Trust Links
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01702 213134

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.

Our Crowdfunding campaign - We did it!

On 30th Nov 2017 we successfully raised £2,540 of £2,500 target!

Many thanks to everyone who donated, we managed to raise £2540 before the deadline, meaning the amount will be matched £1 for £1 by Comic Relief

Why our community pets are so important

We have four guinea pigs at Growing Together Shoeburyness and six chickens at Growing Together Westcliff.

We really see the benefits of animal care and interaction for adults and children that attend our Growing Together therapeutic gardening programmes in South East Essex.  Adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities find looking after animals to be relaxing and therapeutic, reducing stress and anxiety.  

Please take a minute to watch our campaign video below to see just how important our pets are to members and the local community.



With your help we can:

  • Buy food, bedding and enhance facilities for our four guinea pigs and six chickens
  • Provide training in pet therapy for staff
  • Pay for vet care and check ups
  • Install a duck house by our large wildlife pond at Growing Together Shoeburyness
  • Provide bird feeders, bird seed and viewing facilities at each of our sites 


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.

Carers Breakthrough

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.

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