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Trust Links unveil new 'Remembering Bench' at launch of new Community Shed

As demand has grown for our Community Shed at Growing Together Thundersley, we were proud to launch an additional opening day for Community Shedders. Trust Links now supports over 1,500 people a year across Southend, Rochford and Castle Point, and the Community Shed has proved a big hit for people who enjoy working on DIY projects in a friendly, supportive environment.

Items made at the Community Shed are either used in our therapeutic gardens, or they are sold for a donation. The Shedders were recently approached by a local carer, who asked whether they could make a ‘Remembering Bench’. This request came after 34-year old Daniel, who has Down Syndrome, was struggling to cope with the loss of friends that had passed away. The Shedders were only too happy to oblige.

Thanks to a kind donation from Southend Mencap, our Shed volunteers were able to design and build a bespoke bench. Cllr Colin Riley, Castle Point Mayor, unveiled the ‘Remembering Bench’ on the same day that the Shedders launched their new session. A representative from Southend Mencap spoke about the importance of having a safe place to grieve and the benefits of the bench being situated amongst Trust Links’ tranquil community gardens. Daniel sang for the guests with his fellow musicians from the Music Man Project – Essex.

Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links, said: "we were delighted to be able to work with Southend Mencap and the Music Man Project to make the unveiling of this new bench such an enjoyable experience and real celebration of life. Growing Together Thundersley is open for anyone to enjoy and we hope many will use the new bench to remember friends and loved ones that they miss.”

He continued, "We are very grateful to Southend Mencap for their donation towards the materials, and of course our Shedders who did a superb job building such a wonderful addition to our community garden.”

For more information about the Trust Links Community Shed call 01702 213134 or drop into Growing Together Thundersley on Monday or Wednesday’s between 9.30am and 3.30pm.