Would you like things to change but not sure where to begin?
Mustard Tree’s Freedom Project is here for you.
What is the Freedom Project?
The Freedom Project is a training opportunity where you can learn new skills, find work and overcome barriers. A safe space for all, we focus on employability, gaining skills, suitable accommodation and addressing money worries.
We offer training, qualifications and work experience in the following areas:
Café -Barista training
Facility Management – Cleaning and building maintenance training, COSHH training and recycling
Kitchen – Trainee chef training, creating menus, food preparation, knife skills, food hygiene and allergy control
Help Desk – Call handling training, arranging collections and deliveries
Reception – Administration and customer service training
Retail – Sales and customer service training, till management and logistics, Food Club and stock control
Warehouse – Warehouse work and logistic training, driver’s mate, deliveries and collection
What else is available?
We support people to gain vocational and functional qualifications and skills.
Every Freedom participant will have a coordinator and can also access:
Courses – Customer Service, Computer Skills, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Drop in creative activities – Art, Music, and Textiles groups
JobClubs – Support with writing CVs and interview practices
Work placements – We have connections with local businesses who can offer work placements.
Freedom volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain work experience – as well as having access to addition support with emergency provisions and travel expenses.
More importantly, the Freedom Project has helped participants to address social isolation, create a routine and build confidence that helps to take the next step towards what it is important to them.
How to get involved
Download the referral form, which can be found here.
Once a referral form has been completed and submitted, we will arrange a 1-2-1 tour and talk about what we offer.
To ensure we can offer a good fit, the Freedom Project can support:
Anyone above 18 years old
Anyone able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week (Monday – Friday). We can make reasonable adjustments to these times for those who are in education, or have child caring commitments.
Anyone who has the ability to understand health and safety guidelines in English
Being at the Mustard Tree can also help address emotional and physical wellbeing, addiction and provide support around immigration. However, we would encourage that volunteers access external relevant support services, as we are not professionally trained in these areas.
We can support individuals who have an offending history. If with probation or with PPU, Mustard Tree will endeavour to offer a suitable placement in partnership with these services. Please contact us if you have any questions in that regard.
“Mustard Tree has changed everything for me. It’s not just what they do for you, it’s the atmosphere and how they make me feel. No one judges or tries to dominate you and your life. It’s shown me that everyone has a story, which helps so much with your own healing. My experiences in India feel like a million years ago now, it feels like something very heavy has been lifted from me. After so long feeling worthless and that no matter what I did, it wasn’t good enough or appreciated, coming here people made me feel like I am worth it”.
You can also of course post it to us – find us here or for further information, please call us on 07803 428 709 / 0161 850 2282
What happens next?
You can expect to be contacted by one of our friendly team within a couple of days when we receive your form to arrange an appointment, most likely by phone. Please bear with us – your application means a lot to us and as a small staff team we will get to your enquiry as quickly as we can.
If you have any questions or want more information, pop in for a chat or give us a ring on 0161 850 2282
‘’I left school with no education, I was smoking weed, doing class A drugs, and in and out of prison.
Before joining Mustard Tree’s Freedom Project I was living in a hostel and life was going nowhere. This place believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. Now I’m working, have my own place and have my life back”.