Great Warley's Brentwood Community Tree: A one-stop shop for ongoing support in the borough
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 29 October 2018
An initiative that is dedicated to helping those in need, whether it's mental health issues, money worries or homelessness, continues to do what it can for the borough.
Brentwood Community Print, a CIC (Community Interest Company), Eagle Way, Great Warley, which exists to help people who are in recovery from mental illness, using all of its profits to re-invest in the service, giving its employees a safe and caring work environment, has been running for around seven years.
But a few years ago, the CIC decided that it wanted to help others so set up the Brentwood Community Tree, an initiative which gathers the contact details of different local resources for those who might need them.
From Fitness in Mind, Frontline which supports those with learning disabilities and Home Start Essex South, to Citizens Advice Brentwood and YPCS (Young Peoples Counselling Service), there are plenty of services and initiatives which can be found as part of the community tree.
Co-founding member Audrey Clark said: “A lot of people don’t know what support is out there apart from going to their GPs, the hospital or the council but there is so much help out there.
“We’ve seen first hand the impact depression and other everyday problems has on people and wanted to do something to give them support.”
Healthwatch Essex was so impressed with Brentwood Community Print’s work that it has worked alongside the CIC to also launch the community tree initiative in Basildon at the end of the month.
Paul Bergin who has been working at Brentwood Community Print for the past four years, said: “I’ve loved being part of creating the leaflets for the Brentwood Community Tree and working at community print.
“It’s really helped to build up my confidence knowing that we’re doing something important.”
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