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Our volunteers are priceless

It’s Volunteers’ Week and we will be celebrating this Wednesday with a special event being held at Southchurch Hall and Gardens to thank the many volunteers that support us.


We support people with mental health needs and learning disabilities, young people, and carers too, and would be lost without our dedicated volunteers that help. We currently have around 80 active volunteers, and volunteer counsellor Keiron recently spoke out about what it really means to support us in this way.

Keiron was made redundant in 2003 after 20 years as an Operations Manager at Westminster Council, and recalls facing a hard time coming to terms with the changes in his life. Now a qualified Life Coach, Keiron has trained to be a counsellor and has been volunteering to help us provide free counselling to carers living in Southend Borough. He said "It’s a fantastic organisation. The level of integrity is immense, and that’s so important to me.” 


At Trust Links, we provide a whole host of free support groups, a listening service, and counselling for carers in partnership with Southend Carers Hub, a consortium of local charities offering co-ordinated support to unpaid carers in Southend-on-Sea. Keiron has been a Volunteer Counsellor supporting carers since 2018, which has helped towards achieving a Diploma in Counselling.


However, despite completing his new qualifications, he will continue to volunteer as he himself cared for his Mum and understands just how challenging looking after a loved one can be. He said "I found there was very little support for carers and what support was out there was hard to get." For this reason Keiron plans to continue volunteering at Trust Links.

 

He continued "the level of gratitude we receive is overwhelming, and I am so glad I can help.”


Ann Gill, Trust Links’ Volunteer Coordinator added "Keiron joined us as a placement counsellor and since qualifying has stayed with us as a Volunteer Counsellor. He has enjoyed volunteering so much that he now also supports our members at their Art and Creative Writing group on a Tuesday afternoon too.”

She continued "Volunteers like Keiron are invaluable to Trust Links to enable us to support carers and people with poor mental health and learning disabilities for which we are extremely grateful.”


If you are a carer and would like more information about the support available, or to find out how you can volunteer and make a difference, call Trust Links on 01702 213134 or visit www.trustlinks.org.