Castle Point’s Mayor Cllr Brian Wood launched new projects by local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links. The Mayor was delighted to see the establishment of a new Community Shed, providing positive activities for men and women in the Castle Point area. The charity has also erected a new green roof gazebo at Growing Together Thundersley, which includes several wildlife features to attract solitary bees and other pollinators. Trust Links also showcased new programmes for parents and for adults with mental health problems to help them into employment through work experience and employability training.
More than 100 people from the local area, including delivery agencies and residents, celebrated the lunch of the community projects at Growing Together Thundersley. The community garden was built three years ago and is open to the public on Mondays and Fridays, selling plants and local honey. Through the garden, Trust Links provides therapeutic gardening and horticultural training for adults with mental health problems and mild learning disabilities. The community shed project is open on Wednesdays and employability support schemes run on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Castle Point Mayor said "It is great to see initiatives such as this. It is really important that people get to learn skills such as woodwork and gardening. It is a great chance to meet other people too, helping to combat loneliness and isolation.”
Matt King, chief executive of Trust Links, said "We are delighted to launch these projects at Growing Together Thundersley. There is clear evidence that working with others, being outdoors with nature and learning new skills contributes to improved mental health and wellbeing. I would encourage local people to find out about what is going on at Growing Together Thundersley and get involved.”
Castle Point Mayor celebrates with the community at Growing Together Thundersley.
Cllr Brian Wood and Matt King