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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Humans of Camphill

March
5

Ever wanted to know what life is like at Camphill MK Communities? We continue our Humans of Camphill project and find out what life is really like at our community from the perspective of our residents and service users. First up is Alan T., read on to find out more! CMKC: How did you hear about Camphill? AT: My brother Norman has been volunteering at Camphill for many years and I got to know Camphill through my brother. CMKC:  What do you like about Camphill? AT: I made new friends at my house, with residents and staff already. There are many friendly people at Camphill, and I like the workshops here too. I have tried tools workshop, gardens, bakery, newsletter, and my favourite workshop is arts and craft and the Sunday art class, as I love painting. CMKC: What is your favourite food and drink? AT: Banger and mash. I like to drink water, tea and diesel (this is a joke☺). CMKC: What’s your favourite TV programme? AT: Escape to the Country, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, East Enders and Homes Under the Hammer. CMKC: What’s your favourite animal? AT: Horses, as my granddad used to have a farm and he kept horses along with other animals like donkeys, alpacas, chicken, goats etc. I like cats and dogs too. CMKC: What animal would you like to be and why? AT: Definitely a horse! CMKC: What are your hobbies? AT: I love classical music, taiji and yoga. CMKC: Where did you live before Camphill? AT: Woodbridge, Suffolk. CMKC: What did you do before Camphill? AT: I worked in a food workshop in a place near Ipswich. CMKC: Do you like football? AT: No, football is not my cup of tea. I love watching show jumping instead. We now have vacancies for residents, to find out more, please visit our Residents page.

women of camphill

March
30

Continuing with our series of interviews with the Women on Camphill, we chat to resident Tamsin about the importance of looking out for one another and how adapting to challenges can inspire confidence. CMKC: What’s your name and what’s your role in the community? T: I’m Tamsin, a resident at Camphill. CMKC: How long have you been involved with the community? T: Many years! CMKC: What’s your most memorable experience in the community? T: Janne and Lucas wedding two years ago. CMKC: How important do you think women are to this community? T: Women are very important. We look after each, especially in vulnerable situations. CMKC: Do you think women’s influence has changed over time in the community? T: Women take on new roles when it’s necessary. I remember helping out in a nursery in Downs Barn a long time ago, and the experience helped me to be more confident. CMKC: What’s your expectation of yourself and the community for the future? T: I would like to see more plays in the theatre. CMKC: Who in your opinion is a hero of Camphill? T: Joan and Hanne. CMKC: What is your favourite thing to do outside the community? T: Going to the cinema to see different films and also going to the theatre.

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