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.
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 …
Check out the latest creations from the talented bunch in our Art & Craft Workshop. The team have been creating unique, one-off textile pieces. Using different techniques, from felting to weaving, embroidery and needle-work to patchwork. The Art & Craft Workshop aims to reduce stress and encourage relaxation of body and mind through art and craft as well as exercising the fine motor skills involved in art and craft activity. Find out more out the workshop here!
On Tuesday 14th July it was MK Disability Awareness Day and we put together this little video to say HELLO! 👋 💜 😀
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