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Mustard Tree is a charity in Manchester that exists to help the homeless and marginalised.

The charity, Mustard Tree, was founded in Manchester in 1994 by Dave and Shona Smith.  From two people providing food and drink and listening to those sleeping on the streets, the charity now works with over 3,500 registered clients a year from two sites, a large warehouse in Ancoats, Manchester, and a retail outlet in Eccles Precinct.

A large percentage of clients using the services are referred by agencies such as the Probation Service, Housing Associations, the NHS and Manchester City Council.  The charity provides food, clothing, furniture, training and life skills support, with the aim of eventually giving the clients the opportunity to move into work, further education, training or volunteering.

Mustard Tree runs a variety of projects, all of which are geared to providing long-term solutions for the homeless and marginalised across Greater Manchester. 

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Dignity Project                   

Freedom Project              

Art & Creativity                  

Charity Shops                   

Community Garden         


Drama Workshops           

ESOL Classes 

Ready for Work Club 


The Sanctuary 

Sewing Skills 

Soup Run


Mustard Tree is always looking for volunteers in all kinds of roles.  Visit here for more information.


latest reviews

In November 2013, said about Mustard Tree

Some time ago Mustard Tree helped me out with food, a sleeping bag and clothes after a period of homelessness. This gave me the idea of getting involved so that I could help others in a similar situation. Since joining the project I have found that I've also received help and support as a volunteer. Being around people who've had an understanding of my mental health issues from the start has helped me to rebuild my life. The support and advice I've received at Mustard Tree during my on-going battle with mental health has really helped me, as has meeting others with similar problems who have managed to struggle through. Part way through my volunteering I was admitted to hospital as a result of my mental health issue. Being able to return to volunteering after this was an enormous help to me. I've also been able to access counselling through the project, which has helped me to explore my issues and is giving me the tools I need to get back on track. Throughout my time at Mustard Tree, the staff have shown tremendous belief in my capabilities. This has been another good source of encouragement and strength. Before volunteering on the Freedom Project I had a deep-rooted fear of new situations and of being around crowds and new people. My experiences at Mustard Tree have helped me to overcome that fear. I have also greatly increased my confidence with day to day tasks and living. Things that I would choose to hide away from previously I now tackle with confidence. In turn this has boosted my self-esteem and my belief that I can achieve goals that previously didn't seem possible. In particular, I have now enrolled on a university degree course, something I didn't envisage before. As a result of taking part in the Freedom Project, my aspirations have grown and transformed massively. My main goal now is to complete my degree, which never would have started before joining the Freedom Project. I would also like to have continued involvement with Mustard Tree in some way. Personally, I have also increased confidence regarding my own ideas, and I am continually working towards bating my mental health problems.

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In November 2013, said about Mustard Tree

I joined Mustard Tree to gain work experience and build up my confidence since not having worked for several years. At Mustard Tree I joined the office work stream and gained experience in customer service on the reception desk. I was also trained on how to operate the phones and dealing with incoming calls to book-in further collections. I attended the weekly job club and got support with looking for work. I updated my CV and got support with thinking through the type of work I would like to go into. I also received 1:1 advice around the job seeking process and about interviews and how to proceed. This, combined with the practical experience of working in the office, provided me with the confidence to look for work. It also boosted the confidence I had in myself. One week as part of the job club, we visited a career's fair in the city centre. I was interested in customer service roles at the Starbucks stand who were looking for new staff for their city centre coffee shops. The next week I had an interview and was offered a full time role! I now work for a Starbucks coffee shop and have been trained as a barista. I have learned to manage busy and potentially stressful situations. I really enjoy serving customers and putting a smile on their face. I love the fact that I'm now getting up and going to work - and feeling good about myself.

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