Cornerstone opens new office

Hamish McDonald, Service Manager Angi Wood, Provost Hamish Vernal and Jayne Finlay
Hamish McDonald, Service Manager Angi Wood, Provost Hamish Vernal and Jayne Finlay

Leading Scottish social care charity, Cornerstone, has officially opened its new Self-Directed Support (SDS) office in Inverurie.

The office, opened on Wednesday, July 27, will support thousands of people to make choices about their care.

The charity also launched a brand new SDS website, providing information and resources on all the SDS options and giving a platform for users to advertise for carers.

Self-Directed Support is the Scottish Government’s strategy for putting people in control of their own lives if they are in need of social care or support to help them live in the community.

It allows people, their carers and their families to make informed choices on what their support looks like and how it is delivered, making it possible to meet agreed personal outcomes.

Cornerstone Chief Executive, Edel Harris, said that the opening of the new dedicated office will provide a great opportunity for people to drop in and discuss SDS options with the team.

“Our advisors will be based here to help individuals make the right choice for them and their family and be there to help them at each stage of setting up the support,” she said.

“The opening of our new SDS office and launch of the website is a significant step in providing a high quality service for our existing and potential SDS clients throughout Aberdeenshire.”

The new office was opened by the Provost of Aberdeenshire, Hamish Vernal.

He said: “Aberdeenshire Council has worked closely with Cornerstone over a number of years providing services for people in Aberdeenshire and we are delighted to be working in partnership to provide support to people receiving Self-Directed Support.

“Self-Directed Support has significantly changed the way we all work and provide services for people in Aberdeenshire. This model for the delivery of social care services empowers service users with control over their required services. It gives a person who needs care and support more choice and control over the kind of support they receive and how it is delivered.”