Portlethen Development Opening

The family of a former-Cornerstone employee who sadly passed away in 2011 attended the opening of our purpose-built social housing complex for adults with learning difficulties, which has been named in her memory.

The husband and daughters of Gwen Angus, who worked for Cornerstone for over 15 years, were present at special ceremony to officially open the Angus Court development in Portlethen.

Guests at the event, which included some of the new residents who will move into Angus Court, were given a tour of the accommodation following a short presentation from our Chief Executive, Edel Harris, and the official cutting of the ribbon by Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn.

Situated in the Bourtree area, there are six flats in the new build, which will allow six people with disabilities from the local area to enjoy a home of their own.

Each flat uses the latest technology to allow the people who live there to be supported by Cornerstone staff and feel safe while maintaining an optimum level of independence. The properties are also equipped to deal with residents' changing needs.

Land for the flats was secured with the help of Aberdeenshire Council, and funding for the scheme was provided by the Scottish Government.

A fundraising campaign launched by Cornerstone – Home Is Where the Heart Is – saw the remaining £300,000 target raised by schools, community groups, private companies and individuals.  Their generosity is to be applauded and we really appreciate it. Many local companies have also supported our fundraising activities including Royal Bank of Scotland, Premier Oil, Dominion Gas, Aberdeen Asset Management, Maersk Oil to name but a few and a special mention must go to William Wilson who contributed goods in kind and saved us significant spend.

Edel said: “We have come a long way since the beginning of this project and it is great to now be at the stage where we can officially open Angus Court and have the residents moved in to their new homes.

“We could not have got to this stage without the huge support of everyone who has donated to the project and all the organisations who have given us their backing to ensure the development was completed.

“Cornerstone’s overall aim is to enable the people it supports to live a valued life; a valued life is one where people are accepted in society, have the opportunity to make friends and have relationships and are given the chance to do meaningful things with their time. Having a home they can call their own is an important step in this process.”

The opening ceremony was sponsored by IFB – Internet For Business, an Aberdeen-based internet service provider, and images can be found on our Facebook page HERE.

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