Break the Bias

Mustard Tree’s Round-Up

Break the Bias

Break the Bias

It’s been another busy week across our three hubs, but there was still time to celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday. This year’s theme is #breakthebias, calling on everyone to work against gender stereotypes, inequality and discrimination.

International Women’s Day 2022

There’s something a bit special about the above photo – a coming together of staff, volunteers, Freedom Project trainees and corporate partners to acknowledge a wonderful campaign, whilst encapsulating our one of our values – diversity:

Diversity – Embracing the differences and valuing the contribution of all

An illustrious display of paintings by Facilities Manager Graham lined our central-space, paying homage to the lives of influential female figures; from Irena Sendler to our very own Services Manager Fiona.

Services Manager Fiona – painted by Graham Hudson

International Women Day’s focus continues all year – you can find out more about the campaign here. It’s a pleasure to work with you all!

“Why don’t I use my platform to do something good?”

We were taken aback when Jen first rocked up to our warehouse with a sizeable food donation, but once we found out her reasons for choosing Mustard Tree to support, we had to find out more.

Jen shared with us how her experience with Mustard Tree’s Food Club inspired her to use her platform to raise food, clothing and awareness about our mission.

Jen with her food donation collection

From using our services during a difficult part of her life, to becoming a successful business owner and wanting to give something back, Jen talks about the support both she and her sister received from Mustard Tree and other local organisations, and how it helped her get to where she is now.

“I continued to post on social media, whilst sofa surfing — no one would have known I was homeless at the time from looking at my Instagram” – Jen

You can read Jen’s full story by clicking here.

Van Gogh Art Session

This week we hosted an artistic collaboration between Women’s Aid and Menorah Synagogue, for our womens-only art session. The subject? Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’.

Women’s Aid x Menorah Synagogue art session

We want to utilise our building to reach as many people as possible, so we’re delighted to host two fantastic organisations.

Heaton Park – Warm in Winter

If you visited Heaton Park over the festive season, you may have noticed their #warminwinter collection campaign – collecting clothing, food and other items from visitors for our Community Shops.

Heaton Park clothing collection

The initiative has been a big success with several drop-offs being arranged over the winter period – here’s Michelle with the latest collection this week. Thank you to everyone who brought items along to the park to donate!

Final Word

We’ll round this week off with Jo’s Tweet about International Women’s Day 2022:

Twitter avatar for @Jo_WalbyJo Walby @Jo_Walby

Very fortunate to work with amazing women who inspire me every day – staff members, volunteers, trustees, colleagues working across partners… you rock!#InternationalWomensDay

Mustard Tree @MustardTreeMCR

Happy #InternationalWomensDay from just some of the staff, trainees and volunteers at Mustard Tree! This year’s IWD theme is #breakingthebias, calling everyone to work against gender stereotypes, inequality and discrimination. More about IWD Missions: https://t.co/ldVgtSnHNi https://t.co/ExVTljbiBf

Have a great weekend everyone.

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