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Registered Charity Number: 1145726 Telephone: 01388 747892

Our vision is to support people while they heal themselves and enable their positive engagement with community.

Our mission is to demonstrate to service users and the community that homelessness and chaotic living which can lead to personal misery, crime and tragedy may be eradicated through positive changes, encouragement, support, education and inclusion.

Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling

Cornerstone is a homelessness charity and works to end homelessness through education, support and collective community effort. More than 90% of homeless people referred to Cornerstone said they felt little or no sense of community belonging or purpose on arrival and 70% feared that they would soon reoffend or would have offended if they had remained homeless. People referred to Cornerstone typically have inequality of opportunity that can lead to relationship breakdowns, debt, mental and physical ill health, substance misuse and addictions and offending. Homeless Link’s study, the unhealthy state of the homeless Health audit results 2014 record that 73% of 2500 homeless people reported physical health problems. 41% said this was a long-term problem. 80% reported some form of mental health issue. 45% had been diagnosed with a mental health issue. 26% admitted to hospital in the past six months. To boost equality and inclusion Cornerstone works proactively with people who struggle to keep a tenancy and those at risk of homelessness such as prisoners on day of release through probation service, those on community service or working with police prolific offender management teams. We educate on the issues that can lead to homelessness and support clients to achieve the skills needed to maintain a healthy, productive life and help them to become accepted and included within their community. Cornerstone has observed that more than 80% of homeless adults it has housed did not engage with the education system as a child. As a result of a lack of education, the homeless adults had endured increased exposure to a multitude of social and economic inequalities since childhood that included joblessness, debt and low income, drug and alcohol misuse and health problems. Many are third generation unemployed and have reached their 40s and never worked or been part of a team that achieves. These inequalities lead to low confidence isolation and low self worth. Cornerstone runs a joinery project in a purpose-built factory unit supported by a classroom and IT suite provided by nearby Willington Community Resource Centre. Clients build garden furniture and small garden products that are sold at the charity’s sales outlets - a market stall, two shops and the unit itself. The factory feel to the project encourages team work and, as part of that team, service users gain in self worth and esteem as they increase their contribution. Our projects excellent reputation, customer satisfaction and feedback to our service users increases their community acceptance and inclusion.
Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling
Cornerstone Supported Housing and CounsellingWednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 7:37am
The first bowl is cut on our new lathe kindly donated by Greta. It was once the pride and joy of her husband and we hope to make beautiful wooden items on it while teaching a valuable skill in his honour.
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Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling added 2 new photos.Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 6:00pm
More superheroes turned up at Cornerstone yesterday dressed to raise Cash for Kids and the first attempt was made on our newly donated lathe with a queue forming to try it for themselves. Thank you Greta and Gill!
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Cornerstone Supported Housing and CounsellingWednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 5:24pm
We are on Barnard Castle Market today until 2.30pm folks.
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Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling added 2 new photos to the album Hartlepool brochure Spring 2016 — at Glamis Walk, HartlepoolWednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 5:36am
See what's on offer at our new shop The Cracket
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Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling added 2 new photos to the album Spring 2016 leaflet County Durham — in Willington, Durham, United Kingdom.Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 5:30am
Our up to date products and prices
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With many thanks to our funders
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