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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.

Grow It, Cook It, Eat It! 

Local people will have a great opportunity to put their New Year’s Resolutions into action in January with the Grow It, Cook It, Eat It courses being run by local charity Trust Links. The course will be a fun and engaging session giving people the opportunity to learn to grow vegetables, basic cooking skills and a chance to eat something healthy as a group. Course members will learn to grow and harvest winter and spring vegetables such as kale, spinach, pak choi and broad beans and discover how to turn them into tasty treats.
The two and a half hour course will run in Thundersley on Thursday mornings and will be repeated in Rochford on Thursday afternoons. The courses will be based at the charity’s new Growing Together community garden in Thundersley, which is behind Castle Point Borough Council offices, and use the new facilities there. In Rochford the course will be based at 34 Rocheway, the former Disability Essex building and gardens, which also showcases environmental and sustainable building methods.
Matt King, CEO of Trust Links, said: "We are really looking forward to running these courses. It is really satisfying to see things grow from seed, harvest them and cook and eat them. This course will provide a great introduction for local people to see the whole process through and then eat together each week. I am sure that they will be greatly enjoyed by all involved.” The courses are supported by Public Health in Castle Point and Rochford.
Trust Links aims to improve health and wellbeing through a range of projects including its Growing Together therapeutic community gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Thundersley and Rochford. Trust Links also supports carers and school groups through positive activities and community support.

Places for the courses are limited, so you are encouraged to sign up today by calling 01702 213134.

Christmas Fair a great success

Our Westcliff Community Garden was full of Christmas cheer with more than 200 visitors joining in the Christmas celebrations. Father and Mother Christmas welcomed dozens of children to the grotto, which was in the ‘outdoor classroom’ at Growing Together – a room made from a converted shipping container with a living roof and insect habitats built into the walls. Homemade crafts were sold out and there was a lovely selection of homemade cakes and mince pies, made by our lovely volunteers. Plenty of hot dogs were consumed, plants and local honey sold and carols were sung! The Fair made nearly £800 for the charity.
Matt King, CEO of Trust Links, said "It was great to kick off the festive season with our annual Christmas Fair. Our volunteers, members and staff pulled out all of the stops to make the day such a success and so enjoyable for the whole community. The funding will be a great boost to help us support more members with mental health problems in the local area.”
Growing Together is run by Trust Links, which is a local independent charity and runs Growing Together community gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Thundersley and Rochford. The therapeutic community gardens provide training and support for members with mental health problems and learning disabilities and welcome volunteers to support members.
If you would like to know more about volunteering at Growing Together or getting involved with the charity, please call Trust Links on 01702 213134 or find us on Facebook



We are recruiting

Trust Links currently have vacancies for a Communications Officer and a Project Development Manager.

Click on the Jobs tab at the top of this page for more


Thank you to the lovely Val for donating three new chickens to Growing Together Westcliff to add to our flock. They are already laying! They will be well looked after by our members and volunteers!


Trust Links annual Apple Day at St Laurence Orchard saw more than 100 people go scrumping!

All Apple iPhones were set aside as children took part in crushing apples and turning them into juice through the old fashioned Apple press, while adults got to taste up to 34 different varieties of fruit.
The orchard was established by soldiers returning from WWI and every year it's open to the public to gather windfalls and pick whatever apples they want.
Chief Executive Matt King said; "we raised £300 and had the support of volunteers, South East Essex Organic Gardeners, Sainsburys staff who ran a tombola, Southend in Transition, The Dormouse Society and our own beekeeper."
Honey from the orchard, hot donuts and a bbq were also available.
To take part in the quarterly St Laurence Orchard Working parties email or check out TrustLinksLtd on Facebook

 More videos added!

More 'Heritage' videos added to our site; Part 6 - Trees here, and Part 7 - Bees here.
And a new GT Shoebury video here

Growing Together Thundersley launched by Essex County Chairman

Trust Links Growing Together Thundersley is officially open after the Chairman of Essex County Council Cllr John Aldridge cut the ribbon on Friday July 22nd.
Cllr Aldridge said: "I am so impressed to see how a waste piece of ground has been turned into an area of wide pathways, raised beds and tranquillity for the community to enjoy. So many people will benefit from the work that Trust Links does providing therapeutic gardening for those with mental and physical illness and carers who just need bit of a break. Increasingly people are facing challenges in their lives and Trust Links gardens offer respite and that bit of peace and quiet that everyone needs at some point.”




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.


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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