A NEW project has allowed a mental health and wellbeing charity to continue supporting the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trust Links works across south-east Essex and helps people experiencing mental health difficulties, unpaid carers and other community members.

Their projects support over 1,500 people a year in Southend, Rochford and Castle Point and their latest initiative – Blooming Well – has been of benefit to families during lockdown.

With many children unable to return to school, Blooming Well was created as a free resource for children and their families to enjoy.

The project has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the country, as part of the Covid-19 emergency response.

Helen Bushell, head of funding for the East of England at the National Lottery Community Fund, said: “The strength we’re seeing in communities across the East of England is inspiring.


“Although we’re beginning to see lockdown restrictions ease, community organisations – big and small – are still grappling with the impact caused by the crisis.

“Projects like Blooming Well keep communities connected and reach those who need the most help.

“Our priority is to continue getting funding, which is more vital than ever before, out to community groups so they can rebuild and recover from this pandemic.”

Blooming Well offers a range of topic-based activities for families to promote creativity, wellbeing and engagement with nature.

Trust Links partnered with local foodbanks, social care, young carers, refugee groups, looked after children’s services and special educational needs networks to deliver 500 activity boxes to families in Southend and Canvey.

For more information or to get involved, visit trustlinks.org.