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Join Mustard Tree’s Freedom Project

Would you like things to change but not sure where to begin?

Mustard Tree’s Freedom Project is here for you. 


Meet new people and get some work experience in our warehousing and deliveries team, catering, customer services, office administration, cleaning and facilities management, or even waste recycling.

Meet new People

You won’t be on your own. You will meet loads of people in the same boat as you.

Learn New Skills

There are loads of courses and qualifications available, from our Ready for Work Club, English Language classes, Computer Skills, and our Customer Services course.

Get Creative

Discover your talents in our Art, Music and Drama classes. No experience is necessary!

Find Advice

Get support with sorting benefits, housing, bills, mental health and physical health if you need it.

Find Support

You will have a staff member to support you in achieving your goals.


So how do I join?

Our current Freedom Volunteers run regular open days, which is a great opportunity to find out more. To sign up for an open day, either pop into our shops to fill in an enquiry form or call 0161 850 2282. You can see below for more information on the process

Is it free?

Yes! It’s free.

Can I claim my travel back?

Yes. You can claim back your travel for bus, tram or train tickets.

How long is the programme?

Initially for three months, but you can agree a timescale that suits you

What is the time commitment?

People are asked to commit two full days per week. These can be mornings, afternoons, or full days split across the week.

Will it affect my benefits?

Volunteering shouldn’t affect your benefits.

Jamie and Ben

“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”.

Click to read her full life story

Tandrima LH


Applying to the Freedom Project

If you would like to join our community:

You can download our Freedom Project Enquiry (Ancoats Hub) Form for our central Manchester hub, or the Freedom Project Enquiry (Salford Hub) Form for our Salford hubs.  Email it to us at

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”.



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