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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.

Trust Links adds peer support activities to its services for Southend based unpaid carers  

Trust Links has added to its counselling and listening support services for all unpaid carers in the Southend Borough by launching a complementary programme of peer support activities.    
Being a carer of a loved one who is unwell can be extremely rewarding, but also very demanding, and can have a significant impact on your life.  Trust Links, which is a partner in the Southend Carers Hub, now offers a range of activities to bring carers together in a social environment with the aim of providing peer support.  Southend Carers Hub is a consortium of local charities offering co-ordinated support to unpaid carers in Southend. This complements the existing counselling and listening support which Trust Links has been providing carers for over 10 years.
The groups being run cover a wide range of activities to try and ensure we have ‘something for everyone’ including IT, walking, yoga, therapeutic digital arts, fitness, OCD and Anxiety Management and a monthly carers group.  
Anne Brennan, a local carer who attends a couple of the activities said "You can’t be a carer 100% of the time without consequences.  You need downtime, which this service provides.  It’s good to spend time with other carers.  We can share our short comings and have a laugh and joke before we go back to our caring roles.  It works like a pressure valve. I attend the Care to Read book group and the Anxiety Management group – both are excellent and both help me to relax and feel more positive about my caring role.”
Trust Links CEO Matt King who oversees the programme said "Being an unpaid carer for a family member is fulfilling, but can also be very demanding and often quite lonely.  At Trust Links we have launched this programme to provide carers with a place to meet people who share similar experiences.  Each activity has been selected to allow participants to be as social or reflective as they need on a given day. These activities complement the longstanding counselling services we provide”
The programme is funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

If interested in attending any of these activities or to find out more about Trust Links Carers services contact or call 01702 213134.

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.

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.


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