The Matthew Tree Project, established in July 2010, aims to improve opportunities and futures of the disadvantaged and most vulnerable families and individuals living in some of the most deprived communities of the UK, by delivering the ‘Rebuilding Lives’ holistic, whole family, long-term engagement programme that can create sustainable, lasting change.
The ‘Rebuilding Lives’ Support Programme focuses on six fundamental needs:
The ‘Rebuilding Lives’ programme - created, pioneered and established by The Matthew Tree Project in Bristol UK - addresses these multiple and complex needs in a systemic, holistic way whilst offering fully integrated client navigation, throughout the process, with partner organisations.
How We Do it
We intervene early, before it is too late, and prevent families and people from becoming homeless. Common sense tells us that if someone is struggling to pay their mortgage or rent then they will have little or no disposable income. Food comes out of disposable income so if there is none, chances are there will be no food.
Operating from strategic locations across the city, the ‘Rebuilding Lives’ programme is a collaboration of like-minded and complimentary service delivery organisations, led by The Matthew Tree Project, providing a ‘full wrap around’ range of essential support services expertly join-up and made available in a holistic and tailored way – to match each client’s ability to engage with the support they need.
Annually, by the end of 2018 over 1000 of Bristol’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens (46% of which are families), were benefiting from the service.
Underpinning all service delivery operations, The Matthew Tree Project have a fully-equipped, and fit-for-purpose city-wide food logistics and distribution operation in Bristol, and operate the UK’s first professionally adapted Mobile FoodStore with which we will rescue and redistribute circa. 100 tonnes of [good] food in 2019.
...We are working to promote the importance of growing nutritious produce for those that need it the most...
Our vision is that our two food growing sites will offer therapeutic opportunities and vocational skills training as well as being a productive growing space to supplement the food given out at our Rebuilding Lives support centres.
We are working with natural gardening principles and permaculture ethics. Volunteers and clients will work together learning practices that encourage biodiversity, and food growing methods to produce nutritious and delicious food.
As this project develops there will be opportunities not only in the growing, but to learn skills in event planning, social media and marketing, budgeting and scheduling.
...We currently meet every Thursday 12-4pm at Talbot Road Allotments and tend to work Wednesday afternoons at Hartcliffe Park farm...
Minimum commitment level: Once a week
Start Date: 12-06-2019
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 04:00 PM