Each and every Friday evening between 19:00 – 20:30, we invite guests into our Ancoats base where we serve them with a hot and nutritious meal. Typically we serve up to 90 people who live on the streets, in hostels, temporary accommodation or who are simply struggling to survive in their current situations.
From the Soup Run, we are able to signpost to Mustard Tree premises during the week to receive blankets and warm clothes, or to other organisations for advice and support. Whilst the provision of food and drink is essential, the Soup Run also offers an opportunity to listen to and befriend those who attend.
For volunteers who help on the soup runs, it is also a chance for them to express care and support in a practical way to people who often feel marginalised and unappreciated. Many of our soup run clients struggle with mental health issues, addictions or simply loneliness. Mustard Tree is a Manchester City Council approved ‘Street Support Provider’.