The Mustard Tree started as a soup run and this service has continued over the last 16 years.
On Friday and Sunday nights, volunteers meet to prepare sandwiches, hot drinks and soup before heading down to Manchester Christian Assembly to serve between 30-70 people living on the streets, in hostels, temporary accommodation or are simply struggling to survive in their current situations.
Many are signposted to The 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 Runs also offer an opportunity to listen to and befriend those who come.
For volunteers who help on the soup runs, it is also a chance for them to express God’s love in a practical way to people who often feel marginalised and many of whom struggle with mental health issues, addictions or simply loneliness. The Mustard Tree is a Manchester City Council approved ‘Street Support Provider’.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the soup run, please contact Janet by emailing email@example.com or on 0161 228 7331.
Click Evening Drop-ins and Soup Runs for Homeless People to see a full list.