The Centre was born out of a desire to see the Community impacted and transformed by God’s love. Our new vision statement highlights this original aim. All that we seek to do is shaped by the vision. To see God’s love, healing and hope bring change and transformation to our local Communities, for the families and individuals who make up these Communities. Our Staff and volunteers provide a welcoming environment for people of all ages, backgrounds, faiths and abilities. We offer a listening ear, provide support and encouragement when needed and seek to connect people together for further help and support. We enjoy sharing our life journey together in the daily joys and struggles that we all experience, often over a cup of freshly brewed coffee and some homemade cake.
History of the Centre
In 1997 Reverend David Lawrence, the Vicar at St Michael’s Church, took a group of people from St Michael’s, Whaddon Methodist Church and Whaddon community to visit a mining town in Wales. David had read about how a local Church was serving the community after the closure of the mine. What they saw was a laundrette, community shop, youth groups and a credit union all under one roof. It was here that the vision of The Cornerstone Centre was borne. Whaddon Methodist Church received a substantial sum of money after a fire destroyed their Church building in 1996. They chose to invest that money into building The Cornerstone Centre which was open in September 2003. The Methodist Church had a community charity shop called the Care Shop and relocated to be part of the weekly Cornerstone Timetable alongside soup lunch and the laundrette. Today the Centre has over 300 people use the Centre each week enjoying the various activities and making use of the facilities on offer. We look forward to welcoming you here soon!
The Oakley Neighbourhood Project.
Oakley Neighbourhood Project, Cheltenham, formed in 1997, is a registered charity providing a diverse range of services aimed at addressing social exclusion, poverty and health issues through education, advice and community projects. We seek to support the work of the project and work together when possible to support our local community. www.oakleyneighbourhoodproject.org.uk
Golden-Oldies, or ‘Goldies’ as it is known has been running sing-a-long sessions around the Country since 2008. It has over 100 sessions around the Country and partners with The Cornerstone Centre to deliver a monthly session for an hour. http://www.golden-oldies.org.uk/
The Brandon Trust
Brandon Trust is a charity supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autism. http://www.brandontrust.org/
Oakley Adult Opportunity Centre and the Drop-In based in the Library
The Council run support services for adults with varying disabilities which is situated around the corner from the Centre. Most days support workers will bring their clients to Cornerstone because they will receive support and a warm welcome in the Coffee Shop and The Zone.