This week, we welcomed around 100 people to the Cricketers pub in Westcliff-on-Sea for a Christmas meal, and thanks to a generous subsidiary from NatWest, all attendees paid a reduced price of just £5 for a Christmas meal and drink ensuring that the celebration was affordable for everyone.
Matt King, Chief Executive at Trust Links, said "Christmas is an expensive time of year for many, but getting together with friends is so important, especially for people going through a tough time. We are incredibly grateful to Nat West for making this celebration affordable for everyone we support.”
For many at Trust Links, the friendships discovered have become the strong social bonds that are needed at this time of year to feel valued and included within the festivities, and for people living with mental health problems, Christmas can be a challenging time of year.
Robert has been a member at Growing Together in Westcliff for over 8 years and currently cooks lunch twice a week. He said "I am a self-taught cook and my chicken and chorizo jambalaya is a favourite at Growing Together. I really enjoy socialising with others at Trust Links, but it is nice to not cook my own meal today.”
Ben has been coming to Trust Links for over 5 years and cooks with Robert in the Growing Together kitchen as part of his wellbeing journey. He added "it’s great getting to know people, Rob has taught me how to make a great sausage pasta bake!”
Not only do we provide therapeutic gardening opportunities at our Growing Together community gardens, but we also provide many other opportunities, like cooking, for people to feel empowered to manage their mental health in a more positive, and supportive environment. If you are interested in being a member, or a volunteer, or if you would like to make a donation to help us continue supporting people long into 2019, visit www.trustlinks.org