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

Key statistics from 2017 – 2018:

  • 71% of members agreed or strongly agreed they had a positive attitude towards themselves after attending Growing Together sessions
  • 80% of members agreed or strongly agreed that they were learning new skills
  • 76% 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 would be lost without this place. I found a family that don’t care about my depression and see me like a part of them, which has really boosted my confidence. – 2018 Evaluation Report 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.

  • Inclusivity – everyone is welcome at our sites, regardless of age, identity, ability or race.
  • Sustainability – we’re committed to tackling climate change and encouraging healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Wellbeing – all of our projects are designed to help people manage their mental health and look after their wellbeing.
  • Connectivity – our projects connect people from across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford, and help people find a supportive community of understanding peers.
  • Empowering – we empower people to take control of their mental health by learning new skills, which can also lead to new employment and volunteering opportunities.

There’s people here you can talk to if you need to. I don’t feel like I’m at all an outcast. I feel like I fit in. -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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