Get Involved

Joining In:

If you’ve moved into the area or are looking to meet some new people you will be made very welcome. There are lots of opportunities to be a part of The Cornerstone Centre. You can come and browse the Care Shop for some bargains, enjoy coffee and cake or freshly made soup on Thursdays.

Throughout the year we have regular jumble sales and if you’re a movie fan come along to our monthly film club. The Cornerstone Community is supportive and encouraging. You’ll find practical help and people to listen and support you and be able to be a friend to others.

For more information on our regular activities please see our timetable.

All users have the opportunity to become Cornerstone Member’s, to attend our Annual General Meeting where you will receive an update on the work and finances of the Centre alongside new developments ahead.

Set Yourself a Challenge

Would you consider doing a sponsored activity to fundraise for the centre?

Perhaps you fancy swimming a marathon, running a coffee morning or climbing the 3 peaks?

You would have the satisfaction of achieving an incredible goal alongside knowing you’re supporting an important work that impacts a wide variety of people in and around Cheltenham.

Giving

The Cornerstone Centre is run by St Michael’s Cornerstone Trust and relies on the generosity and support of individuals, business and trusts to maintain our much needed services for the local community.

We welcome individual financial donations which can be supplemented by Gift Aid if you are eligible to pay tax. This means for every £1 you give, we can claim back 28p from the Government. You can make an online donation here:

Your donation will put towards the variety of services we run ensuring our Community continues to have access to a warm and welcoming environment to enjoy good conversation and find a place to belong.

Cornerstone Centre Volunteer Opportunities

A lot of work goes into running the day to day activities of the Cornerstone Centre. We would not be able to offer the services we do to the community without the hugely valuable assistance of our volunteers. It’s an immensely rewarding way to spend your time. Here are a few of the ways you could get involved in the day to day operations of the Centre.

The Coffee Shop is open Monday-Friday 9:30-3:30pm and serves a variety of hot and cold drinks with a selection of delicious homemade cakes.

Duties in this role include:

  • Setting up the café
  • Clean and wipe tables if necessary
  • Serving Customers – barista and food hygiene training provided
  • Taking payments
  • Collect dirty dishes and use the dishwasher
  • Empty dishwasher and put away
  • Ensuring café is well stocked. Inform Centre Manager if stocks run low

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You will often be the first person visitors speak with in the Centre so it’s important to provide a warm welcome. We see a wide range of people access the Centre including those with disabilities and learning difficulties it’s vital to treat everyone with kindness in respect.

The day splits into a morning and afternoon shift: 9:00-12:30pm and 12:30 – 4pm.

Duties in this role include:

  • Answering enquiries as appropriate referring them to the Centre Manager if necessary
  • Help to set up rooms for any bookings, providing refreshments as required
  • Ensure that people sign-in and out of the visitors book
  • Answer the telephone and pass on any messages to the Centre Manager
  • Take Room Booking Information and raise invoices, take booking deposits
  • Operate the photocopier, take payments and note this on the daily takings sheet
  • Help to cover the laundrette taking payments and note this down on the daily takings sheet

Full training provided.

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The Centre runs a Charity Shop which supports the Centre and the local community. A third of shop income is put aside to provide grants to local residents. For example we have provided money towards utilities and cost of holidays for some individuals with disabilities.

Presently the Shop opens on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10-12pm however we are looking to extend these hours with the help of new volunteers.

Care Shop Co-ordinator

Duties in this role include:

  • Make rota for shop volunteers
  • Sort and display any new stock that has come in
  • Ensure the stock on the rails is changed regularly according to the coloured hangers
  • Replace bric-a-brac on the shelves regularly to avoid the shelves getting too cluttered.
  • Keep store room as tidy as possible.
  • Keep bookcase tidy and change books if possible, empty donation box into shop takings.
  • Shop takings to be given to Centre Manager.
  • Organise a two monthly jumble sale, making sure it is booked well in advance in the centre diary.
  • Put a notice about the jumble sale in the Echo and produce posters.
  • Take left over bric-a-brac to the tip and books to a charity shop.

Care Shop Assistant

Duties in this role include:

  • Ensure the shop is ready to open at 10am
  • Sort and display any new stock that has come in
  • Change the stock on the rails according to the coloured hangers.
  • Serve customers
  • Note down takings and pass this to the Centre Manager

Put stock away when shop closes.

Full training and support given in these roles.

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Events Volunteer Opportunities

There are a huge range of events going on all of the time at the Centre. Here are a few ways in which you could get involved in helping out at some of them. We’re always looking for people to help in any capacity though, so if there’s something else you think you can bring, please get in touch or come in and chat to someone.

On Monday afternoon in our Café we run The Zone which is specifically aimed at adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. The sessions are quite relaxed with a variety of activities on offer. These include colouring, jigsaws, jewellery making and playing board games. Most clients who attend have support workers.

Session Assistants 

Duties include:

  • Helping to set up for the session
  • Spending time chatting with the clients ensuring everyone feels included
  • Taking the register
  • Taking the money for the session
  • Helping provide refreshments if required
  • Assisting clients with Bingo/Board Games as necessary

Training around safeguarding issues provided.

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Our Film Club runs on the first Saturday of every month at 7:30pm where we show one of the latest films to be relased in our hall on our surround sound film equipment. Over 200 different people have seen one or more of the films shown since we started in April 2013. The club subscription is £1.00 for children and £2.00 for adults.

Roles available in helping with film club:

Customer Service Assistant

Duties include:

  • Helping to set up ‘cinema area’ and preparing refreshments
  • Serving customers refreshments
  • Taking Film Club subs
  • Helping to clear up at the end

Film Projectionist

Duties include:

  • Setting up the film equipment in good time for the showing
  • Ensuring the hall is blacked out
  • Responsible for showing the films

Full training will be provided.

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On Thursday’s the Centre runs a community lunch where freshly made soup together with bread, cheese and fruit is served. Followed by tea and coffee all washed down with good conversation!

We have a soup lunch rota so you would not be cooking or serving every week. There are two volunteering options available on as part of the Soup Lunch:

  1. Soup Lunch Cook

Duties include:

  • Buying ingredients to make soup
  • Preparing, cooking and serving the soup
  1. Servers

Duties include:

  • Ensuring tables are correctly set
  • Put out accompaniments
  • Serve the various elements of lunch
  • Clear the tables

A more detailed description of soup lunch is also available.

Full training including food hygiene provided where necessary.

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Our parent and toddler group runs on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. The morning is full of a variety of different activities including crafts, story time and singing. During the session both toddlers and adults have a snack time with lots of yummy treats!

We have a two volunteering options for Little Pebbles:

  1. Break time co-ordinator

Duties include:

  • Preparing tea and coffee for parents
  • Preparing squash for toddlers
  • Ensuring enough snacks are ready for those in attendance
  • If the stock is running low communicate this to Little Pebbles Leader
  1. Session Assistant

Duties include:

  • Helping to set up the equipment for the session
  • Taking the session register
  • Collecting session payments
  • Interact with the children and parents encouraging them to fully participate
  • Opportunity to lead specific parts of the morning, (craft, story, singing)
  • Assist team to tidy up and put equipment away

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Prize Bingo Caller

The Centre began running a Prize Bingo session on Friday’s to the numeracy of the adult’s with learning difficulties who access the Centre. Since then it has grown into a vibrant community of fun, with a wide variety of people attending. We have a regular bingo caller but we looking for other people to join his team.

Duties include:

  • Helping set up prize tables
  • Ensuring someone can take the register, sell the bingo books and collect the money
  • Set up the bingo calling equipment
  • Call the numbers correctly
  • Give any notices out as asked by the Centre Manager
  • Let the Centre Manager know when bingo books are running low.

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