Our Impact

Trust Links supports a community of around 1,500 people per year to look after their mental health. Many more local people take part in our free community events and fundraising activities. One in four people will suffer with their mental health in their lifetimes, and we’re committed to ending the stigma around mental health and providing people with the support they need to live happier, healthier lives.

“I can’t think of anywhere else that’s as involved and as passionate with the members. I recommend this place to a lot of people, even if you’re not into gardening, it grows on you…” – Crystal, 2020 Evaluation participant

We measure our impact through our Evaluation Reports, which combine qualitative data reporting with detailed feedback from our participants. Co-production is at the core of our workshops and training courses. All members, volunteers and staff play an active role in delivering our projects.

Read the 2020 Growing Together Evaluation Report

Key statistics from 2020:

  • 67% of members agreed or strongly agreed they had a positive attitude towards themselves after attending Growing Together sessions
  • 83% of members agreed or strongly agreed that they were learning new skills
  • 79% of members agreed or strongly agreed that they were improving or maintaining their physical fitness

We aim to make people feel connected to a consistent network of support, which helps combat loneliness and improves wellbeing.

“I’ve always suffered from loneliness, but coming [to Growing Together] has taught me how to communicate with people.” – Tracey, 2020 Evaluation participant

Our core values

At Trust Links, we bring positive change to people’s lives by providing support for people living with mental health problems and mild learning disabilities. We encourage people to learn new skills and ways to manage your mental health to promote positive wellbeing. We do this by following five core values, which underpin all of our work across each of our projects.

  • Inclusive – welcoming and respectful. We value and celebrate the unique and diverse talents, experiences and perspectives of everyone, and treat our participants, partners, donors and each other with sensitivity and respect.
  • Together – focus on recovery, growth and empowerment. Achieved through building on existing strengths, learning, and working together, recognising everyone has something to contribute. Collaboration through co-production and peer to peer support is at the
    heart of everything we do. Our projects aim to help people live better lives by promoting independence and teaching them how to manage their mental health and find support.
  • Rooted in our community – At Trust Links we aim to make a difference to our local community and forge links to help with the delivery of our organisation and projects. We are adaptive and continuously improving our high-quality services to respond to local needs.
  • Environment – Nature and nurture. Working with nature benefits our wellbeing, as well as the community we live in. At Trust Links we understand that if we take care of the environment it takes care of us. Our practices and projects reflect our commitment to sustainability, our responsibility to the environment and the transformative power of nature.

I think without this place it would be a difficult life. [Trust Links] has made a difficult life to become manageable. – 2018 Evaluation participant

If you would like to discuss our impact further, or find out how you can get involved with our work, contact us on 01702 213 134 or email admin-support@trustlinks.org.

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