Cornerstone is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with leading energy company CNOOC International for 2023. Together, Cornerstone and CNOOC International aim to make improvements to the homes and green spaces of people with learning disabilities, autism, and complex care needs across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

The last few years have demonstrated the importance of having access to outdoor spaces and the positive difference these green spaces can make to personal wellbeing. Gardens have never been so appreciated (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) The positive impact gardening can have on wellbeing is widely reported and the positive outcomes associated are many. Gardening is proven to increase creativity, increase confidence, and improve relaxation. One aspect that is often overlooked is the impact gardening can have on your physical health especially if you have a mobility issue. The exercise that regular gardening provides helps people to become more active in their day to day life.

CNOOC’s UK business operates three major oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The company, based at Kingswells, has been supporting Cornerstone since 2017 through a mix of funding and volunteering which has led to improvements to our services across the Granite City. This support has led to the creation of sensory rooms, sensory gardens, and renovations to Cornerstone’s care and support services.

Chris Morritt from CNOOC’s UK Community Investment Committee said: “We are delighted to continue our long association with Cornerstone and proud that together we are helping some of those in our local community who need that little extra bit of support.”

Cornerstone’s Grants, Trusts and Foundations Writer, James McQueen, said, “Cornerstone has benefitted from the support of CNOOC International for years and this relationship has led to some brilliant pieces of community work in and around Aberdeen. Their workforce always goes above and beyond when it comes to volunteering. This latest project, worth £29,000, aims to go even further by targeting more homes to benefit more people.”

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You can read more about what the people we support, our colleagues and teams across Scotland have been up to in our Spring Newsletter.