humans of camphill

Humans of Camphill

April
30

We continue with our Humans of Camphill series and speak to our residents about life at Camphill. Here we chat to Liam D. who talks to us about overcoming challenges, learning new skills and how becoming independent is an achievable goal.

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Camphill MK Communities

April
4

We continue to speak to our residents to find out what life is like at our community. We discuss challenges, the community, likes and more! Read on to find out more about Helen and her life at CMKC. CMKC: Where did you live before you came here? HG: I lived with my parents in Milton Keynes. Before coming to Camphill, I tried another place, but it did not work out, so I moved back to my parents’ home. CMKC: What were the most significant changes and challenges of moving to Camphill? HG: There weren’t many challenges as I got on really well with the residents who were already living in Soltane House, especially Ali and Peter, who made me feel at home immediately and helped me to settle in fairly quickly. When I first moved in, I had a bedroom on the first floor. Climbing up the stairs was a little difficult, so as soon as a bedroom on the ground floor became available, I was able to move into it, and I’m pleased with the move. CMKC: What do you like best about Camphill Milton Keynes? HG: I really like the friendly people in Camphill.  My ’64 Club’ now is within walking distance, during the summer I often walk to the club with a member of staff. I’m still in close vicinity of my parents, and every week I go home once or twice to spend time with them as well as catch up with my extended family members. I’m also very happy that my parents can continue to take me to my ‘Wednesday Club’. There are a lot of gatherings, parties and special events here, being a very sociable person, this kind of environment really suits me. CMKC: What have you learned or achieved since coming here? HG: I joined Emi’s craft workshop after moving here, at the moment I’m focusing on needlework. I think I have made quite a lot of improvement! In the meantime, I carry on attending my placement with McIntyre in Beanhill and Great Holm. CMKC: What are your hopes and plans for the future? HG: I’m happy with how things are at the moment and look forward to enjoying many more happy years in Camphill. We now have vacancies for residents, to find out more, please visit our Residents page.

Humans of Camphill

March
14

We continue with our Humans of Camphill project to find out what life is really like at our community from the perspective of our residents and service users. Next up is Fiona D., who’s been living with us since the 80s! CMKC: Where did you live before you came here? FD: I went to a Camphill school in Aberdeen for a few years. It was a school for hearing impaired students. I learned writing and Makaton – a form of sign language there. CMKC: What were the biggest changes and challenges of moving to Camphill? FD: When I moved here, I was already familiar with Camphill communities. Being deaf meant things had to be adapted to my needs specifically. I had a special fire alarm installed in my bedroom and bathroom. When the alarm goes off, I will be able to see flashing lights, or if I’m sleeping in my bed, a device under my pillow vibrates to wake me up. I also had a unique doorbell fitted, which works similar to the fire alarm. As I do not use verbal communication, co-workers and staff learned to communicate with me using the written method. Some of the residents and staff can sign a little, which helps a lot. I also have a software called Symwritter on my laptop and some of the staff’s computers. It puts pictures and symbols on text, which helps me to understand the writing better. A lot of documents are presented to me using this software. CMKC: What do you like best about Camphill Milton Keynes? FD: I like my art and craft, I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, painting and sequence art and I never get bored. Recently I bought a Samsung tablet, and I love the art App. I also enjoy photography and go swimming once a week. Best of all, I like our festivals, gatherings, Sunday services and all sorts of events at Camphill. There’s always a birthday party or two every month, and I make sure that I don’t miss a single one. Although I’m deaf, I love to go to Joan’s singing sessions, where I sit, happily watching people singing and dancing. CMKC: What have you learned or achieved since coming here? FD: I’m part of the newsletter team where I demonstrate Makaton in every issue in my very own column called ‘Learn Makaton with Fiona’. I’m also part of the bakery …

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