We believe that community is broad and defined by each individual.
At the heart of Camphill MK are the people who receive support.
Their community and ours may also include staff and volunteers, family, friends and wider connections in our locality and beyond.
Our goal is to provide a strong supportive environment where residents can gain self-confidence and personal independence within a safe and enabling environment.
We wish to support people in leading as independent a life as is possible and that they choose, within the context of the wider community.
At Camphill MK Communities, therefore, we strive to create a community that is both supportive and empowering to all.

We all come from different backgrounds and cultures, with varying experiences of life, different skills and capacities and varied interests.
What brings us together as human beings and builds any community is celebrating and sharing life together.
We celebrate big things and small, from birthdays to international and local festivals.
Always with a view to inclusion and accessibility in how we celebrate together.
Some of our people may have a specific faith or religion, others may not, and we aim to include all in our celebrations.
The rhythm and routine of life are mirrored in our calendar of celebrations throughout the year.
Most important is meeting each other as equals, recognising what we share is far more significant than what might initially seem to identify us separately.

We believe that, through the dignity of work and meaningful activity, residents and other beneficiaries can enjoy both inspiration and fulfilment.
We believe in producing high-quality goods and services that represent both our professionalism and our diversity.
We share that through our public-facing workshops and activity such as our shop, cafe, theatre and horticulture settings.
Within our care and support activities, we aim to support our people to demonstrate what they can achieve rather than focussing solely on limitations that may traditionally be seen in disability.
Having any disability should not define a person, what sets us all are our skills and capacities, and we are all on a journey of learning and development to improve ourselves.
We are proud of the effect our work, routine and culture has upon our people, and we share in their individual pride and success as a community.

  • Dear Friends!

    Camphill Milton Keynes Communities Theatre, Shop and Café, will remain closed to the public for now.

    We really miss not seeing all our loyal customers and friends since we closed our doors to the public in March. As the lock down measures begin to lift in Milton Keynes we are contemplating our return to the ‘New Normal’.
    We are sure you understand that keeping our resident group well remains our priority therefore we will not opening our general public services for a while yet.

    Camphill Community staff and residents remain happy and healthy. We have been creative in our approach to welfare both physical and mentally in true Camphill style and are proud of the work that our residents, staff and volunteers have undertaken to keep busy and learn new skills during lockdown.

    Please stay in touch via our social channels and website, we will update you as soon as we know when we can welcome you all back to our Community.

  • Art & Craft Workshop

    It’s incredible how much creativity runs through our community!
    Our workshops are at the heart of how we live together, create together and celebrate together.
    Our Art & Craft Workshop brings together many individuals with different abilities and aims to reduce stress and encourage relaxation of body and mind through art and craft.
    Our service users can express themselves through the various art and craft mediums, make friends and get to know each other and also meet international co-workers, staff and volunteers.

    More Details

  • Chrysalis Theatre

    The Chrysalis is more than just a theatre; it is a performance, events and community space based in Milton Keynes.

    A multi-function space is used for theatre workshops and performances, parties, singing, eurhythmy, bell ringing, religious services, gatherings, celebration, Family and Friends meetings and fun days.

    Camphill MK Communities rents out spaces in the Chrysalis to hirers whose activities and values reflect those of the Community; inclusion, personal development, and having fun!

    The theatre offers raked seating for 200; cabaret-style tables for 150; refreshments in the foyer, home-grown catering from the Camphill Café and excellent technical facilities for lighting, sound and projection and more.

    Find out more here!

     

The third lockdown WON’T stop us.

The first lockdown didn’t stop us.
The second lockdown didn’t stop us.
The third lockdown WON’T stop us.
We will continue to support our residents through thick & thin in 2021. Please consider supporting our work at this difficult time.

Find out how here!

Founders of Camphill – Karl Koenig

We at Camphill Milton Keynes Communities are celebrating our 40th birthday this year!!
One of our senior managers, Thomas, has been discussing the various founders of Camphill to help us understand the legacy of how our community came about. He discusses how it relates to our community today and why our practice has a more profound meaning.

We know that Camphill is more than just a name and very different to most conventional social care providers!

Here Thomas tells us about Karl Koenig.

Karl Koenig was an Austrian Jew who studied medicine in Vienna in the 1920s and worked in an institute for adults with learning disabilities. König then worked as a paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom and had his own medical practice until he was forced to flee Austria in 1938 following Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.

Koenig came to Aberdeen and met with many of his former colleagues and friends who’d also fled Nazi-occupied countries during this time. They occupied an old estate called “Camphill” in Aberdeen, Scotland which became the first Camphill Community based on curative education. He was a great believer in the abilities and spiritual/holistic welfare of children with disabilities and the idea that they have a potential that can be unlocked and developed. This was pioneering when seclusion, isolation and chemical control were generally seen as the “correct” approach for people living with intellectually-limiting disabilities. Central to this was using the arts to develop potential- Camphill communities are always alive with art and craft activity, drama and have a very specific aesthetic and architectural style. Koenig was also religious and a great believer in the spiritual potential of those living with disabilities, inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s work before him.

From the first community in Aberdeen, Camphills began to develop all across the World – at the time they were founded, built, maintained and run by co-workers who adopted Camphill as a way of life rather than a job. In retrospect, it was decades ahead of its time considering how to work alongside and with adults and children with learning disabilities instead of marginalising them. It’s only in the last 20-30 years that the rest of social care has “caught up” with ideas around inclusion, dignity and occupation that were being espoused decades earlier by these communities. 

However, many of the Camphill estates are quite remote. It would have been interesting to know what Koenig might have made of Camphill Milton Keynes, one of the most urban communities and seen as an important step towards further community integration.

He did inspire two of the people who were instrumental in founding the MK community: Morwenna Bucknall and Ann Harris who both worked with him in the 50s and 60s and later went on to play significant roles in establishing and building the community here. Morwenna had many original copies of Koenig’s books, some of which were signed and may even still be in the library somewhere.

Thomas will be expanding more on the history of the movement and how the Milton Keynes community was built in the 80s for those who wonder “why is this here?”. 

We are hiring Bank Support Workers!

We currently have opportunities for Bank Support Workers to join us on a casual basis alongside our caring and dedicated team of support staff and volunteers.
Our team of Bank Support Staff will provide cover for planned and unplanned staff absences as well as bringing specific skills or experiences that we may require for short periods of time.

Find out more here!

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Camphill Milton Keynes Communities, Japonica Lane, Willen Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9JY.

Phone: 01908 235 000 Fax: 01908 235606

Camphill Café: 01908 308738