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Bishop praises Cornerstone for ‘strong witness to Gospel values’

The Bishop of Salford has praised and congratulated a Manchester day centre for all the work it has done in providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults throughout this past year.

Bishop John Arnold thanked Cornerstone, a registered charity which is part of Caritas Diocese of Salford, for its strong witness to Gospel values during a time when so many vulnerable people in Manchester are in need of help and support.

“Congratulations to Cornerstone, staff and volunteers, on another good year. How sad that in such a prosperous city as Manchester there should be so many people in need of help and basic resources; so many rough-sleepers and people in temporary accommodation,” Bishop Arnold said.

“But how good to know that such high quality care and welcome is provided for so many individuals and families, where every visitor is important and has dignity. Pope Francis urges us to ensure that no-one is isolated or marginalised. Cornerstone gives a strong witness to Gospel values being put into action. Thank you for the generosity of your care and concern,” he said in his message printed in Cornerstone’s Annual Report.

Earlier this year, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, paid a visit to the day centre, which is located on Denmark Road, Manchester. Mr Burnham has pledged to end rough sleeping in the region by 2020 and, on his first day in office, he set up the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, and donates 15 per cent of his salary to the cause every month.

Cornerstone recently launched its Christmas appeal encouraging the public to consider purchasing gifts of love.

“Christmas can be stressful buying presents for your friends and family. Why not look at our gifts of love?” a Cornerstone spokesperson said. “When you think your loved ones already have everything they need, you can buy them something that they can share with those in need.”

Cornerstone has a range of gifts from £5 (buy a homeless person a Christmas meal) up to £480 (provide shelter for 3 people in a pod for 4 weeks). They can be purchased from the day centre, which is open Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 4pm or through the website:

Picture: The Cornerstone day centre.