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!
Since its beginning in 1994 Reading Lifeline has provided a
place for people to find support. Over the years the service has changed
and developed to meet the needs of our local community. It has been a
privilege to provide a safe space for anyone experiencing infertility or baby
loss to talk and be listened to. We have been encouraged by the many
stories over the years of the positive impact that Lifeline has had for
individuals, couples and families at a very difficult time.
We have continued to review the Reading Lifeline service and
in recent years, we have faced challenges in sustaining it. After careful
consideration and as alternative services to support those facing baby loss are
available, we have therefore made the decision that it is time to close
Lifeline. We will finish counselling our current clients, but will not be
taking any new referrals. We will not be running any further support
Anyone affected by infertility or baby loss can access
support through their GP. There are also some other sources of support
which you may find helpful:
You can find a counsellor or therapist near you by using the
The Willows support group is made up of a group of parents
in the Reading area, who have all lost babies at various stage. They meet
regularly and provide support for parents who have been through and continue to
suffer the loss of a baby.
Starting Point is a local project that mentors
young people aged 15 – 25 into education, employment and training.
This is an exciting opportunity to mentor a case load of young people and to
assist our Mentoring Lead in the referral and matching of the young people to
their mentors. We are looking for an excellent communicator with
experience supporting young people primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The relational and holistic approach of Starting Point’s one to one support has
caused our programme to experience rapid growth. The support focuses on both
the practical support (e.g. CV writing, job applications and interview prep)
and social-emotional support (e.g. growing in confidence, self-belief and
The Mustard Tree are recruiting a Regional
Coordinator for Engage Befriending.
Engage Befriending work to alleviate loneliness and isolation by
recruiting and supporting volunteer befrienders to visit older people in their
local community. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who has
the desire and ability to make an impact in this rewarding role.
This post is for 10 hrs per week,
For more information please download the following job description:
Our Annual Report is out and its full of encouragement! With the help of our wonderful Volunteers, Supporters and Donors we have achieved a tremendous amount. Please take a look – it includes heart warming stories of lives that have been transformed.