Supporting people experiencing mental health issues to build confidence, self esteem and skills

Links is a unique Llanelli Mental Health Charity, providing support and learning opportunities to those within our community who have or are experiencing mental ill-health. Links aims to help people to build their self confidence and self esteem by offering a range of supportive creative learning opportunities as well as progressive, person-centred personal development plans.

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What we do

Links is a Carmarthenshire based mental health charity, supporting adults with mental health needs and social issues to move on in their lives, in a creative, learning and confidence building environment. Over the past 25 years this has helped people improve their self-confidence, promoted the acquisition of skills and has enabled people to move on to access further mainstream services. Our service largely supports people within the town of Llanelli, but some come and are very welcome from further afield in Carmarthenshire.


  • We offer flexible learning opportunities to promote and create positive mental health
  • We offer a warm and supportive environment where people can work in groups, on their own or at their own pace and level
  • We offer a range of learning opportunities, to develop new skills and to stimulate existing ones
  • We provide an outlet for creative expression
  • We can provide information and support to enable people to explore avenues into mainstream training and employment, both paid and unpaid

Our main aim is to support people living with mental health and to build their confidence and self esteem. If you would like to join Links you can self refer by contacting us, alternatively your GP can refer you or any other support network that you currently use.

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Combined Forces Project

Links also provides support for veterans and blue light teams living in Carmarthenshire. Veterans are able to access all the activities available at Links. Additionally, for those who live in rural areas or are socially isolated,  can be provided with befriending buddy telephone calls, outreach NAAFI mornings or Breakfast clubs which are held in various locations throughout Carmarthenshire on a monthly basis.

What we do

  • A range of supported indoor and outdoor activities
  • NAAFI style meetings throughout Carmarthenshire
  • Welfare and benefit signposting and support
  • Buddying/Befriending Scheme

Why Attend?
For any of the following:

  • Reduce isolation by meeting up with others with similar experiences and military backgrounds
  • To assist with the transition into civvy street
  • To receive support with any mental ill health you may be experiencing
  • To learn new skills, build confidence and self esteem
  • For support with moving back into work
  • Signposting to other organisations who may be able to help you

Who Can Join?

  • Anyone who has served in the military, family members of a veteran and all Blue Light service personnel.
  • Any ex-serviceman/woman who is experiencing mental ill health


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The purpose of the communal Cooking Session is to encourage each other to eat healthy and to demonstrate and share how easy and fun 'clean eating' is to prepare and to most importantly... eat! On Mondays, we cook meat, fish as well as vegetarian and vegan meals packed with fresh vegetables and we do desserts too. We always cook from scratch! The benefits of the ingredients are highlighted throughout each class to encourage all to cook again at home! Healthy eating = Healthy body and healthy mind.

“I love coming to cooking, I box it up and have it in front of the TV in the evening, sets me up for the week.” Cooking participant.
Computer class

Computer Skills

A range of courses are being offered at Links in our ICT suite. Sessions are every Monday and Tuesday mornings. Courses are very popular offering a wide and varied range of courses, including computerised art, basic First Aid, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, computer basics, every day IT and much more. Courses are completed at the members own pace. Certificates are awarded to participants on successful completion of their course. Members who do not wish to enrol on a course can complete structured tasks based on, keyboard skills, mouse skills and getting used to the computer sessions.

Relaxation class


We do some activities to practice Mindfulness, relaxation and wellbeing here at Links, bringing our attention to the present moment. This could be a one-off mindfulness session, our weekly chair stretches, a meditation or just some relaxing music. All wellness sessions are in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting.

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You can't go wrong in art! Making a mistake can sometimes become a turning point. In Links art sessions, we explore line, colour and tone. We use a wide range of mediums and sometimes unusual materials that lead members to exciting and innovative compositions. We just encourage you to have fun, explore and express. It's just as much about the process of creating art as it is the wonderful outcome. We even have exhibitions at different venues to display the outstanding creations made in art sessions.

“It is great to see members explore with different materials and resources, challenge that mindset of 'I am no good at Art' and just have fun.” Jess - Creative Enterprise Coordinator.
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Textiles & Crafts

Informal sessions take place on Fridays. Members utilise these open sessions to work on individual work, or to finish off previous projects. We sometimes have one-off workshops with a guest visitor to help us create something special. Some members bring in their own projects from home to complete. We enjoy knitting, sewing, or crochet, other members are more interested in drawing and painting or other crafts. These sessions are a time where people can be creative, imaginative and socialise in a safe, welcoming space.

ceramics class


Ceramics sessions are held at Links where participants learn about the properties and methods of working with clay. The sessions are usually on a Thursday and suitable for beginners and those with experience of using clay too. We experiment with a range of materials such as porcelain, earthenware, stoneware, casting clay and lots more. We work on adding textures and glazes to the clay, making items such as keyrings, jewellery (beads, pendants), decorated 2D work and 3D sculptures.

enamelling class


Enamelling is using copper blanks and powdered glass in order to create artwork using a kiln. Members learn how to prepare the copper blanks by cleaning them with wire wool and then how to apply the layers of glass powder. The prepared items are placed into a special kiln on a wire tray in order to fire them and melt the glass powder onto the prepared copper blanks. Each piece is unique and one of a kind! These can then be made into a variety of things such as keyrings and jewellery items. A fantastic skill to learn and make your own.

digital photography class


Links photography group meets every Wednesday and Thursday. The group often visits interesting places in and around Llanelli and occasionally travelling further afield. Members learn all about cameras, angles and how to take that 'perfect' shot! Members are then supported in the ICT suite to work on the photographs using Photoshop - cropping, enhancing, colour correction etc. Some of the images are printed and shown in photographic exhibitions and events too.

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing members progress and their enthusiasm for photography developing each week. Some of the shots taken in and outside sessions are truly spectacular.” Ross - Photography Tutor.
natural materials class

Natural Materials

Pyrography, willow weaving, flower pressing, clay work, gardening and nature based crafts are just a few of things done here at Links. We encourage lots of crafts using natural materials to make decorations, wooden animals, kitchen utensils, key rings, name plaques, house signs, bird boxes, baskets, mobiles, walking sticks, egg cups , wooden blanks and wooden beads. We are always looking at new ways to create, craft and learn using natural materials.

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Outdoor Activities

At Links, we value the great outdoors and its wonderful benefits on wellbeing. Throughout the year, multiple events and trips take place. Some of the outdoor activities might include walking, gardening, fishing, art and photography walks, litter picking, dog walks, trips to further afield and cycling with the Links’ bikes. We now do a weekly wellbeing walk every Friday. Please keep an eye on the website news page and our Facebook for trip updates.

Music class

Music and Other Workshops

Previously, members took part in a set of workshops with ‘Tune into potential’. They created and recorded wonderful songs on CD that can be heard on the ‘Our News’ section. Other musical opportunities will be on the horizon as well as additional one off workshops and visitors. Keep an eye out for announcements on the Links website and Facebook page.

Model making class

Figure Painting and Model Building

One of the classes we run every Tuesday is model building and figure painting. This is one of the classes that the Veterans love and enjoy. As well as learning a new skill, it helps to concentrate the mind leading to better mindfulness. The atmosphere of the class is very welcoming - a big family! Whether you want to build a tank, plane, train or a something completely different we have a large collection of models to choose from all donated by Models for Heroes. Come along and give it a try, you might surprise yourself.

Who are we?

Our Work
Links was founded in the mid-1990’s to offer structured learning opportunities for an array of people who have or are experiencing poor mental health. Over the years Links has grown from strength to strength offering a variety of courses, events and workshops which all respond to the needs and interests of its members.

  • We are user-led, with many staff/trustees having first hand knowledge and experience of mental health. We have a framework of user-led monthly forums and a member's committee.
  • Peer support is a great strengths of Links - its ability to bring people together in friendship, laughter, listening and sharing problems is central to maintaining the well-being of many members.
  • Enterprise and ownership - members are keen to take ownership of projects and come up with their own ideas, such as setting up art exhibitions which widen understanding of mental health within the community. Building on individual strengths of members is seen as key.
  • Our rich time table of creative and health/wellbeing activities are aimed at helping users to manage their mental health in everyday life, by equipping them with skills and knowledge to help sustain a positive mood after they have left the building. For example, photography, painting, creative writing, cookery are all fantastic creative outlets for coping with a mental health condition and have helped people to maintain their well-being and avoid relapse.
  • Relationships; Links has an established and respected presence in the local community, where people and relatives of members are keen to support where possible. Our 25 years of experience working in the Carmarthenshire area has established a firm reputation for providing a quality, important service with knowledgeable, skilled and passionate staff. We regularly get feedback stating how valuable the project is to our stakeholders.
  • Links benefits from a high-spec accessible facility, located in Llanelli town centre. This range of space offers great flexibility in response to the interests and needs of the members who attend Links.
  • We offer trips, events and visits to different locations which are all planned based on members interests and ideas. We also have many visitors such as musicians, photographers, Social Support, The Fire Service, local artists, Police and other professions that offer workshops, advice and talks. Continuously, we aim to build up excellent relationships with the wider community in and outside of Links.
  • We facilitate “member champion” opportunities for individuals to increase their confidence and support other members during their time hereat Links.

Structure and Staffing
Links staff team consists of a tight-knit, commited and enthusiastic group of both full and part time workers and volunteers.
Our tutors are all qualified, keen, knowledgeable and very experienced in their area.

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