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  • Masaya returns to Japan

    Masaya has spent the last 12 months studying for his masters degree in education at Manchester University. In February he started to work as a volunteer in Cornerstone. He was pleasant, always willing to undertake any task, patient and understanding towards the needs of our clients. Masaya was impressed by the happy atmosphere and the various services offered at Cornerstone. He told us that they only have food banks in Japan, there are no centres that help and care for the poor and vulnerable. Masaya has his own business which is a school teaching English in Japan. After spending some months with us and seeing how the centre operates, his dream for the future in Japan is to open his own Cornerstone Day Centre.

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  • "Cork Penny Dinners"

    Two ladies from Cork in Ireland payed us a visit today. Caitiona Twomey and Mary Condon run the "Cork Penny Dinners" a centre very similar to Cornerstone. The organization was started in the 1800's and generations of Caitiona's family have been involved down through the years. It's run mainly by volunteers and opens daily from 6am until 4pm. They manage to feed up to 1,800 people a week which includes families, eldery, poor, and homeless. They get no government funding but get tremendous support from schools, colleges, local people and businesses. They were impressed by what they witnessed at Cornerstone and soon found we offered a very similar service. Caitiona is a member of the High Hope Choir, this choir is made up of people that were once homeless and down in their luck.

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  • Thank you Heineken Brewery

    On Friday we had a visit from Andrew of Heineken Brewery and camera man Ryan. They spent the afternoon at Cornerstone filming and interviewing staff and clients. Heineken have generously donated a sum of money to Cornerstone so Andrew and Ryan have made a video to take back to the brewery to show the work that takes place at the centre. Thank you to everyone at Heineken for your kindness, your donation will be of great assistance in helping us to continue reaching out helping the poor and needy.

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  • Our Green fingered clients

    Last year we were lucky enough to acquire two overgrown allotments. Some of our clients spent many hours working hard, digging, planting, weeding and in the end to their delight produced some fine potatoes, vegetables and fruit for Cornerstone. This year they have worked equally as hard and have spent many days sowing and planting their new crops. Once again they have done the centre proud and their plots are said to be admired by many of the other allotment owners. In fact one lady was so impressed by their efforts she has asked them for their help with her own allotment. Well done lads! You are to be commended for your commitment and hard labour and later on we look forward to sampling your new crop.

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  • Activities for Tuesday afternoons

    Tuesday afternoon clients are now expected to take part in various activities throughout the centre. Any client not wishing to take part will have to leave rather than just sitting around. Staff will still be on hand to help clients that need advice and assistance. Last Tuesday afternoon proved very successful and the centre was alive with activity. Games of table tennis, darts, cards, dominoes, chess, art and craft were played and enjoyed. The feedback from those taking part was very positive. Comments such as "it was lovely to be able to concentrate on my chess game without all the usual noise." "It was nice to move around the tables to play different games and talk to people I don't normally speak to" and "this is something I would never get to do"

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  • We welcome our new gambling counselors

    Cornerstone warmly welcomes Pat and Mike our new gambling counselors. They will visit the centre every Friday and offer advice and counseling to any client suffering from a gambling addiction. We are delighted to be able to offer this new service to our clients and hopfully it will very beneficial in aiding any gamblers to overcome their addiction.

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  • A visit from St Bede's Students

    Today we had a visit from three lower 6 students. They were accompanied by their teacher Mrs Hatton from St Bede's college. As part of a business project the students were given £10 to spend to see how they could make more money. They went out and bought biscuits and tea bags. They then wrapped a biscuit and tea bag together with an individual signed message tied on a pretty ribbon which read " Have a brew, from me to you". They sold as many as possible at college and raised £300 for Cornerstone. The remainder they took to the centre to be distributed out to the clients and presented Sr Lucy with the cheque. Everyone really appreciated this very kind gesture and we extend our gratitude to the students of lower 6.

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  • A walk in the countryside

    Last week fifteen of our clients enjoyed a long country walk in the Hayfield area where they were blessed with glorious sunshine. The walk was organised by Howard, one of our support workers with help from volunteer Frank. Our gratitude goes to St Kentigerns for the loan of their mini bus. Without their help the whole outing would not have been possible. The walk was lead by walkers from St Mary's parish in Hayfield, and afterwards a delicious lunch was provided for all by the ladies of the parish. Everyone really enjoyed the day and many returned sporting a lovely tan. It is hoped we will be able to have another outing next month as it proved so popular with the clients. Many thanks are given to all involved in making the day so successful.

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Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to adults facing a wide range of social issues including homelessness, poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction. We operate an open door policy and welcome people from all backgrounds with our aim being to offer support to our clients, improve their prospects and enhance their quality of life.

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