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Barratt Homes donated £1,000 to the centre through it’s Barratt Legacy scheme, aiming to support the local community in the areas in which it builds.

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

The new outdoor areas will provide a great space for families to play and bond outdoors whilst forming relationships with others.

Chris Belyavin, Fundraiser at The Gingerbread Centre, said: “We have waited a long time to complete this refurbishment and the space has just been unused in the past because it was in such a poor state of repair.

“Now, thanks to the generosity of Barratt Homes and other community funds, we have an exciting, vibrant area which will provide a great social and play space for our families. We believe every child has the right to play, regardless of their circumstances and now we can fully deliver that opportunity.”

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.

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 new space looks fantastic and we hope that children and families using it enjoy it to its fullest.

“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.”

To find out more about The Gingerbread Centre visit