Fostering and Respite
We offer short term fostering placements providing support to families in need of respite and to children and young people experiencing difficulties in their own home lives by offering support in a family environment where they feel safe, secure and well cared for.
Cornerstone operate a series of activity clubs across Scotland for a variety of age groups, the clubs go on outings, do arts and crafts and allow the children to experience new things and socialise with their peers.
Star Carers is Cornerstone's respite care service for children with disabilities and other support needs. The service cares for children of all ages in their home or out in the community. Star Carers supports children and families in a number of ways, whether helping parents at busy periods in the day such as meal times, school runs and bedtime or enabling children to participate in a variety of leisure and social activities in the community.
Many of the children we support have learning and/or physical disabilities such as autism, epilepsy or challenging behaviour and we develop individual care and support plans for each child.
Holiday Play Schemes
Cornerstone runs several play schemes each year during the school holidays. Our play schemes offer the children we support the opportunity to socialise and enjoy fun seasonal activities and outings. Our dedicated staff encourage children to interact with each other, developing their communication and social skills, while providing parents with the chance to spend time with other family members in the knowledge that their child is being looked after by a qualified carer.
Moving On Transitions Service
Building on the success of the previous West Dunbartonshire Transitions Project this new service is a three year project delivered in partnership between Cornerstone and SHARE Scotland. The service provides a range of support for young people, aged 15-25, with additional support needs, who are at school in West Dunbartonshire and young people, with additional support needs, who attend West College, Scotland, Clydebank Campus. The service supports the young people involved by helping them to develop skills and confidence that will enable them to become more independent, plan for the future and prepare for new opportunities such as further education or employment. Referral to the project can be by the young person, a family member, a social worker, school teacher or college lecturer. For more information about this service please download the leaflet here.
Based in Helensburgh, Jigsaw provides a service to children and young people with varying levels of support needs via short breaks, supporting young people into college, to musical therapy and film and art projects.
Based in Dunoon, CLASP Cornerstone provides provides holiday support to children and young people with a variety of disabilities. Those supported by CLASP enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including horse-riding, swimming and visits to the cinema.
The joint project between Cornerstone and the National Autistic Society works with six secondary schools in West Dunbartonshire over a three year period. The project aims for the young people involved to learn new skills to enable better social interactions and be more active within the local community. They will access mainstream services as a result of enhanced social skills, therefore helping to reduce social isolation. Pupils with an ASD diagnosis (or seeking diagnosis) aged 12 - 16 are eligible to take part. Young people are referred to be part of the project by the school which they attend.