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.
Christmas came to Growing Together in Westcliff on Saturday! Lots of visitors came to enjoy time with friends and meet new acquaintances and get in the festive spirit.
The fair made £250 for Trust Links which helps people with mental health problems in the community.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Southend enjoyed their visit and met Father Christmas and Mother Christmas.
The raffle was incredibly successful and visitors enjoyed cakes, mince pies and jacket potatoes.
Christmas music was played live by local folk musicians and everybody was in good Christmas voice.
Christmas wreaths and plants sold well and there are still some for sale at our sales hut for those looking for presents.
Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links, said: “It was great to celebrate the start of Christmas with our members, supporters and the public. We really appreciate the support of everybody that came. Christmas can be a difficult time of year for people with mental health problems, so we at Trust Links work hard to build a sense of community and family for our members and our Christmas Open Day is an important part of this.”
Trust Links is a winner in Southend Business Awards for the second year running! This year, we have won in the Community Category, judged and sponsored by South Essex Homes. This is a testament to everybody’s hard work as we make a positive impact on so many people’s lives across Southend.
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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!
Watch this short film of the launch of our new Growing Together Shoeburyness project on 26th March 2013
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.