Mustard Tree helps people to change their lives, secure better accommodation and economic wellbeing. Our focus is on tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty and homelessness. Since 1994 we have created opportunities for people to help themselves through providing practical support, friendship, connections into work and improvements to health & wellbeing.
We provide food and resources to help make a home through our Community Shops, and offer creative programmes to aid recover and encourage aspiration.
In more detail
We welcome people from across Greater Manchester to our Community Shopsin Ancoats, Eccles and Little Hulton offering access to low cost food through the food club, clothing and household essentials such as furniture, pots and pans.
Aside from such essentials and just as importantly, we run structured volunteer programmes through which our clients can get involved in the enterprise side of Mustard Tree. Our Freedom volunteers help us run successful charity shops, furniture collection/distribution, our professional kitchen and also a metals recycling and flat clearance project in Salford. We provide vocational training as part of the volunteering programme and find work placements for clients who wish to set employment as their goal.
We help people into new tenancies through the provision of furniture and items that make up a home and provide support around budgeting and money management. We advocate for our clients to find emergency accommodation and support our clients with landlords to help retain their housing.
We help people improve their health and wellbeing through helping to increase access to health services, providing friendship, community and something meaningful to do.
We tackle poverty of experience through providing creative activities such as art, music, drama and IT/Media resources. By helping people engage creatively, we help build confidence, recover self-esteem and unleash new potential.
Some people progress into paid employment but the real joy is see self-confidence and hope return to some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in our communities.