27 Jan Service Update | Trust Links
At Trust Links we have amended our services to ensure that we can continue to provide vital mental health and wellbeing support to people in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford.
Our services are accessible to adults and young people experiencing mental health difficulties, and we are accepting referrals and self-referrals, which can be made through our website at the corresponding pages below. We welcome any queries you may have, and invite you to call us on 01702 213134.
We are delivering the following services:
REACH Wellbeing Hub
The REACH Wellbeing Hub is the first port of call for accessing mental health support at Trust Links, where we will help find the best support for individual needs. We will undertake an assessment, link people into peer support groups, help members access the REACH Recovery College, and link in with specialist agencies to help with debt, benefits advice and employment.
For referrals and self-referrals to the REACH Wellbeing Hub, please visit:
The Growing Together project utilises therapeutic gardening to develop skills and confidence in a COVID-secure, welcoming environment. Members will gain access to support from our staff and peers, helping them to build a valuable support network and connect with likeminded individuals.
Our gardens are currently open to members, who are invited to attend an arranged morning or afternoon session. In addition, our trained staff are providing regular wellbeing phone calls to members, particularly those unable to attend our gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Rochford and Thundersley.
For referrals or to become a member, please visit:
REACH Recovery College
The REACH Recovery College gives students access to range of wellbeing and recovery focussed courses, groups and workshops. To align with government guidelines, all courses have been re-engineered to be delivered online using Zoom. We have also been able to provide tablets and dongles to some students who do not have a computer at home to help them stay connected and access support remotely.
Some of the courses and workshops available include:
– Confidence Building
– Managing Low Mood
– Healthy Sleep Habits
– Understanding Anxiety
You can view our full timetable, which is updated monthly, at:
Youth Links is a peer support group for young people aged 11-18. We offer a programme of therapeutic, creative and social activities designed to enhance and improve mental wellbeing. Currently, Youth Links members are receiving regular wellbeing calls and can attend our weekly youth Zoom group. For more details, please visit: www.trustlinks.org/youth-links/
In addition, Learning Together is our new 6 week programme beginning in February and funded by BBC Children in Need. We will be providing 2 workshops each week for young people who are currently unable to access mainstream education due to their mental health. The workshops will be provided by mental health professionals and local specialists with the aim of building confidence and increasing feelings of self-esteem and resilience.
We also offer the Families Growing Together group, which is a space for young families to connect through activities while also having access to wellbeing support. Our team are currently re-engineering this project as an online provision.
For any questions, please email Victoria@trustlinks.org for more information. We also now have a dedicated Instagram page for Youth Links, @Trustlinks_Youth which shares wellbeing content and is great way to stay connected with us.
Working with Southend Carers, our counselling and listening support service is continuing on the telephone, and our Peer Support Groups for people with caring responsibilities have continued online using Zoom. With social distancing in place, our carers walking group has continued, with carers now walking in pairs to reduce the risks of transmission.
Please refer all carers to Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will undertake an initial assessment and pass appropriate carers to us.
Working Together and OAK Club
The Working Together project and Oak Club are funded by the DWP. The projects are available to any adult with mental health issues in Southend, Castle Point & Rochford, and help to build the skills and confidence to find or re-enter employment. The Working Together Project is open to all, and OAK Club (which stands for Openness and Knowledge) is exclusively for those aged 50 plus.
Those taking part benefit from employment support workshops, weekly activity groups, learning opportunities with Southend Adult Community College and so much more.
For more information, please email email@example.com or call us on 01702 213134
Free mental health training
We are currently providing free mental health training to the public and local agencies in the Southend, Castle Point and Rochford areas. Our regular 3 hour Zoom course is delivered from 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays and is open to all. On completion of the course, those taking part will have developed greater awareness of our own mental health and a range of mental health related conditions, be able to providing comfort to those in emotional need, understand stress and the development of resilience, and much more. The Mental Health First Aid qualification is also available.
Talking Together is our telephone befriending service. This has proved to be in high demand, and as a result, we are actively seeking to recruit more volunteers for a Befriender role. The role involves providing a minimum of 1 hour per week of listening support to an isolated adult having difficulty with mental health. All Befrienders receive expert training, and support throughout.
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