Who We Help

Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults. We help people facing a wide range of social issues. Cornerstone welcomes people from all backgrounds and operates a policy of non-discrimination.

Who We Are

Cornerstone is part of Caritas Diocese of Salford, a registered charity formed to bring together all the work undertaken across the Catholic Diocese of Salford. This organisation is dedicated to helping young people and families in addition to the vulnerable adults served by Cornerstone. Further information on Caritas Diocese of Salford can be found a www.caritassalford.org.uk

Our Aim

Our aim, in its broadest sense, is to provide a service that enhances the quality of life of our clients and bring together people from all backgrounds helping build a better community.



Our History

In 1991, Canon O’Conner was being inundated with people coming to his door for refreshment and financial help. He asked Sr. Pauline Gaughan if she could help him address a low profile but important challenge, the growing number of single adults, mainly men, homeless or without a settled address, penniless, hungry and adrift in the city centre. With a task force of highly motivated and resourceful women and men, and a porta-cabin donated by St. Bede’s College, they decided to set up a small café at the back of St. Augustine’s Parish Church in All Saints to give a sandwich, drink and time to chat to these people.

Thus, Cornerstone was born with the experience of the Joseph Cox Charity gained from setting up the Morning Star Hostel and Mary and Joseph House, the resources of Kennedy Construction. The apostolic drive of the Daughters of Charity, particularly the person of Sr. Pauline Gaughan, and the inspiration of the Divine Word elaborated in Chapter 25 of St. Matthew’s Gospel. It leapt from the notional half sheet of foolscap to a living and breathing mission within a matter of months.

Later, as the service developed, the operation was moved to the current location on Denmark Road. Sr. Lucy Dunne has been now in charge since 2002, sharing time and caring for each individual on a personal basis.

There have been enormous growth and changes over the last few years. We have seen lives changed and miracles taking place. Our outreach team supports people in the community, and people are loved as family.

From the beginning of providing a sandwich, drink and time, Cornerstone has developed into something we could never have imagined it would become, serving hundreds of clients daily with the loyal support from around 150 volunteers, donations from all sorts of individuals, schools, churches, charities, religious groups and commercial organisations. It exists today because of the kindness and support of so many, and will keep on serving, trusting that God will, as ever, provide.



The Centre has an ‘open door’ policy and was established to aid and assist homeless and disadvantaged people. The Centre functions with a Christian Ethos and an Equal Opportunities Policy which does not countenance discrimination of any kind.

The Christian Ethos is central to the way the service is delivered. The core values are ones which are shared by other faiths and philosophies of life.


To respect the dignity of each person
• To assist the disadvantaged in our society
• To create an atmosphere of calm, warmth and welcome
• To develop relationships of respect, not condescension
• To be open to change, to the views of others and to social concerns, and then allow these to inform our actions


The aims will be met in the following objectives:
By creating a welcoming, safe and relaxed environment for anyone visiting the Centre.
By providing an opportunity for users to discuss their needs.
By providing food at a very low cost (or crisis food parcels, as appropriate) for users of the Centre.
By promoting personal hygiene amongst the Centre users through the provision of shower, having and laundry facilities.
By providing good quality clothing at a very low cost or free (as appropriate).
By assisting with the provision of basic health care and access to, and liaison with, local health services.
By providing facilities for social, leisure and educational activities for users of the Centre.
By liaising with other organisations, voluntary and statutory, and by directing users of the Centre to such other agencies or resources as might be appropriate.

Our Inspiration

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me”. Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, insofar as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me”.

(Matthew 25:31-40)

Cornerstone Team

Lorraine Cumbo
Lorraine Cumbo
Sister Lucy
Sister Lucy
Sister Lucy FMSJ formally retired from her role as the Day Centre Manager in October, 2021 after over 20 wonderful years
Juneda Akhtar
Juneda Akhtar
I am the Finance Administrator here at Cornerstone and believe me it is not a normal boring office job. It
Rocio Moran
Rocio Moran
I am from Spain. I volunteered for two years and was asked to join the team.  I have fallen in


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