We are delighted to announce that our Cafe will re-open to the public on Monday 7th June.Whether you’re after a delicious lunch, a coffee or want to buy our daily baked bread or homemade preserves, we can’t wait to welcome you all! To ensure the safety of our staff and customers things may be a little different when you visit. Our aim remains the same to create a peaceful atmosphere accompanied by good food and first-class friendly service. You will now be able to purchase our delicious artisan bread, homemade preserves and honey in the Café. The room previously used as a Shop is now a fantastic new Textile Workshop, and our new Pottery Workshop next door will have open studios for you to visit & meet our skilled crafters and view the range of unique hand-crafts on sale. Please call to reserve your table in the café from the 1st of June by calling: 01908 308738And look out for further information in the coming weeks!
We have a unique opportunity for a Garden Support Worker! This is an exciting opportunity to join our garden team where full training will be given, with an opportunity to gain horticultural qualifications if desired. The role offers the opportunity to work in our extensive gardens growing produce the natural way. All this and the opportunity to work alongside adults with learning disabilities. Salary: 18,525 per annum Please visit our Current Vacancies Pages for more info.
Our resident Andrew & his support worker Destiny are doing a sponsored walk to support their favourite causes – Camphill MK and RSPCA! 💜 😁 If you can, please dig deep & thank you all in advance! 🙏 👍 Please click here to find out more!
We at Camphill Milton Keynes Communities are celebrating our 40th birthday this year!!One of our senior managers, Thomas, has been discussing the various founders of Camphill to help us understand the legacy of how our community came about. He discusses how it relates to our community today and why our practice has a more profound meaning. We know that Camphill is more than just a name and very different to most conventional social care providers! Here Thomas tells us about Karl Koenig. Karl Koenig was an Austrian Jew who studied medicine in Vienna in the 1920s and worked in an institute for adults with learning disabilities. König then worked as a paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom and had his own medical practice until he was forced to flee Austria in 1938 following Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Koenig came to Aberdeen and met with many of his former colleagues and friends who’d also fled Nazi-occupied countries during this time. They occupied an old estate called “Camphill” in Aberdeen, Scotland which became the first Camphill Community based on curative education. He was a great believer in the abilities and spiritual/holistic welfare of children with disabilities and the idea that they have a potential that can be unlocked and developed. This was pioneering when seclusion, isolation and chemical control were generally seen as the “correct” approach for people living with intellectually-limiting disabilities. Central to this was using the arts to develop potential- Camphill communities are always alive with art and craft activity, drama and have a very specific aesthetic and architectural style. Koenig was also religious and a great believer in the spiritual potential of those living with disabilities, inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s work before him. From the first community in Aberdeen, Camphills began to develop all across the World – at the time they were founded, built, maintained and run by co-workers who adopted Camphill as a way of life rather than a job. In retrospect, it was decades ahead of its time considering how to work alongside and with adults and children with learning disabilities instead of marginalising them. It’s only in the last 20-30 years that the rest of social care has “caught up” with ideas around inclusion, dignity and occupation that were being espoused decades earlier by these communities. However, many of the Camphill estates are quite remote. It would have been interesting to …
Our CEO describes himself as a chap ‘not known for his sentimentality’, although we don’t quite agree!