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WellbeingNow Seminar

Your transition reporter is attending the WellbeingNow Seminar weekend. Today offers a number of interesting speakers with expertise in nutrition, mind and body. Great to see this available in Southend without the need to take the train to the capital.



Local good causes are fundraising selling soup and hot drinks.



Leaflets are suggesting further talks in the Squeeze Cafe in Leigh on Sea. Check them out and enjoy.



Bikeability UK



Bikeability Fix is a basic maintenance course for children to enable them to check that their bike is roadworthy and to make simple repairs eg punctures.


Where:  Belfairs Adademy, Leigh on Sea

When:  Wednesday 1st June 2016

Time:    Session 1 09:30 – 11:15

               Session 2 12:00 – 13:45

Cost:     £10.00 per session

Age:      9 – 14 years of age


Children do not need to bring their bike or any equipment.  Everyone that attends will received a puncture repair kit to enable them to fix a puncture at home.


To book a place please go to www.cyclesouthend.co.uk.  For enquires please call 01702 215595.

PRESS RELEASE: First for UK care home‏

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PRESS RELEASE:  For immediate release                       For further information contact Jill Poet 01702 468387, jill@orbuk.org


UK first for Southend Care Home.

Cedar Lodge in Southend is a small residential care home for adults with learning difficulties. Not only is it the first care home in the UK to achieve the Responsible Business Standard, but it did so at the highest Gold level. At a time when the care industry receives more complaints then praise, this certification is a reminder that some care homes do indeed provide a first class service in looking after the most vulnerable in our society.

Delighted care home owner and manager Bronwyn Oldham arranged a special tea party for residents and their families to celebrate the great achievement. Residents were delighted to show off the certificate – and also the beautiful sponge cake they had all helped to bake!

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The Responsible Business Standard, available at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, is a national certification designed specifically for smaller businesses from any sector. It helps businesses demonstrate to all stakeholders that they operate to very high standards.  Auditor Sadie Hopson said:

“The organisation that developed this standard defines a responsible business as one that operates efficiently and ethically; meets and exceeds legislation; and always considers its impact on people (the workforce, customers and suppliers, the community and society at large) and the environment.”

“We appreciate that small businesses vary tremendously and so we don’t set one size fits all requirements: we work to a system we call ASTI – Appropriate for the Size, Type and Impact of the business. Clearly companies must be compliant in all areas, but the audit certainly isn’t a tick box exercise. Most importantly, we believe that responsible businesses embed ethics and values at the very core of their company and that culture should permeate right through every aspect of their operations.”

“It was an absolute delight to audit Cedar Lodge: not only were their operating standards very high, but it was very clear that Bronwyn and her team care deeply about their service users and work tirelessly to provide them with the best possible outcomes.”


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  • Photos show: Bronwyn Oldham and 6 residents with the Responsible Business Standard certificate; cakes ready for the tea party, with the sponge baked by the residents taking centre stage.
  • Cedar Lodge, based in Westbury Road Southend, is a residential care home for adults with learning difficulties. It currently has eight residents. Bronwyn Oldham is the managing director, joint owner with her parents, and a hands-on manager. The home last had a CQC (Care Quality Commission) audit in April 2014 when it was deemed adequate in all areas. The next CQC audit is imminent and this time it will be assessed in line with the new traffic light rating system. For more information about Cedar Lodge contact Bronwyn Oldham on 301652 or e-mail bronwynoldham@hotmail.co.uk.
  • Cedar Lodge is not only the first care home in the UK to achieve the Responsible Business Standard, it is the first company in Southend.
  • The Responsible Business Standard has been developed by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB) and validated by Anglia Ruskin University. ORB is based in Southend with trained and licensed auditors operating across the UK: Sadie Hopson is one of the auditors. For more information about ORB or the Responsible Business Standard contact ORB’s managing director Jill Poet on 01702 468387, email jill@orbuk.org; or visit www.orbuk.org.uk and www.responsiblebusinessstandard.org.uk.


Event Invitation – Exploring the Heart of Meditation

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Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Quaker Meeting House Leigh on Sea Essex

Come and join us for day of meditation practice, exploring what it means to bring awareness to whatever we are focussing on in any one moment: sitting, moving, eating, speaking. Message (via the facebook page) for info and to book a place. £20

Trust Links Needs You!

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Trust Links Needs You!

Exciting news! Growing Together Shoeburyness is a finalist in the Big Lottery Fund and ITV’s People’s Projects competition. We need lots of votes!


Vote at https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/growing-together-shoeburyness. Please share this!

Growing Together Shoeburyness has entered the competition in order to win funding to improve the site and add reminiscence features, new safe paths and a children’s play area.

Growing Together Shoeburyness will feature on ITV Anglia News at 6pm on Friday 4th March. Please watch and see what a great site we have!

Growing Together Shoeburyness is a therapeutic community garden, which transforms people’s lives. Members gain skills, confidence and hope through training and therapeutic gardening. Through the project, Keith has been able to manage his mental health problems, achieve qualifications and move into work. Please help us help more people like Keith by voting for us! Visit www.trustlinks.org to see how our members are being helped.

Can you help us spread the word and get as many votes as possible? Please tell all your friends, family, staff and colleagues and encourage them to vote for us so we can improve and develop our project, which makes a difference to so many people’s lives.

Vote at https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/growing-together-shoeburyness or by post.

To vote by post, blank postcards need to be addressed to ‘FREEPOST The People’s Projects’ and include the voter’s name, address and telephone number as well as clearly stating that you are voting for ‘Growing Together Shoeburyness project’. Trust Links can supply you with a stock of blank postcards if you prefer this method for multiple votes for your organisation! (Please note, you are only allowed to vote once online or by post. Under 18s are allowed one vote each too.)

Voting is open until 13 March, so don’t delay, vote today!

Vote at: https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/growing-together-shoeburyness click on ‘Select This Project’, enter your details and verify the link once sent through to your email address.


Over the next fortnight we will be very active on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/trustLinksltd and Twitter https://twitter.com/TrustLinksLtd so please follow us and share!


Thank you for your support,

Matt King
Chief Executive

T: 01702 213134
E: chiefexec@trustlinks.org
W: www.trustlinks.org

 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9AG

The Wellbeing Now Seminar 2016

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April 16 – April 17 at The Clifftown Theatre

Check out the sensational new show for 2016 featuring an incredible line-up of internationally renowned speakers, performers and best-selling authors at – www.wellbeingnowseminar.co.uk

Here’s what our guests had to say about our 2015 show…

“Such an impressive line-up of speakers… the weekend was filled with life-changing moments” – Linda Barker (TV personality and founder of ‘Nourish Events’)

“An amazing Event! Every single speaker was phenomenal” – Hayley McAlinden

“It’s given me the inspiration I’ve been looking for!” – Jackie Callow

“A magical weekend!” – Jan Marchant

“The speakers were phenomenal… the whole weekend was so inspiring.” – Jill Shepherd

“Anyone who wants to change their life for the better, I advise to get down to the next event!” – Colin Wyatt


See the facebook page for further information.

Bodies needed for Random Acts of Gardening

Bournes Green area, Sunday 28 February, 11:00 – 13:00

We’ll be offering to plant wildflowers and/or a spot of garden tidying, pruning or weeding. Green fingers highly desirable.

Public Health and partners are working in the Bournes Green area on a community project called “C2 Connecting Communities”. The basic premise is to encourage residents to work side-by-side with service provides to improve things for people and place: happier, healthier people and cleaner, greener spaces. Projects should be resident led – ie people come up with suggestions about what they’d like to improve, and how they’d like to achieve this.

However, for all sorts of reasons, the project hasn’t really taken off. Gardening and food growing, however, have been mooted as things that local people would like to do (and we know this is a great way to build a sense of community). So, Project Coordinator Gloria Millis suggested we lead by example with this polite take on guerrilla gardening. If people take us up on our offer (we’re simply going to knock on doors – we’ll have our ID with us) it’s a chance for us to tell them about a forthcoming Easter event (which is part of the C2 programme) and also to let them know about the SiT allotment.

If anyone’s available, and is happy to volunteer their time, please contact SherryFuller@Southend.gov.uk or call me on 01702 534649.