It’s that time of year to start thinking about Christmas cards! We’ve created a new set of hand printed festive cards depicting squirrels and owls. We’re also having a big sale on for last year’s cards with many at just £1! Visit our Shop form 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday and grab unique hand-made cards for your loved ones.
Over the past several months we have been going through essential First Aid training with special help from Guardian First Aid-er Sonia. We’ve covered what First Aid actually is, from cuts and bleeding to what to do with burns and radiation (sun) burns and sun protection. It’s been fascinating also learning about the positions to get into when injured, how to deal with choking, emergency numbers and how to fill in accident forms. “As I have done similar sessions for my Mencap group, it is very beneficial to Camphill residents, staff and volunteers as they feel it is a great learning situation and they become confident enough to provide a positive contribution if a situation ever should arise”, says Sonia. We really enjoyed the training that included multi video clips and practicing recovery position. We had many questions and shared many examples, and the discussions about fainting, recovery positing and choking were a particular talking point. Thanks to Sonia & The Guardians team for such valuable & important training. 🙂
In the run up to our Recruitment & Volunteer Fair and National Volunteer Week, we are speaking to our wonderful volunteers about their experiences with us. We hear from Ellen K., a lifelong volunteer, about the joys giving up time and skills to those who need it most. Thank you Ellen! “Hi, I’m Ellen K., a retired house-mother (now called house coordinator) at CMKC. Years back, Camphill communities were already well known in Britain, but that I would once work in a Camphill was unknown to me. A short visit to Camphill Alpha offered me an opportunity to volunteer as a house-mother. For 6 ½ years, it was a wonderful, unexpected and beautiful time. I was bewildered when I saw how people with learning disabilities worked and lived. Love and friendship were very noticeable in the houses. My six companions (now called residents) made life not only beautiful and joyful for me but also taught me a lot. The festivals, which they held were rich with singing, dancing, acting, poetry reading and more. I also remember the little chapel where people who needed directions in their lives were welcome and opportunities to explore their options were encouraged. Full of wonder and fullness in life I left Camphill Alpha and went back to Britain. I’ve been at Camphill Milton Keynes for a further 16 years, so that brings my time in Camphill to more than 20 years! I never regret the decision I made many years ago. I can only say that if an opportunity in a Camphill community shows up, go and try it out!” (As told to Guimin M. and the Newsletter & Tech Lab Workshops)
Once again it’s donation matching time from MK Community Foundation & Local Giving. So for every £1 you donate to our community, they will match it. Win win! Please check out MK Community Foundation for further details and we thank you in advance! Every pound really helps, especially if it’s doubled.
As part of our Theatre Workshop, we have created our very own performance of Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat. A project just for our community where performance and creativity are very important to what we do here at Camphill MK Communities. While we’ve been busy rehearsing singing and acting, the team in the Art & Craft Workshop have been designing his dream coat. In just two months, and with the contribution of all residents and co-workers adding a stitch or design, Joseph will grace the stage with a truly unique dream coat! Here is a sneak peek of the hand-crafted garment and stay tuned for more on the performance!