Business Breakfast Launches Campaign

Cornerstone has introduced their camapaign to raise £300,000 to build a new social housing development near Aberdeen at a business breakfast in Portlethen. We hope to raise enough money to build six flats in Portlethen for people with disabilities.

Each flat will use the latest technology to allow the people who live there to be supported by Cornerstone staff while maintaining a good level of independence.

Members of the local business community, including representatives from CNR International, Williamson & Dunn and The Wood Group, attended a business breakfast at Portlethen Golf Club where they were given a presentation on corporate social responsibility by Dana Petroleum CEO, Dr Marcus Richards, and shown a DVD on ways they can get involved with the campaign.

With the support of Aberdeenshire Council, the land for the flats has now been secured and the focus is now on raising the necessary funds to begin building.

Vanessa Smith, Cornerstone's fundraising coordinator, said: "Finding a place to live is often difficult for people with disabilities, especially if a person has complex needs. In the past, the only options for many young people and adults with disabilities have been institutions, group homes or living with family.

"There are financial, attitudinal and physical barriers that combine to make having a home of your own an unattainable dream for many people with disabilities. However, every day Cornerstone sees the difference that supporting people to live independently can make to people with disabilities and their communities.

"By joining Cornerstone's Home is where the heart is campaign today you can be sure you are making a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities and other support needs in your community."

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