NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund

Mustard Tree has a chance to provide much needed money advice and financial literacy workshops to people from across Greater Manchester who are living in poverty. The NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund will mean we are able to employ a new member of staff to plan and deliver Money Matters Workshops across 18 months.

This fund is being shortlisted through a public vote and your vote can help us to secure the funding! All you need to do is follow the link below, select the North Region and vote for Mustard Tree. It will only take two minutes and could help create real change in the lives of people across Greater Manchester. Voting is open until 12pm on Friday the 5th May.


“I went to Mustard Tree to improve my self-confidence and to overcome my gambling addiction. I was experiencing depression and I had promised my children that I would stop. Mustard Tree helped me to overcome my addiction and they supported me in starting to save money so I can look forward to the future. Mustard Tree gave me hope.” (Matt, 35)


At present, we do not have a dedicated member of staff who can provide financial advice and support our beneficiaries, like Matt, in budgeting and money management. We have applied to the NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund so that we can employ a new member of staff to develop tailored Money Matters workshops aimed at people who are long term unemployed, are experiencing financial difficulties and have unmanageable debt. The workshops will help people to develop an understanding of how to manage their money better, how to get out of debt, budget and save. To many of us these skills are second nature, but if you don’t have them then life can become incredibly difficult and the idea of being out of debt unimaginable.

Over 12 months we will run 19 courses in North Manchester and Salford, improving the financial literacy and resilience of over 190 people.

By voting to support Mustard Tree in the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund you will be helping us to improve the lives of people across Greater Manchester.

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