Life Stories

Barry’s Story

Barry’s Story

Barry gives an insight into his journey through Mustard Tree’s life-skills and employability training programme ‘Freedom’, to becoming the charity’s Clearance Leader. Barry came to Mustard Tree after suffering a breakdown and losing all hope. Now he leads Mustard Tree’s…

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Andrew’s Story

Andrew’s Story

Andrew (33), came to Mustard Tree following a period of imprisonment and uncertainty around his future, falling out of employment for over five years. He is now about to embark on a new hospitality career after a successful spell on…

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Maryam’s Story

Maryam’s Story

Maryam came to the UK from Pakistan to get married. She joined Mustard Tree in January 2018, after escaping an abusive relationship hoping to rebuild her confidence and to find work. “I felt isolated and left out – like I…

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Sue’s Story

Sue’s Story

Sue, 59 has been living with a terminal illness for 18 months and has struggled with social isolation since life altering surgery and infection caused her to lose a leg. Sue and her son, Tristan, 20, have found a community…

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Josh’s Story

Josh, 20, joined Mustard Tree on our employability and life skills program Freedom earlier this year. After experiencing mental trauma, he has now found a passion for catering and has recently been successful in getting a job, as a kitchen…

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James’ Story

James’ Story

“I just wanted to be me. Mustard Tree let me open up and find myself”. James came to Mustard Tree with very low confidence and self-esteem preventing him from doing everyday tasks. Through his time with our warehouse and vans…

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Borris’s Story

Borris’s Story

Borris came to Manchester six months ago after having to leave his home country, his family and everything he knew behind. At Mustard Tree, Borris has finally found somewhere to feel safe, a sense of community and is hoping he…

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