Join us for our annual Sports Day on Wednesday 14th August. Expect Wacky Races, Parachute Games and the Human Table Football. Join in or just say hello between 9-12pm on our green just outside the Chrysalis Theatre. Fun & laughter guaranteed and everyone is welcome! ⛹️♀️
We are seeking to recruit fantastic individuals to fill several rewarding opportunities. These are fantastic opportunities to develop skills and create a living and working community where people with learning disabilities and those who support them may reach their full potential in the spirit of lifelong learning and development. We are specifically looking for: House Coordinator Trustees Support Workers Bank (Relief) Support Worker If this is you, or someone you know, please get in touch and visit our Current Vacancies page for all current vacancies.
We’ve been celebrating our amazing volunteers this week with the run up to our very own Recruitment & Volunteer Fair today. We want to say an extra special thanks to Hanne D., our super volunteer-hero, who has been volunteering at various Camphills for over sixty years! “I came to Camphill in 1955 wanting to learn English. I stayed for so many years because I liked the work with children, and I loved the way Camphill shared life. My task in Camphill was as a teacher and as housemother (co-worker), and I spent most of my Camphill life at the Sheiling Schools in Ringwood. I attended a three-year course in curative education, which was very interesting and helpful for the work we did. I appreciated the many festivals and plays that happen in the communities”. (As told to Guimin M. and the Newsletter & Tech Lab Workshops)
We continue to hear from our incredible volunteers about what it’s like to be a part of our diverse community. We want to say a huge thanks to all, past and present volunteers for contributing so much! Here’s Geraldine T., her presence provides all of us – residents, co-workers and staff with reassurance and a sense that all will be well. We love her light-hearted jokes and caring attitude. We also love her beautifully sliced fruits and perfectly made teas and coffees. 🙂 “From 2000 to 2007 I worked as a carer, this included physically and mentally disabled people, it was the best job I ever had! Unfortunately, I had to change professions to an office based role but missed caring very much. I found happiness again when I met my husband in 2011, I was lucky enough to retire in 2014, so I looked for places to go where I could be of use and fulfil my caring need. I found Camphill three years ago and volunteered. I help out in the Tech Lab workshop assisting the residents with internet, emails, Skype, making calendars, making cards on their laptops. It gives me great pleasure when one of the residents learns how to do something by themselves independently. I love seeing the residents evolve, but also being part of their lives, watching them accomplish all manner of things. I would certainly recommend Camphill MK Communities to people looking to volunteer. The community gives so much back, and my husband says I blossom every time I come back from volunteering with these guys. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives!” (As told to Guimin M. and the Newsletter & Tech Lab Workshops)
We’re celebrating our volunteers in the run-up to Volunteers’ Week and want to recognise their selfless contribution in giving up their time and skills to improve the lives of others. Here’s Norman T’s experience as a volunteer, his work has been invaluable to our community and we want to thank him! “My name is Norman T., and I have been volunteering at Camphill MK Communities for three years. When I retired, I wanted to do something that would help other people and that I would also enjoy. I like driving, so I called CMKC to ask if they needed a volunteer qualified minibus driver. I filled in the forms, obtained the necessary references and DBS check then Miguel took me out in the minibus to assess my driving. I think I must have been okay as since 2015 I’ve driven residents and co-workers to Newport Pagnell swimming pool and to the Gym in Bletchley. I have also driven some residents home for Christmas and summer holidays. The first time I drove the 370 miles to North Yorkshire, the AA had to come and rescue us because the car broke down, that was quite a day! I have also driven the group to Kent and Rutland Water for a Cycle Challenge, Stoke Bruerne, Warwick Castle and even Stratford upon Avon. I really enjoy volunteering with CMKC, and it’s hard to pick the best experience, but when I drove Emi F. and the residents to a pottery workshop at Delrow, I also got the opportunity to make a coil pot, and it was the first time I’d done any pottery! I have learnt other things too, Lidia M. has shown me how to prune the fruit trees in my garden. I think Camphill is a very rewarding place to volunteer; volunteers are part of the community, and everyone is very friendly”. (As told to Guimin M. and the Newsletter & Tech Lab Workshops)