Tree of Life Centre

Telephone Befriending Service  

Foodbank delivering food parcels – through referral only, from Manchester Central Hub

A new central hub was launched on 30 March, to coordinate vital support for Manchester’s most vulnerable people, to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Tree of Life Centre Wythenshawe continues to support those most in need in the community throughout the COVID crisis. Although its Centre is currently closed to the public to observe the latest guidance from PHE, it continues to offer services vital to those most in need. The team are currently running an expanded foodbank service in partnership with the Manchester wide Food Provider Hub, delivering much needed food parcels to local families throughout the week and have, unsurprisingly, seen a dramatic increase in the demand for this service. There is a constant demand for food and partnership working is key. Staff, vans and slender financial reserves have been redeployed to meet these new demands.

The Tree of Life Centre is usually a place that provides many in the community the opportunity to interact and socialise. It is a safe place where locals can access help and guidance to meet any needs, which are a result of deprivation, isolation and/or long term health problems. It provides a friendly face and a sense of belonging and connection that is priceless and there is a real sense of family. In the current circumstances, although the building is closed, Tree of Life Centre have set up a new, remote befriending service with regular telephone contact for “a chat” with a friendly voice and to identify any needs, provide updates, signpost for further assistance and to be a trusted friend. As this project develops the team are  looking at new ways, through  technology, to connect in suitable and creative ways.

Carys Roberts, Partnership Manager says, “It is a privilege to serve our community, Our partners are critical to the delivery of these crisis services and indeed the future sustainability of our charity. We have received fantastic support from our partners, including, Manchester Airport Group, WeLoveMCR, Morrissons, Manchester City Council, GMMH, The Charity Services Group and Forget Me Not Trust and it truly is a team effort to make sure we are here with the right support at the right time.” Carys adds, “We have been touched by the support shown, however the reality is that there is need for more support, the financial landscape is extremely challenging and we are doing everything we can to ensure we continue to be in a position to offer our current crisis support and prepare for the coming weeks and months. We would appeal to any businesses, organisations or individuals who would like to get involved in fundraising, food donations or other ways of supporting The Tree of Life Centre, to get in touch”

Please contact;

Carys Roberts

Partnership Manager