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Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove


Neighbourhoods : Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

about us
Cornerstone is a lively community centre located in central Hove at the corner of First Avenue and Church Road.

The centre is at the heart of a very active community. Every week, over 60 different groups use the centre. Throughout the years, we have gained great experience in supporting and advising small, informal, self-organised community groups.

The centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users with an outside ramp and an internal lift. The accommodation is bright and full of character, being the award-winning conversion of the nave of St John’s the Baptist Church; the full account of that story is on our ‘HOME/HISTORY’ page.

We offer two rooms on the ground floor of similar floor areas: St John’s Room with adjacent kitchen and Brunswick Room. On the first floor is Adelaide Room, with views down into St John’s Church and above that on the second floor is The Loft. Details and plans of all rooms can be found under our ‘ACCOMMODATION’ pages.

All are air-conditioned, can be reached by stairs or lift and are complete with tables, chairs and whiteboards. There are baby changing facilities at second floor and a wc for the disabled at both second floor and ground floor level, off St John’s Room.

Please click FIND US for our address, map and directions as to how to find us.

Cornerstone is a Registered Charity (no. 1024932) and is run by a committee of volunteer trustees, two paid staff and a team of dedicated volunteer helpers.

our history
The centre is the result of a joint project between local residents and the congregation of St. John the Baptist Church. Work began in 1989 with the construction of a three-floored building within the nave of the church. Since that early stage, Cornerstone has grown considerably and it is now a very busy centre, hosting over sixty groups a week.

Volunteers are a vital part of our community services. They mainly help at the reception area and generally ensure that each day runs smoothly.

Cornerstone is committed to the principle of equal opportunity, both for its own paid and unpaid staff and the provision of services to the community.

Cornerstone policies for recruitment, selection, training, development are designed to ensure that no employee or volunteer or member of the community receives less favourable treatment on grounds of sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, responsibilities for children or dependants, disability, sexual orientation, age, trade union activities, political or religious beliefs, employment status, class or because of unrelated criminal conditions.

Potential volunteers will need to complete an application form and give two referees. All information given by the volunteer will be treated confidentially. The candidate will be interviewed by the Centre Manager, after which time both parties should be in agreement that a placement is appropriate. All volunteers follow an induction programme designed by Cornerstone’s staff and based on our robust experience gained over the years.

Full training and on-going support are available to volunteers. Twice a year, all volunteers come together for a social event where they have the opportunity to meet the rest of the Cornerstone’s team.

All volunteers supporting the centre will be reimbursed travel expenses and any other reasonable costs incurred in volunteering.

Cornerstone Community Centre
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The centre is at the heart of a very active community. Every week, over 60 different groups use the centre