Cornerstone is delighted to announce the creation of 25 new jobs at a new development - ‘Highland Way’ in Buckie. Commissioned by Moray Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Cornerstone will provide tailored support and individualised packages of care to six individuals with additional support needs.

Branch Leader, Elaine Duffy, commented,

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Moray HSCP and feel really privileged to support the individuals who are moving into Highland Way - it’s a really exciting time! The development will allow six individuals to transition to their own tenancies (many for the first time) over the next couple of months and develop an increased level of independence. Through working closely with the new tenants, as well as their families and carers, our skilled support team will use a person-centred approach to help them set tailored goals, settle in quickly and thrive in their new homes”.

The opening of Highland Way also marks the opening of some great employment opportunities and the search is now on for caring, motivated and reliable people interested in joining the support team at Buckie. Suitable candidates will play an important role in helping the individuals reach their goals and to become an active part of their local community. Various permanent and relief contracts will be available to allow for the provision of ‘around the clock’ support that is tailored to each individual’s needs.

Moray team member, Morna Hay, is encouraging people to consider a social care career with Cornerstone and to think about applying to join the Buckie team. She said, “The great thing about this job is no two days are ever the same. You'll become part of a team who supports six individuals with various support needs to live in their own homes. Their homes are all situated on the same street, so there will be no travel needed while on shift. Even if you don’t have experience don't worry, Cornerstone recruits on values and transferrable skills and will give you all the training you'll need!”

“I absolutely love my job and there’s always support for staff available any time day or night if you need it. I’d highly recommend anyone thinking about making the move to social care, it’s the best thing I ever did.”

Highland Way is the first service of its kind for Cornerstone in Moray as it is a number of individual properties, but it also represents an important and integral part of the Health and Social Care Partnership’s housing plan for adults with a learning disability across the region. The full development comprises three bungalows and three flats as well as a communal flat which will act as both a staff base and social space for the people supported to come together and meet each other and enjoy various activities. Individuals will be supported to maintain their own tenancies and develop their independence with levels of staff support tailored to their own individual needs. The homes also include state of the art telecare technology, supporting tenants to further develop their independence. Support workers will assist the individuals with all aspects of daily living including cooking, housework, shopping, medication and personal care and also support them in pursuing their hobbies and interests too. 

One of the first tenants to move in has said, “Living in Highland Way is great. The house has plenty of space and is bright and comfortable. It’s exciting living in my own house and with help I can do loads of things and get out and about in Buckie to shops and the pub. I can still get the bus to work, too. It’s just a shame I have to do the washing up!”

The families of two other prospective tenants who are due to move in shortly have also commented, “Lewis is looking forward to moving into his own place, Lewis is very sociable and he likes to go food shopping, bowling, cinema and going for a walk. He also attends Burnie day centre three days a week which he really enjoys”. 

“Callum is so excited to be moving back to his home town in Buckie and being close to all his family. He’s so excited about having a bungalow with no stairs and meeting his new support workers. We can’t wait and Callum’s also feeling happy and can’t wait”.

Service Manager at Moray Health and Social Care Partnership, Charles McKerron added, “Cornerstone has been commissioned to deliver care and support at Highland Way by Health and Social Care Moray.  We are excited to be working with Cornerstone on this development and the opportunities that it offers to the new tenants.”

If you would like to make a real difference to people like Lewis and Callum at Highland Way or would like to find out more about recruitment opportunities please contact Ashley Aitken, Service Manager on 07703 439094 or email [email protected].