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.
The Growing Together Shoeburyness project has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the country.
The garden is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.
"Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”
We will be hosting a flag raising open garden event for new prospective members on Tuesday 22 August.
We are celebrating being awarded £20,000 of funding from the Morrisons Foundation to purchase our first minibus. The purchase will enable us to provide increased access for service users to wellbeing courses which run at all 4 of our sites and allow more off site social activities and day trips.
Did you know that gardening allows you to work all of the major muscle groups to build strength and burn calories? It also has proven positive mental health and wellbeing benefits. Trust Links are launching a 12 week ‘Gardening Fit’ course to help participants become fitter and healthier by working on specific projects in the garden. The course starts on July 6th at both Trust Links Growing Together Rochford and Growing Together Thundersley sites.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Carers 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.
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