Summer Fundraising at Gingerbread Corner

Theresa raising money buy dressing up as a princess. Jacqui, Karen, Gemma and Josephine cleaning the CEOs car to raise money.

Gingerbread Corner Tile Wall

We will be creating a unique, fun and colourful tile wall outside the main door of the New Gingerbread Corner. The wall will be a source of
recognition, satisfaction and pride to the painters and contributors, it will be a permanent memento of children, parents, staff and friends who have had a connection with Gingerbread Corner over the years or who currently
attend. The wall can grow each year and become an annual event so that future children, parents and friends can also make their mark on the
Make a donation to Gingerbread Corner and you can have a free tile on the wall. Your child can paint the tile in a design of their choosing, or maybe put their painted hand print or foot print on the tile or you can paint a tile
yourself - or even have one professionally painted for you.

There are about 200 families that attend Gingerbread Corner (plus all of our staff, ex staff and friends) – if you all made one donation, got your free tile and persuaded 1 or 2 friends or grandparents to do the same we could raise around £5,000! Also available are larger advert tiles to buy giving
permanent publicity for your business, perhaps you could persuade your workplace to advertise on our tile wall?

Local companies can also advertise.

Small tile advert (2 tiles x 2 tiles: 8” x 8”)
Can include business/company name and logo,
address, web address and telephone contact

Medium tile advert (3 tiles x 3 tiles: 12” x 12”)
Can include business/company name and logo,
address, web address and telephone contact

Large tile advert (4 tiles x 4 tiles: 16” x 16”)
Can include business/company name and logo,
address, web address and telephone contact

Contact Paula for more information or an order form.

Picture shown is an example of what it will look like.

The Gingerbread Corner Gallery

Our new gallery contains some photos from over the last 20 years or so. We have photos of the children, the staff and even pictures of how the new Gingerbread Corner building was made. So if you ever came to gingerbread when you were a child or you currently have children that attend you may enjoy to see what we have.

View the Gallery here.

Gingerbread Corner Charity Gig 2012 - Out Side Room

Out Side Room will be performing a charity gig at Scream Lounge in Croydon on 6th January 2012.

Out Side Room are a fantastic new Indie Dance band from Sussex, they have headlined at well-known London venues and are gaining an ever-increasing following through their Facebook page.

The band members are: Max Davenport, 20, on lead vocals, and his brother Archie, 18, lead guitarist, keyboardist Jimmy Goodwin, 19, drummer Will Wilkinson, 19 and bassist Charlie Simpson, 21.

The band formed in February 2011, played their first gig in May and have already gained a following of more than 2,500 fans through social networking site Facebook.

An all-ages event on Friday 6th January 2012 from 7.30pm - 11.45pm. First band goes on about 8pm. Tickets are £5 on the door

Scream Lounge, 20 Southend, Croydon, CR0 1DN

There is a height-restricted 24-hour car park opposite the bar, and nearby parking bays/single yellow lines are free to park on after 7pm..

Packed lunches don't meet nutritional standards

Just 1% of children's packed lunches meet nutritional standards set for school meals according to the University of Leeds.

Lunch boxes are being filled with crisps, sweets and sugary drinks instead of healthier food such as vegetables, fruit and dairy products, It’s just as important to make sure the lunchboxes that children take to school provide a healthy, balanced lunch.

This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.
A balanced packed lunch should contain:

Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

At Gingerbread Corner, we do not allow the children to have sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunch and they will be confiscated

For more information visit NHS Choices website.

Explore our new Sensory room

After over a year of fund raising we have finally raised enough money to complete our Sensory room. A Sensory Room is a place where children and adults with special needs can explore and develop their senses and skills. The multi-sensory room can have many different features ranging from soft play areas, padded floors and walls and interactive equipment which make dramatic changes to the sensory room environment using sound, lighting and fragrancing.

A multi-sensory room can engage children who can learn through play. From following bright lights, shapes and patterns with their eyes to pressing buttons to make the sensory room change colour or even change colour to music. Users will become interested in their environment. Also due to the flexible functionality of the multi sensory room it can also be used to calm and de-stress.

To see more pictures and a video of it in action click here

Our sensory room will be available to hire, privately or to other organisations, for more information please get in touch.

Teenage girls need to drink more milk to prevent harm to future babies.

Doctors have carried out tests on over seven hundred teenage girls and found that two thirds have a deficiency of iodine, a chemical element that is important for brain development.
Low iodine levels among pregnant women are dangerous because it can effect the development of a babies' brain. Incorporating seafood and fish into your diet can also help. Other foods that contain iodine are eggs and dairy products, cheese and yoghurt, onions, radishes, and watercress.

Free counselling and support for parents

DinazWe are delighted to announce that an experienced parenting counsellor, Dinaz Engineer, has joined our team. Dinaz has a wealth of experience, providing telephone help to parents, giving one-one support and holding group sessions. She worked with national charity Parentline for 12 years and was a pioneer in setting up their services in Croydon. Dinaz works at Gingerbread Corner on Mondays and Fridays, between 10.30 -1.30 p.m. click here for more info

Free IT Training and Professional Website Design at affordable prices

Following on from our very successful IT workshops, we are now offering free IT basics tuition on a one to one basis. If you need help using your computer, browsing the web, setting up email or anything else you can think of then book an appointment with us now. Our sessions run for 1 hour and are based at Gingerbread Corner in Croydon. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or use one of our computers. Tuition is given by our IT Manager with over 15 years' experience, no jargon, just friendly training carried out at your pace.
We can also come out to your centre, school, workplace etc to do one to one training or group training for a small fee.

Please contact Ben on 01942446437 or email Ben to book an appointment or for more information.

Do you like our website? We can design your website at an affordable price. We are a non-profit charity with access to professional designers and website programmers who can design a website to your specification without spending a fortune. Please contact Ben for more information.

Vision problems affect learning!

One in five school-aged children has an undiagnosed vision problem that could interfere with their ability to learn.
The warning comes from the Eyecare Trust, which has launched a campaign to highlight the role vision plays in ensuring children enjoy school and fulfil their potential.
The trust says good vision before the age of twelve is vital as visual learning accounts for eighty percent of the learning process.

The IT Suite & Playweb

PlaywebAt Gingerbread Corner we allow the children to have some time using our IT Suite each week. The saftey of the children when using the internet is very important to us, so we only allow them access to sites that have been previously vetted by our IT Manager.

We do encourage the children to use educational sites and games, one of the more popular being Mathletics. But this is their time so we do allow them to play some games. All use is restricted to no longer than thirty minute slots. We have designed a system called Playweb, which provides the children with links to various safe websites and we would like to share that with you, giving you the ability to experience these games and websites with your children at home.
IT Room

click here for Playweb

Pics (left) Playweb (right) Our IT Suite