Stoke & Staffordshire

Gingerbread single-parent charity in Longton gets grant

A charity that offers shelter and support to single parents in Stoke-on-Trent has been awarded a lottery grant of £304,215.

The Gingerbread Centre will use the money to fund two full-time posts for a five-year project to increase single-parents' self esteem.

The Big Lottery Fund will also support courses in financial management for Gingerbread Centre users in Longton.

Chief Executive Barbara Fox said the grant would help empower parents.

Ms Fox said the charity, which employs 50 people, aimed to recruit parent volunteers to help other Gingerbread Centre users gain skills and increase their self confidence.

The centre will run healthy lifestyle workshops, keep fit sessions, stop smoking clinics and healthy eating presentations.

It also provides accommodation and help for up to 21 lone parent families and pregnant single women.

The Gingerbread Centre in Stoke-on-Trent is an independent charity and is separate from the national Gingerbread charity for homeless single parents.

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