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Cornerstone Awards 2019

13 Nov 2019

The Cornerstone Awards are the perfect opportunity for us to recognise the exceptional people who work and volunteer with us. They also provide a platform to celebrate the amazing achievements of the people we support.

This year’s awards took place at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen on Thursday 31 October.  You can read more about the event itself here.

Colleague of the Year

We have more than 2,000 people working with us at Cornerstone, so being a finalist in this category is very special indeed.

Our worthy runners up in this category were…Geraldine Whitson and Bridget Jones!

Geraldine has been a model employee since 2014. She spends a lot of time fundraising, and this year took on the mighty West Highland Way and Tough Mudder event. She is a great role model to other colleagues in both her conduct and outlook, and is an incredibly person-centred individual. Geraldine sees the potential in everyone and ensures that others always come first.

Bridget is a quality improvement member and her input to our governance is very much appreciated. She is a whirlwind, especially when organising events for people in Peterhead with such enthusiasm and care. We see every week the difference she makes to the people we support, by ensuring they feel included and valued.

The winner of this category was…Angela Boyle!

Based in Glasgow, Angela is a genuine, dedicated and hard-working member of the Cornerstone team. She always ensures her team feel supported and happy at work, and goes out of her way to make time for them. As a result of this, she makes her colleagues feel valued, trusted and respected, and is always looking for new ways to help families. The families she supports have faced significant challenges, such as suicide, dependencies, and additional needs, but her positive and calm outlook enables them to manage these pressures. Angela cares deeply about the Growing Together project, and her team are behind her 100% of the way. Well done, Angela!


Team of the Year

We had a huge amount of nominations in this category –  52 to be exact!

Our worthy runners up in this category were…Payroll at Cornerstone Central and the team at House 1, Sherwood Place!

The payroll team at Cornerstone Central are always in high demand but manage to deal with a huge number of enquiries with a smile on their faces. As a small team of three, they work extremely hard, especially when they dealt with a back-dated pay award earlier this year. Not only have they embraced new systems, but they communicate effectively and always go the extra mile to ensure they provide an exceptional service.

It’s always a challenge to recruit to House 1, Sherwood Place in New Deer as it’s such a remote location but we’re lucky to now have a settled team. All members of the team have worked extremely well together for the people we support, which has enabled one person in particular to live her very best life. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the whole team and their achievements are always person-centred. What more could you ask for!

The winner of this category was…West Park in Inverbervie!

The team at West Park supported an individual who had a rapid decline in health and needed additional support, as well as supporting two new people in early 2019. They were made comfortable and confident, and a sensory garden was also created that is accessible for all. Additionally, the team did extremely well when they took part in The Lens programme and raised more than £1000 at a coffee morning. Well done, West Park team!


Ambassador 2019

 This award recognises the outstanding efforts colleagues, volunteers, and the people we support show to Cornerstone in their free time. It offers an opportunity for us to recognise those local champions who, through their efforts, have provided significant support to our charitable work.

Our worthy runner up in this category was…Susan Masser!

Susan was nominated because she lives and breathes Cornerstone. She always goes the extra mile to raise funds for the Foundation, takes part in events of all kinds and is always looking for new ways to raise more money. She is a true ambassador and tweets constantly about the Foundation’s important work.

The winner of this category was…Ben Alexander!

Only nine years old, Ben has supported his mum (a Cornerstone colleague) to achieve her SVQ qualification and become a happier mum. Ben then decided to start fundraising for the Foundation, and has sold lots of raffle tickets.  His bag packing skills were so good that even shoppers with no cash, only cards, went to the ATM so they could give him a donation! Fundraising has given Ben a positive focus and he is eager to tell everyone he meets all about Cornerstone. Well done, Ben! Read all about Ben’s reaction to his win.


Outstanding achievement award

Our worthy runners up in this category were…Liam Cairns and Kyle Garden!

Liam has transformed from lying on the couch to now going to the gym, swimming and walking.  He is also now cooking for himself and actively seeking conversation, even speaking in public! He is much more in control of his own life, which his family are delighted to see.

Kyle’s team feel he has achieved all of his personal goals this year, and he even won an award at the learning disability award ceremony in Edinburgh.  He has started work experience as a volunteer at Moray Food Bank and his support team say he challenges them to think differently. He has shown us that if we focus on ability, amazing things can happen. We are very proud of him!

Runner ups

The winner of this category was…Stanley Shearer!

Stanley has had an amazing journey as we’ve watched him transform from not leaving home, to walking to the local shops (to buy the all-important Jelly Babies) then travelling on the train to Glasgow with his support worker.  He has seen a huge improvement in his fitness which has also had a positive impact on his mood.  He has managed his fear of dogs and public transport by visiting train stations and helps to collect rubbish to keep the local area looking nice. Stanley has achieved so much in the last year, and we’re so proud of him for absolutely smashing his goals. Well done, Stanley!


Branch of the Year Award

Thank you to all branches who have excelled in their LCAST journey, received excellent scores in the evaluation, and contributed significantly to the Foundation.

Our worthy runners up in this category were…Moray and North Lanarkshire CS.

The winner of this category was…Dundee, Perth & Angus! Well done to Sara Murphy, the Branch Leader.


A huge well done and congratulations to all of our finalists!