Social housing for us is so much more than simply providing a roof and four walls. Our aim is to deliver homes that our own team would be proud to live in. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without our partners. Cornerstone Partnership is an enabler. We find innovative ways to dismantle systemic barriers to social housing. We connect people, organisations and resources to open the door to opportunities that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
Our vision is for a society where everyone can live in a suitable, good quality home they can afford. We partner with councils, charities, property owners and impact investors to make this a reality. By uniting the private and social sectors, and engaging people to invest in our shared vision, we build consensus and create impact at scale. Resulting in more socially focused homes of better quality, and more resilient communities.
We prioritise people and long-term, sustainable value creation over short-term profit. We believe decent, safe and affordable housing is a foundation for people’s lives. Improving lives has been our most important driver from the start. It is the ‘why’ in all that we do.
We’re the cornerstone that connects councils, charities, property owners and investors. We mobilise organisations and resources that together can deliver more impact and better output. We see our organisation as part of a larger web of activity targeting a cause. Mission-aligned partnerships help us to achieve the scale and sustainability needed to meet our shared goals.
We have big dreams and set big goals. We stay clear on the outcomes we want to achieve, but flexible on our approach. We strive to deliver social housing solutions that lead to lasting, positive change. This requires innovation and adaptivity from our organisation and others within the sector.
Quality and sustainability are non-negotiable for us. We ensure that the homes we are responsible for remain safe, suitable and sustainable for many years to come. We are committed to a low carbon homes standard for all new build homes and we upgrade existing homes to make them more energy efficient. Reducing emissions and cutting energy bills helps people as well as the environment.
Our 2 company Directors, Dean Starr and Gavin Mullaley, worked together in very high-pressure corporate roles for a number of years before going their separate ways. However, a shared passion for property meant their paths soon crossed once again at an auction – and even ended up bidding on the same property! Rather than competing with one another they decided to team up and work on the project together to develop their working relationship and form the vision.
Cornerstone Partnership is essentially an evolution of this first joint property purchase, aligned with another shared passion for wanting to help people most in need. Gavin’s faith also provided a spark of inspiration after donating one of his properties to a Christian charity and receiving it back in an extremely poor condition when their partnership ended. Then came the lightbulb moment. Surely there is a way to provide quality social housing, whilst still ensuring the property is kept safe, suitable and sustainable for years to come. This became the foundation of Cornerstone Partnership, and remains our focus to this day.
Our motto: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,”
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