Growing together; Trust Links
Recent visits to the Growing Together, Thundersley showed how the local Trust Links project has developed.
In the picture to the right, Eileen Peck is on the right, and she it was who showed us round to meet Anna and Kirsty. Later we met Ron Bates – Area Organiser – who highlighted the way that the movement has grown organically, depending on the prevailing conditions.
There was a Trust Links Open Day on 1st November 2019. The original centre is still in Westcliff at the junction of Prittlewell Chase and Fairfax Drive. Next came Shoebury and Rochford Trust Links centres – – each developing in their own unique ways to best fit unique local circumstances, needs and opportunities.
The members are people with individual needs, and we met members and carers at the Thundersley Trust Links centre behind the council offices in Kiln Road. There is a calm and supportive atmosphere – certainly having a “social prescription” to be here rather than use drugs must be such a valuable option.
The relaxed lay-out of the site is complemented by ecologically friendly planting and provision of “hotels” for bees and wasps. The bees have voted to stay, with enthusiasm!
They are so keen, some bees are even cutting neat burrows into the flower beds.
A new “Growing Together” centre on Canvey is on the way.
Another is planned for Vange. Watch this – growing – space!