carers BreakthroughCarers Breakthrough is a project for any adult carer of somebody experiencing mental health problems. The scheme is open to anybody who is a resident in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

Growing Together

We have three Growing Together community gardens in south east Essex encouraging socialisation, building confidence, providing education and training and growing communities, whilst transforming empty and overgrown plots of land into beautiful and productive gardens