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Cornerstone Welcomes Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health

29 Jun 2018

Cornerstone Welcomes Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Cornerstone Introduce new model of social care to Scotland, ‘Local Cornerstone’

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Glasgow, Aberdeen – June 26th 2018  - Cornerstone, one of Scotland’s largest charities and leading provider of services for people with disabilities and other support needs, is pleased to announce that on Monday, June 25th they welcomed Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to their West Dunbartonshire branch.  Ms Robison, who is also an SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dundee City East, attended Cornerstones’ Carman Centre in Renton, and Moss Cottage in Dumbarton.

 Ms Robison was welcomed to the Carman Centre for an overview of Cornerstone’s innovative strategic plan ‘Local Cornerstone’ by CEO Edel Harris. Members of the Cornerstone board, senior leadership team and West Dunbartonshire branch were also in attendance. In today’s often documented challenges within the care sector, Edel updated Ms Robison on Cornerstone’s current three year strategic plan ‘Local Cornerstone’ which highlights, among other things the concept of self-organising teams (known as local care and support teams), and how Cornerstone has taken this pioneering approach to address some of the challenges facing the  social care sector. The new model incorporates a coaching and mentoring culture and a significant investment in technology.

 After her visit to the Carman Centre, Ms Robison also visited Moss Cottage, a home for five men, most of who have been supported by Cornerstone since 2000. Moss Cottage in Dumbarton is home to one of Cornerstone’s first local care and support teams, which consists of 11 team members, all with the equal responsibilities of running the team in this new non-hierarchical way.

“It’s been a real pleasure to welcome Ms Robison to our West Dunbartonshire branch to hear all about our exciting new approach to social care ”, said Edel Harris, CEO at Cornerstone. “Putting the people we support at the centre of everything we do is key to the successful implementation of ‘Local Cornerstone’. We now have 31 local care and support teams at different stages of operation throughout Scotland, and are really honoured to invite Ms Robison to Moss Cottage as they were the first team to sign up and operate within this new self-organising framework.” During her visit, Ms. Robison met with several of the Moss Cottage local care and support team members, as well as the people Cornerstone supports and their families.

 “This is an excellent example of the forward-thinking work that is going on in social care across Scotland”, said Ms Robison. “We know the sector is facing significant challenges and there is no single answer. Organisations like Cornerstone are taking innovative approaches to meeting some of these challenges to ensure that services are sustainable in the future. In particular, Cornerstone places a strong emphasis on empowering staff to be flexible and enable individuals, carers and their families to have flexibility, choice and control over the support services they receive.”

Cornerstone consists of ten branches operating within 19 of Scotland’s local authority areas, and is the largest care and support provider in West Dunbartonshire. For further information on Cornerstone please visit or call 0300 131 3333.

 About Cornerstone

Cornerstone provides care and support for adults, young people and children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs across Scotland. Since 1980, Cornerstone has grown to support more than 2,500 people each year, delivering services within 19 local authority areas across Scotland. More information on Cornerstone can be found by visiting


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