Vision & values


We believe in a Greater Manchester where everyone has the opportunity to be a connected, valued and contributing member of society.


We create opportunities for people to help themselves through providing practical support, friendship, connections into work, improvements to health and wellbeing plus new experiences to encourage aspiration.

Mustard Tree has developed a set of values that underpin all we do and how we work:

  • Belief in people – Empowering people and communities to empower themselves
  • Dignity for all – Culture of kindness, respect and compassion where everyone is welcome
  • Opportunity – Progress and development is at the heart of everything we do
  • Diversity – Embracing the differences and valuing the contribution of all
  • Partnership – Working together to build strong relationships based on mutual trust

By maintaining and embedding these values, we define how we work with each other and others – the Mustard Tree way.

Why are we called Mustard Tree?

Mustard Tree was named by its founder, Dave Smith, who was inspired by one of the parables told by Jesus. It is found in Matthew chapter 13, verses 31-32.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

We adopt a non-judgmental approach and treat all who come as equally valuable, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, gender or social standing.


© 2018 - Mustard Tree | Registered Charity No. 1135192 | Registered Company No. 04386613