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.
Places for the courses are limited, so you are encouraged to sign up today by calling 01702 213134.
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 www.facebook.com/trustlinksltd
Trust Links currently have vacancies for a Communications Officer and a Project Development Manager.
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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!
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.
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.
Carers 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.
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