BM - Inside the Gingerbread Centre at Stoke-on-Trent

The Stoke-on-Trent Gingerbread Centre supports families in the city and surrounding area who have been made homeless, or are at risk of being made homeless, for any reason.

Chris Belyavin, Fundraiser at The Gingerbread Centre, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Barratt Homes for their support, they are really helping to make a difference.

“The donation will go towards the refurbishment of our outdoor community and play area which currently is not fit for purpose. We plan to relay a block paving area and install a new safe play surface and new play equipment.”

The charity provides temporary accommodation in flats and houses and give specialist support and advice to help the family get back on track and ultimately back into a home of their own.

The Gingerbread Centre teaches life skills to parents who may have had a negative parenting experience, behavioural difficulties, mental health issues or parents whose lifestyles may put themselves or their child at risk.

Chris continued: “As an organisation that has benefitted from the Barratt Legacy, we do think it’s amazing. It has helped us to achieve something that has been on our wish list for a number of years but looks like it will become a reality this summer.

“Local causes tend to be the smaller charities or groups which struggle to raise funds and certainly fund for capital projects like ours. To be able to tap into something like this can have a big impact for local people.”

The team at The Gingerbread Centre works closely with each other and outside agencies such as health, social care and domestic violence support agencies to ensure that families in Stoke-on-Trent receive the right support.

Neil Goodwin, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support The Gingerbread Centre and help with the refurbishment of the outdoor area for the children staying there.

“The charity is making a real difference, especially in these difficult times, and we can’t wait to see how they progress in the years to come.

“As a leading developer, we want to lead the way, not only in the quality of the homes that we are building but in the way we support charities and organisations in the areas in which we build, leaving a lasting legacy.”

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