We are delighted to welcome Alison Awuku as a Trustee

We are delighted to welcome Alison Awuku as a Trustee of The Mustard Tree.

Alison spent just over 15 years in the Financial Services sector, working in Investment Management and Insurance companies as a Compliance Manager, overseeing regulatory activities in various European countries. She then trained and qualified as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. She has had a keen interest in the Mustard Tree projects for a number of years and has previously worked with the Rahab project and Reading Lifeline.  She lives in Reading with her husband and two children.

Click here to see more about our Trustees.

Join our Trustees team

The Mustard Tree Foundation partners with local communities, charities, and statutory organisations to identify and address unmet needs among the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society.  As a charity with a Christian ethos the projects we generate are inspired by our faith.  Therefore, they are designed to serve all sections of our diverse community without discrimination. 

The main projects at present are:

  • Engage – Reducing isolation and loneliness by developing positive relationships and networks in our community.
  • Rahab – Identifying, supporting and empowering anyone affected by sexual exploitation.
  • Starting Point – Providing mentoring and creating opportunities for young people aged 11-25 who face disadvantage. 

The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and policies of The Mustard Tree and guiding and supporting the Chief Executive and team.  The charity is going through a period of growth and change.  We are looking for Trustees who can help us in this transition, and use their skills and experience to help us build on ours, ensuring we achieve the best impact.  We are particularly looking to recruit people who have practical experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience of the issues that we seek to address.  Including social isolation, marginalisation, and disadvantage.
  • Finance management and planning
  • Marketing or communications
  • Legal
  • Personnel management

We are keen to encourage Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants who are currently underrepresented on our board.  Our Trustees must be Christians with an active faith who will embed our ethos and values into the organisation.  We believe in the power of prayer to transform situations and so spend time at our meetings praying together.

Trustee Meetings are held quarterly in the evening, and we also ask trustees to support one of our operational subgroups, which typically involves a daytime meeting once a quarter.

For more information please contact our Chair of Trustees, Mick Penson by email: mjp@44p.co.uk

Celebration Event

We celebrated the launch of our new client hub on Thursday 6th February.  It was fantastic to see so many people there who have the same passion to see transformation in our town.  It was a wonderful opportunity to share stories of changed lives and celebrate all the ways we are working together to provide support across the town.

The Mustard Tree’s diverse projects all address unmet social needs, and reach out to people who would otherwise be isolated and face barriers in accessing support.  Now we have more space we will be able to continue to grow to meet the demands of the increasing number of people we are supporting.  In addition, we can host new activities  If you have an idea for how we can be supporting people in our community do get in touch.  We would also love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and help make a difference!

To find out how you can get involved please click here.   You can also sign up for latest news by emailing mike.atkinson@themustardtree.org

Thank you to everyone who came to support us and helped make it a wonderful event.