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End of July diary entry from Stourbridge community

At the end of July the swifts will be flying back to South Africa. I have noticed this summer that there have been various nests of swifts in the church just up the road from where I live, St John’s Church near the fire station, and at the Elton Centre. They use church buildings to […]

Paul’s feeling right at home

After helping at the Larchfield Community farm and garden for many years, Paul knew it was the place to be. So, when a flat in the community became available, he jumped at the chance! “I’ve always wanted to live at Larchfield, ever since I first started coming here,” says Paul. “I was offered the flat, […]

Girl Power in Hertfordshire!

Ladies who live at St Albans and Delrow communities are joining forces in a new women’s group. The two communities, which are only a few miles apart, are taking it in turn to host the women’s group which meets one evening per month. “We had about five or six ladies from each community at the […]

Claire is our new Co-op Community intern

Did you know that only 6% of people with a learning disability are in employment? Many of our community members tell us they’d love to have a job, but finding the right training and work experience can be a stumbling block.  That’s why we’re delighted to be working with the Co-op on their Community Interns […]

A man practising karate moves

New karate club at Botton Village

Community members at Botton Village are getting their first taste of martial arts. Support Worker Chris, who teaches karate in nearby Whitby, has helped people living in the village to set up their own karate club. The club meets at Joan of Arc Hall for two hours every Saturday morning. 14 community members have already […]

The role of a Support Worker with Camphill Village Trust

Meet Gail. Gail is a Support Worker at Botton Village. As part of a team, she supports eight people who live together in a shared home. Prior to working for the Trust, Gail was a Police Officer for over 20 years. We caught up with Gail to find out more about her and her role […]

A Royal recipe from Taurus Crafts

The Hospitality School at Taurus Crafts is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by preparing ‘Coronation Chicken’ for lunch as a healthy but tasty treat. The Coronation Chicken recipe was first created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in January 1953 by Rosemary Hume. The dish was originally named “Poulet Reine Elizabeth”. Equipment: Baking tray, […]

Shared Lives Carers from Camphill Village Trust celebrated at Royal Garden Party

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, Lin and Jim Corbett were recognised for their incredible work as Shared Lives Carers with Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives and attended the Queen’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace with UK membership charity Shared Lives Plus. Lin and Jim from Kingswinford, Dudley, were among six Shared Lives carers who […]

Finalists in the Learning Disability and Autism Awards

We’re proud to announce that we are finalists in the upcoming Learning Disability and Autism Awards. People across the Trust nominated their colleagues, teams, and the Trust in several categories. We’re pleased to announce that we have reached the finals in four categories. Colin Buck is a finalist for the Outstanding Contribution Award. Sarah Timbrell […]

A cracking good Easter at Ashfield Gardens

By Jenny Cadman, Social Farm and Garden Manager After several years of limited activities due to coronavirus, we thought this year, given the opportunity, we would host an enriched programme of events to commemorate and celebrate Easter at Ashfield Social Care Farm and Gardens in Stourbridge. Our events started on Palm Sunday on Sunday 10th […]

Steph’s journey to independence

By Dawn Whincup, Team Leader, Larchfield Community. What an amazing, magical, memorable journey we have been on!  Stephanie moved into Larchfield Community nine years ago and moved into Teyva House. Lets just say the transition was testing at times, but Steph quickly settled into life here and thrived. Over the years, she has made some […]

Groundsman Chris transforms Botton Village

Botton Village groundsman Chris has been hard at work over the winter months, landscaping and maintaining the gardens around the community. Chris has worked hard to tidy up land and gardens and has provided space and accessibility solutions for the people we support to actively get involved in helping to make sure our village is […]

Earth Day at Danby train station

Marking #EarthDay in style, with a positive contribution to our local area and environment! Botton Village community members, Stephen and Alan joined Trust colleagues Colin, Jemma and Dan and friends from Network Rail and Esk Valley Community Rail to give Danby train station some TLC. The team weeded, planted, swept and tidied, whilst other volunteers […]

Sam’s kindling is lighting a spark!

Taurus Crafts is home to many unique artisan craft workers, so it’s the perfect place for Sam to develop his woodworking ideas. His kindling kits, which use wood sourced from our local sites, were popular with shoppers over Christmas, and now he’s keen to develop his ideas into a small business. “I’ve been sawing tree […]

A diary with a difference

Mel has found a unique way of recording her day-to-day life. She’s been keeping a ‘visual diary’ for four years. It’s a bit like writing a regular journal – but with a creative twist. “If I go to the park on a Sunday, for instance, then on Monday I’ll do a picture of the swans and […]

Shared Lives: a reflection on 2021

Written by Colleen and Malcolm who support Shane and Aaron Two beaming faces and a ripple of laughter from two young men getting into our car following a night out with friends. A snapshot in time worth remembering. When Aaron came to us in 2021, we already had a family holiday planned and just three […]

Putting on a show at Croft Community

Over Christmas, Croft Community worked with local theatre company Next Door But One, to create their own production of The Snow Queen. Community members from each house joined the workshop in their bubbles and worked together to produce the scenes, acting, imagining and creating their own unique version of the traditional story. Richard and Virginia […]

What did you say?

Another exciting Co-production project is our new video about the power of language, created by community members for National Safeguarding Adults Week. The video highlights how complex language or jargon from professionals can alienate people with learning disabilities – or anyone who needs extra support. “I changed my mind and didn’t want to go out,” says Stephen […]

Let’s talk about Co-production

Co-production is at the heart of Camphill Village Trust – but what does the word actually mean? Phil Gibson, our national Co-Production Project Manager explains: “Co-production is about supporting our community members to make their own decisions about how they live and the services they want the Trust to provide,” continues Phil. “One great example […]

Welcoming new friends – and giant pumpkins – at Ashfield Gardens

Spring is a time to ring the changes at Ashfield Gardens. Our Stourbridge community garden is gearing up for the warmer weather with lots of exciting plans. The team have been digging over the earth to prepare for the new pumpkin and strawberry patches. “We’re making the pumpkin and strawberry patches twice as big this year […]

Healthy swaps when you shop at Botton Village

Community members at Botton Village have been learning how healthy choices can make a difference. Rachel and Verity, student dieticians from Teesside University, worked with community members for three months to raise awareness about healthy eating. Catherine was one of the people who attended Rachel and Verity’s group sessions. “It was difficult at first as […]

Fresh ideas for spring at Grange Village

The team at Grange Village are bursting with bright ideas to make the most of their outdoor space this year. Peter is planning a rainbow of flowers to bloom all year round. “We’ve planted sweet peas already,” says Peter. “Next it’s the marigolds and snapdragons.” The rainbow will be a mixture of annuals and perennials […]

Charlotte Salt

Charlotte Salt’s ceramics raise funds for the Trust

Charlotte is a Support Worker based at Croft Community in Malton, she also happens to be an extremely gifted ceramist. Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th March, Charlotte is taking part in The Great Charity Pot and Print Fair. It’s an online event that gathers together some of the best names in the world […]

Gallery: Coming together for Candlemas

Botton Village community members and colleagues yesterday celebrated Candlemas. It marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox. Everyone enjoyed warming mulled juice, lit earth candles, placed woven crosses, and sang Candlemas songs. The celebration ended with the planting of willow cuttings, which will form a new willow plantation.

The story of Fred Perry

Hi, my name is Fred Perry (like the tennis player) and I am 24 years of age. At the age of 18, I left foster care. My personal experience was good overall. I made great connections with people around me. It feels like a long time since I joined Camphill Village Trust; almost 6 years […]

Wassailing at Grange Village

Wassailing has been a tradition practised in Britain for centuries. It was also the perfect opportunity for community members and colleagues at Grange Village to get together on Friday. Wassailing has its roots in a pagan custom of visiting orchards to sing to the trees in the hope of ensuring a good harvest the following […]

Emily is a Life of Opportunity reviewer!

Last summer, we offered our community members across the Trust the chance to apply to become ‘Life of Opportunity’ reviewers. These are paid roles, working with our national coproduction team. Emily from St Albans Community has been appointed as one of our reviewers. She’s looking forward to meeting community members across the Trust to ensure everyone […]

Get into the festive spirit with the ‘Delrow Christmas Song’!

Step aside, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey, it’s our turn now. We are incredibly proud to share our very own ‘Delrow Christmas Song’! The song was written, produced and performed by our very talented community members and colleagues who attend the Delrow Community Music Day Opportunity. The song took just three weeks to come together, […]

‘I’m As Good As’ poem by Owen

From Croft Community in Malton, Owen is a highly talented writer and poet, and we’re always really proud to share his work with you. Owen’s latest poem is called ‘I’m As Good As’. It’s a strong message about equality and how those with learning and other disabilities are perceived. Click the link to watch Owen […]

Dignity of Risk

What if you never got to make a mistake? Or how about if your money was always kept in an envelope, where you couldn’t get to it? Larchfield Community members have come together to read the ‘Dignity of Risk’ poem, written by Sharon Jodock-King. The poem is about affording people with learning disabilities the ability […]

Luke volunteers at the Park Run in Middlesbrough

Luke is helping out – and feeling the benefits too

Park Run is a popular community running event in towns and cities around the UK. Many of us will have spotted volunteer marshals in their ‘high vis’ jackets in our local park on a Saturday morning. Luke is a regular volunteer at Middlesbrough’s two weekend Park Run events. For over three months he has been […]

Alex gets his L plates!

As an experienced cyclist, Alex is good at planning routes and understanding the rules of the road. And now he’s ready to move up a gear. Driving can be challenging for people with disabilities. So Alex and his support workers enlisted the help of the Driving Assessment Team at local charity Herts Ability. ‘I had […]

Zara’s on patrol

Zara has been helping to keep the roads safe for pedestrians and drivers around Delrow Community. During a recent visit from Hertfordshire Constabulary, Zara and some of her friends talked to officers about the dangers of speeding cars, and had the opportunity to record the speeds of passing motorists on the nearby lanes. ‘We checked […]

Game, set and match to Emily

Emily’s love of tennis has opened up new opportunities. She’s travelled from her home at Oaklands Park to tournaments in Nottingham and Sheffield. ‘There hasn’t been many matches this year, because of Covid,’ she explains. ‘But I hope there will be more next year. ’Emily’s love of tennis began when she was 18: ‘I used […]

Greener communities start in our own homes

When Katie, Mark and Michael started to think about helping the environment, they made an important discovery in their own kitchen. ‘We didn’t have any recycling bins indoors,’ explains Katie. ‘We’ve just got the big recycling bins outside.’ Without an indoor bin to remind people, recycling was being overlooked. So the trio have done something […]

Meet the makers – our talented Christmas card designers

Did you know that our charity Christmas cards are all designed by community members? Earlier this year, we held a competition across the Trust for people we support, colleagues and family members to help us design our charity Christmas cards. We were blown away by the response, with over 60 entries. Sadly, we couldn’t put […]

Time for reflection

The lockdowns and restrictions of the past two years have been difficult for many of us, preventing us from seeing loved ones and causing stress and anxiety. Looking after our own mental health and supporting one another has never been so important. And that’s exactly what people we support in Stourbridge have been doing. A […]

Claire’s creative corner

In the spotlight this time, we’re delighted to feature Claire. She has created some unique lino-print designs – some of which she’s been working on for months. ‘I did this drawing of my mum’s budgie before lockdown,’ says Claire. ‘Then I put it on the lino block during lockdown, and finished it when we came […]

What did you say?

I am a service user. You are a person. I can be non-compliant, whereas you can change your mind. Language is vital in creating a positive culture and our community members have come together to highlight why language matters. Unfortunately, examples like these in our film reinforce the ‘othering’ of people with learning disabilities. The knock-on […]

Mel's visual diaries throughout lockdown

Studio Shorts – Mel’s Visual Diaries

In the first of our new series of ‘Studio Shorts’, Mel who attends the Art Studio at St Albans Community shares her visual diaries. Each of her visual diaries takes over two hours to complete and she’s been creating one each day since the beginning of the first lockdown. They highlight and record the places […]

Michaelmas Apple pressing

Together again

Michaelmas celebrations and shared community meals are popular traditions in many of our communities. With lockdown restrictions easing, we’re enjoying the chance to get together again. Delicious homegrown food at Stourbridge Our first community meal in 14 months and our Michaelmas Festival celebrations both coincided with the harvest from Ashfield Gardens. Freshly picked salads, homemade […]

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