Got a spare 59 seconds? As we enter #WorldHomelessnessWeek and #ChallengePovertyWeek, see how our mission of Combatting Poverty and Preventing Homelessness is going to be more challenging than ever, with winter on the way.
Ellie’s Case Study
“Between June and September Mustard Tree supported a gentleman called David* who came to us as he needed money to attend an asylum interview at the Home Office in Liverpool. As a client of Mustard Tree, he was able to access money from the destitution fund to purchase a train ticket.
David had concerns about attending the interview as he had been undocumented for 20 years and feared deportation or detention. He missed the initial appointment as he was afraid of the authority and the repercussions of his visit. We worked closely with another agency, Micro Rainbow and between us built up his confidence enough until the point where he was prepared to attend his interview.
It was a successful outcome, David was prioritised for a self-contained flat, which is rare for this type of case. We gave him access to our Food Club, as well as our community shop to purchase clothing. However, with our support he received more than practical help – we gave him belief that it could get better. When asked about how Mustard Tree had helped him, David told Ellie our support worker that ‘Mustard Tree is the only way I have been surviving’.
*Name changed to protect identity.
Without the support of our partners, we wouldn’t have the funding capability to reach the amount of people we do.
We’re now in the position to continue our long-term support – tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty, and working to prevent homelessness across the region.
Soulemann has been living in the UK since 2012, after fleeing persecution in his home country.
He came to Mustard Tree to pursue his dream of owning his own business.
Read Soulemann’s story here.
Our Food Club exists to provide cost-effective food for people who are struggling to make ends meet. As we continue to combat the consequences of COVID-19, our food costs have risen to SIX times what they were before lockdown.
How can you help?
FILL A CRATE FOR CHRISTMAS!
If you’re part of a community group, church, college, school or company, help us combat food poverty this winter by filling a crate for Christmas!
Our team can deliver the crates for free, or you can pick them up from our Ancoats hub on Oldham Road.
If you’d like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 228 7331.
SET UP A MONTHLY DONATION
Regular giving is the most important way to support our charity, as we can use your donations where it is needed most in the charity at that time.
Click here to get started, so you can help somebody in need move away from poverty and homelessness – for good.
For more information, please email email@example.com