Community

Cornerstone at the Corner House

Cornerstone

At the Corner House

St Marys working in the community


The Cornerstone project started at the Corner House on August 10th 2020, when the doors opened to the new home for the expanded Give & Take, the Learning Café and the Place to Talk.

Expanding the Give & Take with the help of Christine Elliott is now allowing Charlbury residents to have a year round place to share excess local produce (look out for daily availability) and continue to support our community larder. The Cornerstone continues to support a number of local vulnerable families with food boxes each week., supported by donations of food and money.

The Learning Café runs twice a week, supporting pupils from the Primary school in topic areas where they could benefit from one to one or one to two support. Most volunteers are retired teachers or come with expertise in a topic area that they can support the young people with.

Through A Place to Talk we support individuals and households in Charlbury to access support and advisory services. The Cornerstone is working with Citizens Advice and other service groups to give them a place to connect with Charlbury residents. We are able to refer families on to a number of support services.

We are grateful to the Corner House for making space for the Cornerstone. In the front room we have fresh local and surplus produce for all to help themselves to. We have community fridges and freezers and are able to provide food bags to households in need on a weekly basis. In our back room we have children's books and games, and grown up fiction. We have spare Charlbury school uniform which is available on request and brought out each term for all to take, to help those who need it and to encourage recycling of good quality clothes. 

We are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm, with a great team of volunteers.

We believe the Cornerstone can provide a base for all of Charlbury which would enable us to build a stronger community, both for those who give and those who receive.

If you would like more information on the Cornerstone, please contact us at cornerstone@charlburychurch.uk  or call us on 07510772764 during opening hours. .

Cornerstone, Corner House, Market Street, Charlbury, OX7 3QW.

If you are able we would be very grateful to receive a one off or regular donation to the work of the Cornerstone. You can do this in a number of ways:

• Pop into the Cornerstone and donate in to the donation box as often as you want to – do take and enjoy some fresh produce

• Give us a cheque – made out to Charlbury PCC with a note attached saying for the Cornerstone

• Donate online – details are:

Payee: Charlbury PCC

Sort Code: 40-52-40

Account No: 00032374

Reference: Cornerstone

• Give via the St Marys Church donate button – www.charlburychurch.co.uk/just-giving - if you use this option please email parishoffice@charlburychurch.uk  to confirm that your donation is for the Cornerstone

• Set up a regular payment using the bank details above. If you would like to gift aid – please email parishoffice@charlburychurch.uk for the gift aid form. 

Do come in and see us at Cornerstone and help yourself to free produce. 

Jo Paton, Cornerstone Manager

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