Community hub celebrates tenth anniversary

Cornerstone house

Cornerstone House Centre in Cumbernauld has been serving the community since 2010

2nd September 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A social enterprise community hub is celebrating its tenth anniversary by thanking everyone who has helped it make a positive contribution over the last decade.

Cornerstone House Centre in Cumbernauld was registered as a charity in September 2010 with a remit to serve and support the local community through a range of services.

The service initially operated from a leased facility in the town centre, but in 2019 was able to purchase its current premises on Esk Walk with backing from the Scottish Land Fund. 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. In 2019 alone, 40,000 visitors came through the centre’s doors.

Mary McNeil, who has been the centre’s development manager 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 tenth 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 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.”

McNeil continued: “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.”