Mustard Tree appeals for new volunteers

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Manchester homeless charity Mustard Tree are appealing for new volunteers to help in a variety of vital roles.

Voluntary roles include helping at the soup run, customer service providers across three stores, support assistants in their Freedom Project, volunteer and skills mentors, a food club volunteer and a music production tutor.

The role responsibilities

Soup Run Volunteer

  • Working at the soup run on a Friday evening between 19:00 and 23:00
  • Serving up to 90 guests with hot and nutritious meals
  • Signposting to the Mustard Tree premises where blankets, clothes and access to other helpful organisations is offered during the week
  • Providing an opportunity for the guests to have someone to talk to and befriend
  • A chance to express care and support in a practical way

If you would like to apply, complete this application form and send it to volunteering@mustardtree.co.uk before Tuesday 12th July.

Customer Services Volunteer

  • Committing to at least one day per week with the possibility to split hours across two mornings or afternoons
  • Supporting a retail team in the day-to-day running of one of the charity shops: Ancoats, Eccles & Little Hulton
  • Acting as a buddy to Freedom Project participants to develop new skills and achieve their personal development goals
  • Welcoming and advising customers and clients and answering telephones
  • Sorting donations of clothing and homeware
  • Ensuring the display is presented well
  • Assisting with stock checks and booking collections and deliveries
  • Operating the till and handling payments
  • Processing food parcels
  • Lunch and travel expenses are provided

If you’re interested in applying, visit How to Apply.

Freedom Project Support Assistant

  • Committing to at least one day per week with the possibility to split hours across two mornings or afternoons
  • Providing care and support for participants on the Freedom Project
  • Supporting participants with regular Outcome Star reviews
  • Assisting staff with organising and arranging monthly induction days
  • Helping to record and process referral paperwork
  • Recording and measure outcomes, developments, and achievements
  • Signposting participants to appropriate agencies/organisations which can help them
  • Monitoring weekly attendance and produce weekly time sheets
  • Preparing and hosting monthly graduation events, keeping members informed regarding when they will finish their 20 or 40-week placement, producing certificates, and collating end of project reports
  • Showing visitors and enquirers around the building and give them an introduction to how the Freedom Project works
  • Lunch and travel expenses are provided

This role has additional requirements, including undertaking a DBS check (free-of-charge). To read more about these requirements, click here.

To apply, send a CV and completed application form to Mustard Tree.

Food Club Volunteer

  • Committing to at least one day per week with the possibility to split hours across two mornings or afternoons at the Ancoats base
  • Ensuring clients have an enjoyable and educational experience when accessing the Food Club Project
  • Buddying up with Freedom Project participants to develop new skills and achieve their personal development goals
  • Welcoming and assist clients in choosing food from the Food Club
  • Enabling clients to make healthier choices about the food they eat through the use of advice, recipe cards and demonstrations
  • Ensuring goods are well displayed and inviting, following merchandising guidelines
  • Assisting with regular stock checks, date checks and temperature checks
  • Lunch and travel expenses are provided

If you’re interested in applying, visit How to Apply.

Music Production Tutor

  • Planning, teaching and leading a 10-week music production course
  • Committing to 18:00-20:00 lessons every Monday
  • Volunteers are refunded for travel expenses to the Ancoats base

This role has additional requirements, including undertaking a DBS check (free-of-charge). To read more about these requirements, click here.

If you would like to become a Music Production Tutor, visit How to Apply.

Volunteer Mentor

  • Working on a one-to-one basis with mentees in Ancoats or Little Hulton
  • Meeting weekly for around one hour at a mutually agreeable time within the normal working day (9am-5pm)
  • Providing a relationship that lasts for the duration of the project (and beyond if both parties agree)
  • Volunteers are refunded for travel expenses

If you would like to become a Volunteer Mentor, visit How To Apply.

Skills Mentor

  • Supporting the delivery of the Ready for Work Club in Little Hulton
  • Working directly with participants to assist them with all aspects of job search, application and interview preparation and may support in the following ways
  • Mock interview practice
  • Job coaching sessions
  • Information and advice on specific work sectors
  • IT training
  • Support opening a bank account
  • Debt advice/budgeting
  • Disclosure advise
  • Lunch and travel expenses are provided
  • Committing to around one session per month

Mustard Tree welcomes Skills Mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds and state the importance of having a range of other abilities. To see those capabilities, visit here.

If you would like to become a Skills Mentor, visit How to Apply.

If you would like to read more about any of the voluntary vacancies at Mustard Tree, visit here.

About Mustard Tree

Founded in 1994, Manchester-based charity Mustard Tree is “committed to providing life support for the homeless and marginalised.” Their sole aim is to improve not only the well-being of service users but life skills and resilience in order for them to move into employment or training.

Mustard Tree founders were inspired by teachings of Jesus and Christianity, however, they treat all individuals in need and poverty as equals, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, gender or social standing.

Adopting a non-judgmental approach, they take time to listen and invest in each individual. On top of providing life essentials such as emergency food, clothing and furniture, they offer sustainable solutions with their life skills programme, the Freedom Project.

If you’re unable to volunteer at Mustard Tree but would still like to support the charity, you can do so by clicking the link below.


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