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Manchester’s Unsung Heroes: Mustard Tree manager leaves life of drugs to mentor homeless with art therapy – Mancunian Matters

In Art Reviews, Charity, Comment and Opinion, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions on October 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

As homelessness figures continue to soar, with an increase of almost 10% in Greater Manchester last year, it appeared to be one of the only growing businesses during the recession. 

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But spending time on the streets, in shelters and behind bars has not deterred one man from devoting his life to helping those who suffer as he once did.

Just off Oldham Road lies a street full of secrets. On that street is a place where dignity, faith, grace, joy and truth are not just values that reflect off a painted canvas, but emanate, filling everyone inside with a glow of silent, selfless goodwill.

As you walk upstairs a giant, psychedelic portrait of Jimi Hendrix gazing at its admirer through knowing, hallucinogenic eyes.

This place is the Mustard Tree. It is a place that creates the sense of home for the homeless, downtrodden and displaced.

Caring 52-year-old Graham Hudson is Mustard Tree’s Creative Programmes Manager. He uses an informal mode of art therapy to encourage his students to rebuild their lives.

“They know that they’re not all going to be artists – but all of them are going to have to go on and continue with their lives afterwards,” he said.

He cites the example of one student, Gina, whose life was full of self-loathing and misanthropy, insisting that she couldn’t paint. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Art saved my life’ – pal of Oasis star has brush with success – Manchester Evening News – 17/09/13

In Art Reviews, Charity, Features, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions, Newspaper Contributions on September 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm


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The article is on page 6 of the Main Edition South/City – 17/09/13

Online version here: http://bit.ly/1537cf7 

Dorothy House Hospice Fundraiser

In Charity, Travel on February 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Such a fun evening. Covered in glitter but another £200 for Dorothy House Hospice made it worth it.

Good luck climbing Kilimanjaro! You must be swift as a raging river, with all the strength of a great typhoon!

http://www.justgiving.com/Samuel-Reeves

Sam Reeves blog

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Gaby came and helped with a fundraising evening. She oversaw the making of paper airplanes for a round-the-world game.

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