Finance Score: -3
Governance Score: 2
Support Score: 6
  • Volatile income: -3
  • No PartB
  • 12+ Trustees: -1
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +3
  • Grant maker support: +3
Overall GiG Score: 5 ?


General Church work led by ministerial team. Lay members involved in running various groups. In 2010 a new structure covering 10 areas of church life were identified. Members encouraged to be involved to enable further development.Cornerstones has been open for eight years and many new activities and links with outside organisations made benefiting all ages in our community.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • This charity has been successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of gender

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • There are 21 trustees whereas the Charities Commission recommends a maximum of 12

Financial issues to consider:

  • A PartB annual return has not been required and so detailed financial information is not available from the online data
  • Income has been volatile recently
Established: 14 years;


Charity Commission for England and Wales

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
What it does
  • Religious Activities
Who works here?
  • 100 volunteers
Who it helps
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
Where it operates
  • Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne City, Sunderland,

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£130,000
County Durham Community Foundation£7,650
Co-Operative Group£1,598
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Cornerstones Centre for the Community
£1,598 21/10/2023
We support families in the local area with activity sessions followed by a hot, healthy meal. We also deliver activity packs and meals to families who are unable to access our in-person sessions.
County Durham Community Foundation - Warm Spaces (Including Workshop)
£1,000 23/11/2022
To provide a warn space.
County Durham Community Foundation - Quilting Frame Professional Tutor - Memory Lane
£2,500 14/09/2022
To support the costs of a quilting frame professional tutor - Memory Lane
National Lottery Community Fund - Mental Health and Wellbeing Sessions
£10,000 21/01/2022
The project will be use the delivery weekly sessions over the course of 12 weeks which will focus on craft meditation and counselling for local residents especially those experiencing poor mental ....more
County Durham Community Foundation - Mental Health and Wellbeing
£2,250 07/01/2022
A Mental Health and Wellbeing project.
County Durham Community Foundation - Food Safety/First Aid Courses
£1,900 07/10/2021
To facilitate Emergency First Aid at work and Food Safety courses.
National Lottery Community Fund - Cornerstones Centre For The Community
£120,000 18/07/2019
The funding will provide a range of services and facilities that meet the diverse needs of the community in Chester-Le-Street, including new courses in areas such as IT, crafts and more.
National Lottery Community Fund - Reach for the Stars' Film Making Project
£5,892 20/09/2018
The funding will be used to provide film making sessions for people with physical and learning disabilities. This will raise community awareness and promote social inclusion.
National Lottery Community Fund - Cornerstones Centre for the Community
£90,000 14/04/2014
Not Available
National Lottery Community Fund - Cornerstones central heating boiler
£10,000 21/03/2013
This is a project by a charity in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. The organisation will use the funding to replace the central heating boiler which is regularly breaking down. This will secure ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 09/09/2010, number: 1137919
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
13 returns made; AR20: 2 days late, AR11: 24 days late,
Main office

Chester le Street Methodist Church
North Burns


The purposes of the Methodist Church are and shall be deemed to have been since the date of union the advancement of -(a) the Christian faith in accordance with the doctrinal standards and the discipline of the Methodist Church;(b) any charitable purpose for the time being of any Connexional, district, circuit, local or other organisation of the Methodist Church;(c) any charitable purpose for the time being of any society or institution subsiduary or ancillary to the Methodist Church;(d) any purpose for the time being of any charity being a charity subsidiary or ancillary to the Methodist Church.

Defined Area of Benefit:


Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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