Life Stories

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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Norma’s Story

Norma’s Story

“I don’t ever need to be unhappy, because when I come to Mustard Tree, they make me happy.” Norma first came to Mustard Tree after losing her father. She was struggling with anxiety, depression and was finding looking for work…

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Jamie’s Story

In a slightly different format to usual, Jamie wrote his own story as he was able to present to a corporate group recently who were pledging their support for Mustard Tree. He says “I was so nervous going to stand…

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Mark’s Story

“Mustard Tree has given me an environment where I can feel understood in a lot of ways. It’s given me my interest back in my life again…to have that is huge”. Mark has always lived with bipolar since he was…

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Marcus’s Story

Marcus’s Story

Marcus had experienced a challenging period in his life when he came to Mustard Tree, losing his wife in 2016 after long-term health problems and being her full-time carer for many years left him out of work. He felt isolated…

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Chris’ Story

“I spent most of my life, from when I was 15 until I was 40, using addictive substances. I got into all sorts of problems like sleeping rough, offending, going in and out of prison. That cycle went on for…

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Rozina’s Story

Rozina*, 22,  managed to escape the cycle of homelessness and secure her first tenancy in a flat. However with no savings , a low paid zero-hours contract job as a cleaner  she couldn’t buy essential items such as a bed…

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