Life Stories

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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Keith’s Story

Keith, 59, has turned his life around. From a life of homelessness, crime and violence, he is now using his experiences to advise and shape how Manchester City Council works to tackle homelessness. “I grew up surrounded by violence and…

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Anthony

Anthony, 52, had spent his youth in and out of prison, sleeping rough and using drugs. He hadn’t seen his daughter since she was a baby. But this year he is looking forward to spending Christmas in his own home…

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James

James was made aware of The Freedom Project, our work readiness and life skills programme, by his GP. Struggling with mental health issues, James found Mustard Tree to be a non-judgemental environment that gave him the space to start to…

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