Cornerstone is a leading provider of care for children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional support needs. With a team of experienced and motivated staff, we provide a wide range of services to over 2000 people and their families each year, and we are committed to improving the lives of the people we support.
With more than 30 years’ experience, our services are designed to be flexible to meet the individual needs of the people we support, maximising their independence and supporting them to build relationship and maintain social networks.
We identify outcomes based on four key areas – increased social inclusion, improved health, improved independence and responsibility and improved wellbeing. Our highly trained, professional staff believe in the potential of every person we support and have the expertise and experience to enable the people we support to enjoy a valued life.
We support people of all ages with a variety of needs including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, Autism, Fragile X and Dementia. This support is provided through home care, day opportunities, children’s services, supported living, community support, shared lives, befriending, community justice and short-break fostering. We also run six social firms offering employment and training for the people we support.
Our Ayrshire Children’s Fostering service provides support to families in need of respite. Short break support can make a real difference to families who are experiencing personal difficulties as a result of ill-health, family breakdown or other significant factors causing stress and disruption.
Our service enables children and young people living with their own family or carer to enjoy regular short breaks with Cornerstone foster carers. These breaks offer stability to a family be lending support and a break from their caring responsibilities. The service also supports children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in their home environment by offering care and support in a family setting where they feel safe, secure and well cared for.
The support is provided in the family home of our foster carers and can vary from one or two overnights to a week or longer. Our foster carers provide support for children and young people to participate in a range of activities, both in the home and in the wider community.
Our foster carers undergo an intensive assessment and training programme and are fully trained in areas including health, safety and risk assessment, first aid and child protection. We have a robust process which matches our carers with children and young people to ensure we meet the needs of everyone involved.