Growing Together Thundersley has been developed by Trust Links in partnership with a wide range of agencies in the South East Essex Sustainability Group. Transforming the land from a flat piece of grass, we now have numerous raised beds, raised wildlife pond, log cabin, potting shed, accessible paths, herb garden and a large lawn area. We are basing the project on the very successful Growing Together projects in Westcliff and Shoeburyness. We know that the Growing Together projects improve mental health and wellbeing, physical health, quality of life, social inclusion, confidence and employment opportunities.
Growing Together Thundersley before and after
The Growing Together Thundersley project has been made possible with funding from Essex County Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia North Thames Trust, Act Foundation and support from many others. Working with Carers Choices, we are providing regular sessions for adults with dementia and learning disabilities. Fridays is our member day and adults with a range of mental health challenges and mild learning disabilities are welcome to attend, getting involved in a wide range of activities including planting, weeding, watering, painting and garden maintenance. We have taken over the Green House, next to the White House multiagency hub, and use this for tea breaks and tool storage. Part of the building will also be used for Carers Choices’ community café.
Planting begins at Growing Together Thundersley
Steve has been coming to Growing Together Thundersley since the beginning of the project last year. He says that he really enjoys it, meeting new people and gaining confidence. The project has helped him build the skills to develop his own gardening round for friends on Canvey Island during the week. Steve helped plant a tree at the garden last September at the beginning of our Walking Together sponsored walk (the 12 miles from Growing Together Thundersley to Growing Together Shoeburyness!). He is looking forward to helping to lead the walk on 17th September, this year which will take us from Growing Together Shoeburyness to Growing Together Thundersley!
The Green House provides a good indoor space, whatever the weather
The Green House at Growing Together Thundersley will also host courses and student union for the new South East Essex Recovery College, which launches in the Autumn. This exciting new initiative brings together existing mental health services across Rochford, Southend and Castle Point to provide a range of psychoeducational and vocational courses and social opportunities for adults with a wide range of mental health issues. It is essential that the Recovery College works closely with adults with living experience of mental health challenges and we are currently looking for people who will help with the co-delivery of courses, are interested in providing one to one peer support and developing the ‘student union’ offer. Volunteers are also needed to help shape the Recovery College strategy and planning as it evolves.
Growing Together Thundersley
Behind the Whitehouse
Tel: 01702 213 134
With thanks for funding and support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Essex County Council and Veolia North Thames Trust
10.00am - 3.00pm Member Day