Art Therapy funding assists Braintree

Thursday May 09, 2024

Braintree Rethink is a self-help art and social group, set up in 2008 to help those dealing with mental illness come together to write, paint and draw as a way of coping with their struggles. They are also the proud recipient of a Chelmsford Star Co-op Community Fund grant.


Our funding meant the group had their rent paid for the year at the Bocking Community Centre, where they meet weekly on a Tuesday, allowing the group to simply continue to exist. At a time when rates and bills are soaring, the relief this has given the group co-ordinator, Trina Whittaker, was palpable.

“I originally set this group up because my son, who has some mental struggles, found art therapy extremely helpful and there wasn’t anything like it in the area. Over 15 years later, we’ve helped hundreds of people, giving them time and space and companionship to express themselves as a way of dealing with trauma. We wouldn’t even be here now without Chelmsford Star’s support.”


We were thrilled to be able to visit the group in action, and the array of talent on display was undeniable; poetry, water-colours, pastels and drawings. It was a warm and welcoming group, a safe space where people felt able to share their experience, tips and knowledge. There was a real mix of demographics too, people of a huge range of ages, backgrounds and types of mental struggles all coming together to create something wonderful.

To find out more about the group, search Braintree ReThink on facebook, email Trina on or call 01376 349549. To find out more about our Community Fund, look here.