Cornerstone House Centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and is marking the occasion by sharing memories and extending thanks to all staff, volunteers, partners and funders past and present who have helped the organisation make a positive impact in the Cumbernauld locality area.
Registered as a charity in September 2010, the organisation was formed a social enterprise to serve and support the Cumbernauld community under one roof, initially undertaking this through the operation of a leased facility in Cumbernauld town centre.
Over the intervening years, it has developed into an established, highly regarded Community Anchor Organisation with a proven track record of helping communities flourish, providing quality services and facilities, supporting local citizens to be healthier and happier and assisting Cumbernauld to thrive socially and culturally.
Since its early days as an organisation focussed on community development, Cornerstone House Centre has consistently searched for new openings to invest positively in the people it serves in Cumbernauld.
As such, in 2019, with the backing of Scottish Land Fund, the organisation recorded its biggest achievement to date by finalising the purchase of its significant community asset at 1 Esk Walk, Town Centre, Cumbernauld, G67 1BZ. This now operates as a fully community-owned building customised to meet the needs of the people of Cumbernauld.
In recent years, the progress of the organisation has accelerated such that hundreds of children, parents, older people, unemployed people, people experiencing poverty, socially isolated people and people with health issues and disabilities have come to rely heavily on services operated by Cornerstone House Centre every day, week or month. Mary McNeil, who has been Development Manager at Cornerstone House Centre for the past decade, said:
“It really has been a fantastic and uplifting journey that Cornerstone House Centre has been on over the last 10 years.
“In the organisation’s 10th anniversary month, it’s great to take time to reflect on its journey from relatively small beginnings and minimal resources back in 2010.
“Although because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we can’t invite the local community to celebrate this milestone with us in person as we would have liked, we very much want to take this opportunity to thank those individuals, organisations, service users and supporters who have helped the charity accomplish what it has.
“The organisation has provided a raft of diverse and valuable community services and positively influenced the lives of thousands since its establishment. This would not have been possible without the kindness and support of a many of people and groups.
“In particular, I would like to say a big thank you to all of our charity trustees, who as volunteers have brought great leadership and strategic direction to the organisation over a period of longevity.
“Equally, I want to recognise the outstanding contribution of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a community church tenant which was instrumental in the foundation of Cornerstone House Centre and the refurbishment and maintenance of its community building.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges of 2020, Cornerstone House Centre is optimistic about the future and looking forward to continuing to work with the people of Cumbernauld in co-producing community interventions, services and solutions over the coming years.
“The organisation is particularly proud of the strong relationship it has developed with the local community since its inception. Indeed, amongst its central organisational values are being people-centric, helping, compassionate, innovative, collaborative and outcome-focussed.”
To further celebrate 10 years of Cornerstone House Centre, some fun photographic memories and highlights will be posted on the organisation’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms over the coming weeks.
If you have any Cornerstone House Centre memories or stories you would like to share, please email them to email@example.com or tag them on social media at #10YearsOfCornerstoneCHC.
The organisation’s community-owned building (at 1 Esk Walk, Cumbernauld, G67 1BZ) reopened its door to the public in August after a four-month closure enforced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with room and facilities hire once again available.
If you would like further information on any organisation’s services or activities, please contact Cornerstone House Centre on 01236 739220 / 07940 569527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.