Trust Links Thundersley’s refurb is underway thanks to support from local businesses.

Trust Links Thundersley’s refurb is underway thanks to support from local businesses.

Staff from construction company Kier have been donating time, expertise, and money into developing and refurbishing our building and community area at Trust Links Thundersley.

Trust Links CEO Matt joins Rachel from Kier at the site
Trust Links CEO Matt joins Rachel from Kier at the site

Our Thundersley site is used by approximately 100 Trust Links members per week for mental health and wellbeing groups with REACH Recovery College, and vital youth and family services.

But after years of use from our wellbeing projects, the space had become run-down and needed a transformation to make it usable once more. In May the Kier team began their generous work, knocking down walls, replacing doorways, building in a new toilet, and much more.

Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links said:

“We are really grateful to Kier for the amazing work that they have been doing to transform a neglected space into a wonderful facility. The newly refurbished space will be a fantastic asset for Trust Links. The kitchen and main room will be enjoyed by the young people, adults with mental health issues and other members of the community each week. At Trust Links we aim to improve mental health and wellbeing, and we are so thankful to Kier and the other companies that have made this refurbishment possible, in turn helping us to help more people.”

Rachel from Kier paints at Thundersley
Rachel from Kier paints at Thundersley

Rachel Newell, Kier Corporate Social Responsibility Manager said “At Kier, we are committed to  leaving a positive lasting legacy in the communities we work in, so together withour supply chain are so excited to be supporting Trust Links with the renovation of their community centre in Thundersley. None of this would have been possible without the energy and commitment of Ian Addis, Project Manager at Kier. We are very proud of Ian for leading this project and leaving a positive legacy in our local community.”

Once the new facilities are complete, Trust Links members will be able to undertake a number of courses including cooking, enabling them to cook healthier and cost effective meals at home.  They will also have a safer, warmer place to meet and focus on the issues they are working through such as anxiety and confidence building.  The youth groups will also benefit from a much larger space to enable them to do a wider range of activities including crafts, indoor sports and wellbeing sessions.

Trust Links would also like to thank the other businesses who are supporting the development of the Thundersley site through donations of time, labour and materials including Gainsborough Carpets, money donations from Railscape, Austin Matthews Group, Hawthorn Interiors, Spiers Decorators, Faber Bespoke Carpentry, Roofers of Maldon, Dulux Decorator Centre Rayleigh, Mr Windows, Houghton Renewables, Wickes Rayleigh, Morrison, Homebase Rayleigh, M.P.S Painting and Decorating, Hughes Rayleigh, Coop Pitsea, and the selection of volunteers who have given their time. 

Martin from MPS Painting and Decorating tackles wallpaper
Gainsborough Carpets finish fitting carpets
Ian Addis project Manager on the right and a volunteer supplied by Kier construction