What We Do

Providing accommodation for homeless families and single pregnant women.

Rothesay Court

Helping Homeless Families


Rothesay Court provides supported accommodation for up to 22 homeless families, single dads and pregnant women. We have 17 one bedroom self-contained flats and 4 three-bedroom flats for larger families and 1 two bedroom flat. Each flat has a kitchen, bathroom and lounge and is fully furnished.

There is a communal lounge on the ground floor where families can socialise together, with a community café run by the resident families. There are also communal laundry rooms on each floor.

We also have the fun and activity club - ‘Play Today’ - where children can learn about themselves and their world, providing a safe and stimulating environment for the children and parents. The ‘Play Today’ project is funded by Children in Need.

Rothesay Court is staffed 24 hours a day and staff members are available to offer support and information. 


 
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Each family that comes to Rothesay is different and the reasons for becoming homeless are varied and complicated.

We offer support packages, tailor made depending on the family’s needs. Each support package includes benefits and budgeting, health, training, managing accommodation and if necessary, domestic violence and resettlement.

The team work closely with each other and outside agencies such as health, social care and domestic violence support agencies to ensure the families receive the right support.

The Housing Team consists of:

  • Operational Manager
  • Senior Project Worker
  • Project Workers
  • Mental Health Project Worker
  • Support Workers
  • Concierge Workers

We are supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to provide accommodation and support to homeless families.


Where is Rothesay Court?

Referrals


Our main referrers are Housing Solutions and Vulnerable Children and Corporate Parenting Stoke-on-Trent. Any referrals for Young People under the age of 18 will be referred by the Housing Needs Officer Young People. Any other referrals we receive will be discussed with Stoke-on-Trent Housing Solution Services prior to acceptence. Preference for all referrals will be given to citizens of Stoke-on-Trent.

The work we undertake is to empower parents to take control of their lives and by working with other agencies; we are able to offer parents a wide range of support. Rothesay Court is designed to assist parents to:

  • Increase confidence and self-worth
  • Promote life skills
  • Increase overall independence
  • Reduce the risk of repeat homelessness and the need to use supported accommodation again

 

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Catherine Court

Helping Teenage Parents


Catherine Court is Gingerbread’s Teenage Parents supported accommodation unit, which consists of 7 self-contained flats and 4 two-bedroom properties. We provide 24 hour supported accommodation for pregnant girls and parents aged 16 to 19.

The Housing Team consists of:

  • Operational Manager
  • Senior Project Worker
  • Project Workers
  • Support Workers

We work in partnership with The Young Parents Support Service, social care, health visitors, midwives, local housing providers and other specialist services as required.

Realistic support packages are developed with each young parent and will include positive parenting, life skills, budgeting, managing a tenancy, education and independent living skills.


 
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We aim to provide a stable and secure environment in a supportive and non-oppressive atmosphere.

We teach life skills to parents who may have negative parenting experience, behavioural difficulties, mental health issues or parents whose lifestyle may put themselves or their child at risk.

Our playroom at Catherine Court, used by all the teenagers in the building, gives parents the opportunity to interact with their children in a safe, fun environment.

Catherine Court recognises that teenage parents as also “teenagers” and we do not lose sight of this.


Where is Catherine Court?

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