We currently have an opportunity for a Support Worker to join our Team! You will play a key role in enabling our residents with learning disabilities to achieve their goals and aspirations through their ongoing development. You don’t need any qualifications as a full induction plus professional training will be provided. Find out more here!
We want to share a profoundly inspirational story about the very first two Camphill MK residents – Nigel and Mervyn. Nigel was a resident at the Delrow Community but chose to come to Milton Keynes to help set up the new community in 1980 and be considered a founder member. He initially lived in the recycling shop in Olney with the first co-workers before moving to Oberlin once the community had acquired the Pennyland Houses. Nigel was something of a celebrity, and his story is quite an astonishing one that deserves to be told! Nigel lived with Down Syndrome, which was often associated with severe intellectual disability and shorted life spans, often resulting in them being admitted to institutions or separated from society. Nigel had a very dedicated parent who taught him to read and write at a young age and even encouraged him to keep diaries. In 1967 while he was living in a Camphill Community, he wrote a book called “Diary of a Mongoloid Youth” (the accepted term for those living with Down Syndrome was indeed “Mongoloid” not so long ago). In the same year he was also the subject of a BBC Documentary called “The Special World of Nigel Hunt” (you can still watch it here). Given that this was the 60s, a person living with down syndrome having a book and documentary published was quite remarkable. There is still some information about Nigel online – in particular, an account from one of the owners of the recycling shop who recalled: “It was our good fortune that Nigel came to work with us when the Camphill Village Trust was setting up a new community in Milton Keynes during 1980-81. Nigel stayed for nearly a year but in his own modest way it was some time before we discovered he’d written a book, and even longer before we were able to obtain a copy of it as the library was out of print. It seemed to us that this book was in urgent need of recycling. Nigel made an enormous difference to the working of the company.” Nigel stayed with the new community for a few years before moving to Ireland in the mid-80s, but it’s interesting to note that CMKC’s first resident was in fact, a bit of a celebrity – pretty remarkable. The other resident was Mervyn Thomas. Mervyn was a keen gardener and would role …
Waking Nights Support workers play a key role in ensuring our residents receive high quality care and support during night hours in accordance with their needs. The duties may include some support with personal care needs and medication but equally this role is about proving emotional reassurance so our vulnerable people feel safe at all times. You don’t need any qualifications as a full induction plus professional training will be provided. Find out more here!
On what was probably the hottest day of the year, Destiny, Andrew and Mary did an absolutely amazing sponsored walk to raise money for Camphill MK and RSPCA via Just Giving. They clocked an impressive 40km! That’s 10 laps of Willen. Many sweaty T-shirt changes, lots of water, giggles and good chat powered them through the rather tough challenge! Go team DAM 😛 A big shout out to Marie Groves for supporting them for the last half! 🥰
This year, we will be joining Mencap – a fellow charity, to celebrate the Learning Disability Week from the 14th – 20th June. This is part of our community’s effort to raise awareness, and to celebrate the achievement, talents and contribution made by people with learning disabilities. This year’s theme is art and creativity.At Camphill Milton Keynes, art and creativity is a very important part of our life.We have so many talented residents, co-workers and staff and their works have been amazing. In this film, we want to showcase some of the most creative work produced by members of our community.