On Wednesday the 1st August, 8 of us ladies belonging to St Pauls paid a visit to the Mustard Tree in Ancoats. We were having a guided tour of the newly refurbished premises belonging to this Charity which we all support.
Well, we were all suitably impressed, firstly be the wonderful Welcome we were given and then by the professional and sensitive way the public were dealt with.
The premises themselves were second to none as the photographs will show you and the people who make good use of them can avail themselves to Food, Clothes, Furniture, Ornaments and enough to fit out a kitchen bedroom and indeed a home.
As well as material things the Staff try to stretch their horizons by engaging them in Music Lessons, Learning to play an instrument, recording studio, Art classes and the use of all materials free of charge. There is a Cafe/Restaurant where we enjoyed a cup of coffee/tea and a biscuit, they have a theatre complete with stage and the room opens out on to the cafe/restaurant in order to enjoy performances. They are helped to complete CV’s and apply for jobs etc.
All of the above is due to their Social Enterprise Scheme, they do received help from several large organisations as well as donations from people such as ourselves as part of our Community Giving.
I’m really looking forward to going again soon.
Please remember that they desperately need donations of hygiene products as well as food etc.
The slideshow below shows the St Paul’s group with Mark and his artwork together with some photos of the headquarters.