How you helped combat poverty this Easter

How you helped combat poverty this Easter

1,000 Egg Challenge

At the beginning of March, we asked our donors and partners to help fill our Community Shops and Food Clubs with Easter eggs – to help families who were battling with heavily reduced disposable income.

The response – in short – was quite overwhelming, with so many of you heeding the call and helping us more than double our target of 1,000 eggs.

Easter Egg Donation from SES

Taking away some of the financial stress during holiday periods is just one of the ways you have helped us combat poverty, at a time when even a chocolate bar could be considered a luxury amidst the cost of living crisis.

On behalf of our clients, we’d like to thank you for all your generosity and spirit in making it such a successful campaign – you can read Laura’s write-up here.

Olive Branch Café

This week marked the soft launch of our Olive Branch Café, on the ground floor of our Ancoats hub. What was first opened as a training space before the pandemic, quickly became a triage area for the Street Engagement Hub from September 2020, as part of our Covid-19 crisis response.

Food Manager Chris with Freedom Trainee Remi

After a reshuffle at the start of the month, we have refurbished and relaunched the café, with the primary purpose of creating opportunities for people to gain new skills and experience that could lead to employment.

We’ll have more to share on the Olive Branch Café soon, and you can have a first look at the new menu here.

Salford Stories – Supporting George

George* came to Mustard Tree extremely distressed and anxious due to his financial circumstances. He was in arrears, close to £29,000, and as they went unpaid each passing month – they were getting higher and higher.

George was registered as a client when he first came to Mustard Tree, enabling him to access Food Club twice weekly to receive 10 items of food for £2.50. The support team worked with George when he was unable to pay, either through a free Food Club visit (subsidised by our hardship fund) or referred to a local food bank.

George’s Story

Meanwhile, the team discussed applying for a Debt Relief Order (DRO) and how this might help George to have some breathing space and clear his debts. He happily agreed and we made a referral to Salford Citizen’s Advice so that he could speak to the DRO unit.

“I didn’t even know that something like a Debt Relief Order was an option – it’s a light at the end of the tunnel”

With the support of Mustard Tree, George had his DRO assessment, sent off evidence of all of his debts and paid the application fee. A few days later we found out that his application had been approved.

George is delighted that his DRO has been successful, he didn’t know that something like this was an option and he can’t believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. He is no longer anxious or stressed and feels healthier and happier. He says that a weight has been lifted from him, he’s not scared to answer his door or open letters anymore, and he is looking forward to a bright and happy future.

If you know someone like George who may benefit from our services, please submit an online referral and our team will be in touch.

*George’s name has been changed and a stock image used to protect identity.

Art Exhibition Creative Showcase

For the first time since the pandemic, we’re delighted to be showcasing original artwork from our Art and Textiles Classes! The event is to mark and celebrate Mental Awareness Week 2022, exploring the benefits of art, community, and creativity for all our well-being.

The event will take place Thursday 12th May 2022 from 5pm – 7pm. If you’d like anymore information and would like to attend, please drop us an email reply to

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