Spending a penny just got easier with opening of hub

Mayor of Lancaster Coun June Ashworth with the tile which was laid to mark the reopening of  The Cornerstone Lancaster community hub. She is pictured with Ann Shaw from Thumprint and minister of Lancaster Methodist Church rev Steve Charman.
Mayor of Lancaster Coun June Ashworth with the tile which was laid to mark the reopening of The Cornerstone Lancaster community hub. She is pictured with Ann Shaw from Thumprint and minister of Lancaster Methodist Church rev Steve Charman.
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A new community hub providing bathroom and changing facilities for people with severe disabilities has opened in the city.

More than £450,000 has been spent refurbishing Cornerstone, in Sulyard Street, as a Changing Places facility - the first one in Lancaster.

The facility has been designed to enable people with severe disabilities to get out and about knowing that toilet and changing provision is available for them.

The building also becomes a new home for Lancaster & District CVS, the umbrella organisation for the local charitable and voluntary sector.

Prof Peter Brophy Cornerstone coordinator said: “The facilities at The Cornerstone make Lancaster accessible for people with major disabilities.

“Lancaster Methodist Church is delighted to make this contribution to making Lancaster an inclusive city, in which everyone is a valued member of the community.”

Other organisations based there include Thumbprint, run by and for people with learning difficulties who run their own social enterprises and a community cafe, run by Lancaster Methodist Church, featuring local and Fairtrade produce.

The refurbishment was carried out with funding from The Methodist Church, The Joseph Rank Trust, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and The William Openshaw Street Charitable Foundation.

Cornerstone also features a bookable meeting and events room, to be used by a number of charities offering a range of activities from craft tuition to an exercise class for people with disabilities, and a counselling room, where professionals can offer one to one advice and support.

The Cornerstone is owned by Lancaster Methodist Church which manages the building and offers support to other charities.