We’re hiring enthusiastic individuals to help us with our workshops including: x2 for our Craft and Textile Workshopx1 for our Drama Workshopx1 for our Newsletter and IT Workshop If you have passion and experience in a range of handcraft, pottery, art and textile making activities; or teaching drama, IT and literacy skills and want to help adults with learning disabilities, get in touch! Full details can be found here!
As part of MK DAD – Milton Keynes Disability Awareness Day, we will celebrate on Friday 16th July! “MK DAD aims to highlight the enormous talents and strengths of people with disabilities and to empower them to play an integral part in the communities where they live. By celebrating as a society we raise awareness of the needs of everyone and by understanding these needs, we can become a truly inclusive community.” As a community and charity who are wholeheartedly involved in creativity, we are proud to be a part of the MK Mandalas: Kinetika Flags project by IF: Milton Keynes International Festival! Check out the outdoor exhibition at Campbell Park along with associated events at The Milton Keynes Rose & across Milton Keynes!
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! 🥰