A bakery has received a £1,000 donation from local homebuilder Barratt Homes to help towards its work providing support to vulnerable women, employability advice and hosting support groups for victims of domestic abuse.

The Good Loaf, in Northampton, specialises in offering training to vulnerable women and female offenders within the setting of the café, on a range of skills to help them in the workplace.

Barratt Homes’ donation will help to ensure The Good Loaf can continue to offer its support to people in communities across Northamptonshire, including specialist employability skills, well-being groups and apprenticeships. The Barratt Homes donation will also help maintain the charity’s cafes in Northampton and Kettering where the apprentices learn crucial skills that will help them to progress in their working and personal lives.

Suzy Van Rooyen, Chief Executive at The Good Loaf, said: “We were really surprised to receive the donation from Barratt Homes. The donation will help us to support our students with uniform, equipment and travel expenses.

“The Barratt Homes Community Fund Scheme is a really great initiative and will help us here at The Good Loaf help others. We’re really grateful for the support and recognition”.

Amer Alkhalil, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support The Good Loaf and the amazing work they are doing.

“It is important to us a leading housebuilder to recognise and support local charities and organisations who help the communities near our developments.”