We believe in a Greater Manchester where everyone has the opportunity to be a connected, valued and contributing member of society.
Since 1994, Mustard Tree has transformed the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.
Our focus is on tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty by offering:
Provision: When people are in crisis we offer food, clothing and furniture. By meeting their basic needs we establish a relationship of trust and open the door of welcome, hope and possibility.
Progression: We offer life-skills, training, volunteering, education, mentoring and employment opportunities to help people to increase their resilience and enable them to escape poverty and homelessness – for good.
Partnership: We work collaboratively with our beneficiaries, enabling them to contribute to the Mustard Tree Community and work with them to set self-determined goals, as well as working with individuals, agencies, businesses and community groups to broker long-term solutions to the poverty and inequality in our city.
We believe in equality: We create an environment in which everyone is unconditionally welcomed, accepted and treated with dignity.
We believe in ability: We recognise that everyone who comes to us contributes something of value to our community and to society, and has the potential to do so in increasing measure.
We believe in progression: We enable people to learn and develop in a safe environment, to stretch their comfort zones and to progress into new responsibilities and new settings.
We believe in partnership: We recognise that meaningful growth depends on healthy, interdependent relationships with our participants, colleagues, volunteers, supporters, customers and outside partners.
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.