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Trust Links is a local charity that aims to support people and build communities. Please explore our website and learn more about how a derelict piece of land in Southend-on-sea was transformed into a community garden and the services it now provides to the local population.

Afternoon Tea & Open Garden

Growing Together in Westcliff hosted an Afternoon Tea for 22 visitors on Wednesday 9th July, attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Southend.
The event was in aid of Southend Community Fund and supported us in its fundraising efforts.
Visitors enjoyed sandwiches made by our patron Jill Allen-King OBE and volunteers and members made cakes, scones and prepared strawberries. The event raised more than £300 for local charities.
The Afternoon Tea provided an opportunity for the visitors to tour the garden, which now has 6 chickens in addition to the beehives. The herbaceous border has just been completed and is looking stunning and the vegetables are very productive, with courgettes, chard, raspberries and beans in season
Trust Links provides social and therapeutic gardening for adults with mental health problems at the two Growing Together gardens in Westcliff and Shoeburyness. Trust Links also works with local schools, youth groups and is setting up a new Women’s Only group

Lions Sports day 2014

We once again entered a team in the Lions 7 a side football tournament, part of the annual Leigh Lions Disabled Sports Day, defending our crown. With five teams participating this year we had a great day and met a lot of old and new friends. Unfortunately our fortunes on the pitch were not as successful as last year - we were unable to score a goal! - and we finished bottom of the group.
(We're in good company - World Cup holders Spain have been knocked out of this year's competition in the first round)
Video available in Users section
Saturday 14th June at The King John School, Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, SS7 1RQ


Cressing Temple Historic Garden &
Hanningfield Reservoir and
Wildlife Trust visit

Thursday 24th July

Coach leaves Shoeburyness at 9.15am and Westcliff at 9.30am
Return approx. 4.00pm Westcliff, 4.15pm Shoeburyness

Cost for members, volunteers and carers is £5 (can be paid in instalments), all others £10

There is no cafe so please bring your own packed lunch

See sheet in Cheryl Centre for full details
Growing Together gardens will be closed to members that day

Six hens a laying?!

We recently welcomed six new arrivals to the gardens - the
ens pictured above in their hen-house

May Fayre 2014

The weather held off for a fantastic May Fayre on Saturday, making more than £400 for Trust Links. Growing Together was very busy with maypole dancing, local folk band Slow Loris, Elusive Dance doing an impressive range of street dancing, East Essex Smallholders Group brought a sheep and baby lamb, newborn chicks and produce for sale and our kitchen was busy with ploughmans lunches and cakes. Thank you to everybody that came along and supported the event!


Our visit to Porters

In one of his last engagements as Southend Mayor, Cllr Brian Kelly and his wife Ann hosted a visit from Growing Together members, volunteers and carers at the Southend Mayoral house Porters on 30th April. We had a guided tour of the beautiful historic house, finding out about its heritage and the history of the mayoralty in Southend. We then had coffee and biscuits with the Mayor and Mayoress in the beautiful gardens at the back of the house.


Trust Links has won two awards in the Essex Countywide Business Awards 2014! Trust Links has won in both the Small Business of the Year and Environmental Awareness categories. This is fantastic recognition of the hard work of staff, volunteers, members and trustees, getting acclaim in an award scheme that looked at the competition across Essex.

Sponsored Climb

 Thank you to all of those that supported the sponsored climb for Trust Links - the Growing Together Shoeburyness project.
We are delighted to report that the climb took place on Thursday 24th April and not only did the group manage to climb the height of the Shard, but the Empire State Building as well!! The climbers were tired out, but very proud of themselves.
We were delighted to get a pledge of £250 from Olympus Keymed and this certainly buoyed up the climbers and boosted their sponsorship. We w
ould welcome further donations from individuals and companies.
One of those who climbed on Thursday was Daniel, who has enjoyed the fun, laughter and camaraderie of being part of the climbing group, and this has
given him more confidence to tackle other challenges in life.
Another member was apprehensive and scared at first, but as she has got into it, has been reminded that overcoming fears is rewarding. The physical activity involved in climbing and the other activities at Trust Links has improved her confidence.
Wendy, who will also be part of the team for the climbing challenge, says "When I started climbing I was afraid of heights and very tearful.
Now I am less afraid and more confident. I am also more able to trust others, as trust in others is an important aspect of climbing. Being able to persevere at something and overcome this challenge has transferred to other areas of life." On the climb day itself, Wendy exceeded all of her expectations and got nearly to the top of the climbing wall, which delighted her and her supporters.



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Shoeburyness site continues to grow

We have seen the growth and development of Shoeburyness over recent weeks. A company has donated a shipping container, so we can store tools and machinery securely. The two medium sized polytunnels have been enjoyed by butterflies and foxes! A huge pond has been dug, exposing builder’s sand in the base and providing material for landscaping.

Johnson Control (an American company with a base in Basildon) have funded and built pergolas around the circular path that was constructed by the Princes Trust group earlier in the Summer. RBS started a raised bed herb garden, which was completed by the group from Johnson Control. Many children and families enjoyed a programme on Fridays over the school summer holiday, having a go at den building, planting and harvesting vegetables and a range of creative activities – more than 60 attended in total. They particularly enjoyed the bouncy castles at the beginning and end of the programme. 

We have an excellent core group of members and volunteers attending on Tuesdays and two school groups on Fridays from Shoeburyness High School. If you know anybody that would benefit, do put them in touch so that we can potentially open more often!


Growing Together Shoeburyness launch film

Watch this short film of the launch of our new Growing Together Shoeburyness project on 26th March 2013


BBC Essex

Our Chief Exec Matt appears on BBC Essex radio:-


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 We have a shop selling produce & goods



Vegetables that we sell, fresh from our plot, this year include broad beans, beetroot, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks, runner and French beans, courgettes, chard, spinach, tomatoes, cabbages, kale and broccoli.