Art for me is spiritual food

Mustard Tree’s Round-Up 13.05.22

Good afternoon everybody – there’s a lot of ‘ground floor activity’ to make you aware of this week – so here it goes…

It’s like Batman – I am a great fan

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our art and textiles showcase yesterday evening – it was a great success – made possible by our talented drop-in clients, curating staff and wonderful partners who came to support us.

Artists and supporters

Amongst the artists was Andy, who told us a bit about one of the pieces he submitted:

“I was inspired by my trip on the tram. My hometown of Wythenshawe recently got this wonderful system – it’s cheap, it’s fast, it’s clean and always on time. It’s like Batman – I am a great fan.”

Andy with his artwork

When asked what art means to her, Zhaohui gave us a very thought-provoking response:

“Art for me is spiritual food. It runs through my life, accompanying me through the lonely years. When I was young, I lived far away from the city in Western China, where the sky is clear and the scenery is beautiful – just like Heaven. I spent my youth there with my parents, and I miss it very much.”

We will be working on our next exhibition in the next few month, so watch this space for more details.

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Ancoats Community Shop Refurb

This time next week, our Ancoats hub Community Shop will undergo a refurbishment, from Friday 20th May, relaunching Monday 6th June. We will be installing a brand new floor, purpose-build to sustain the increasing number of people visiting our hub.

During this period, the Food Club will be temporarily relocated to our health and wellbeing suite, with all other areas including the Olive Branch café, clubs and classes also still available. Full information about the refurb can be found below:

If you have any questions about our shop refurb, please don’t hesitate to contact us at, or call 0161 228 7331.

MHA Ball

We want to thank Adrian and everyone and the Manchester Hoteliers Association for their generous donation of over £4,500 from the MHA Ball proceeds!

Adrian Ellis (MHA Chair) with Laura and Beckie

Join our Salford team

We’ll finish the week on a recruitment call-out – with four new vacancies currently live via our website.

The vacancies can be viewed below with Friday 3rd June being the deadline for applications:

Tenancy Sustainment Support Coordinator (TSS)

Practical Skills Trainer

Freedom Project Coordinator

Support Coordinator

If you are someone that friends rely on, are good at sorting out problems, have some DIY skills or support worker experience – we want to hear from you!

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