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Real stories from Camphill Village Trust community members, staff and friends.

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Supporting talent through Shared Lives scheme

Writing songs has been a passion of Matt’s for over twelve years, and through the support of Shared Lives scheme he has now released his first music video.

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Success is achieved through trust, teamwork and over time…

A heart-warming story to illustrate the dedication of Shared Lives Carers, and the opportunities and outcomes that can be achieved for the eople they support, with the right match and support in place…

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Focusing on mental health

Lee, who lives at Larchfield Community, was keen to learn more about looking after his mental and physical health. So when support worker Ruth spotted the four-week course on offer at their local branch of mental health charity Mind earlier this year, they decided to give it a try.

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An unexpected bonus at Ashfield Gardens

Some residents at Ashfield House, Stourbridge, had been reluctant to take part in the activities on offer at Ashfield Gardens, a short walk away on the same site, but during lockdown, they've had the garden to themselves.

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Be Cancer Aware

Botton Village and Larchfield Community have joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support. Together they're providing 'peer educator' training sessions so that people in our communities can learn about how cancer is diagnosed and treated.

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Keeping fit keeps boredom at bay

While our normal daily routines have been on hold, Tadgh and his housemates have been keeping busy at Michael House at Croft Community.  Fortunately, a run of good weather, Michael House’s large garden and a sports-loving support team have combined to give the housemates every opportunity to pass the time constructively.

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Opportunity TV

Opportunity TV is a series of fun and helpful videos and tutorials you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. We will be bringing you a variety of friendly films from cookery lessons, gardening tips and even mindfulness. Keep checking back regularly for some new films to enjoy.

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A strong bond: Meet Julie & Danielle

Think you know social care? Think again. Let us introduce you to Julie and Danielle. Julie has been a resident at Botton Village for over 40 years. Danielle has been a Support Worker for 4 years and has supported Julie for the past 3 years.

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Sharing some sunshine with the Daffodil Challenge

You may have spotted some videos online of the toilet roll challenge. Well, we're pretty sure you won't have seen the Daffodil Challenge.... until now that is!

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Staying well at home

During the coronavirus lockdown period, many of our community members have started to write their own blogs, keeping a note of their feelings, activities and sharing some great ideas to keep you busy!

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Blog: Occupational Therapy on the Social Farm

My name is Pauline and I am an MSc student Occupational Therapist. I'm spending some time on the Social Farm to promote the benefits of Occupational Therapy. From flipping pancakes to handling money, find out what we've been up to!

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Diggerland with Shane

If you work for any length of time with Shane, you’re going to end up at Diggerland, probably on multiple occasions within a short space of time. He loves it there and the reasons for this love would, at first glance seem obvious: diggers.

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For the love of knitting

We recently met with Beryl and Joyce to speak to them about a project they’ve been working on. The ladies met at a Knit and Natter Group where Joyce was volunteering and Beryl was a member of the group as a resident at Larchfield Community.

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Dementia support group gives John a boost

For Chris, the benefits are clear: ‘When John hears the cheery ‘good mornings’ from Michele and the team at Botton, his face lights up. He feels useful doing jobs around the farm. And he’s in beautiful surroundings, with cheerful, positive people, doing things that boost his self-esteem.

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A new home and a new hobby

‘I’d never done much weaving before I came here but I really enjoy it,’ says Victoria. Because she has a visual impairment, staff have gone the extra mile to support her new interest. ‘We experimented with different tabletop colours to provide better visual differentiation for the threads.'

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A poem with a powerful message

Growing up with Down’s Syndrome, Emily found it difficult to make friends. But she’s found her voice now. ‘I’m definitely not the girl I used to be,’ she says proudly. ‘I used to hide behind my mum. But now I want to be a public speaker and a poet.’

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RDA National Championship success for Ian

Botton-resident Ian had a successful weekend at the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) National Championships. Taking part in the Trefoil Guild Countryside Challenge, Ian placed fourth riding Jasper, a 15.2 Bay Gelding. A fantastic achievement competing against riders from across the country.

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Joanna is building skills in workshops

Joanna likes her shared house in St Albans. It’s an easy walk from home to both the Seeds of Nurture Allotment and the Café on the Corner, where she helps out regularly. Back home in the evening, cooking dinner for housemates is an opportunity to try new recipes with fresh vegetables and herbs from the allotment.

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Gloucestershire's new police cadets

Police cadets take on a responsible volunteer role in their local communities. ‘We’ve learned about what can happen if you leave your car unlocked, and we’ve given out special security pens to mark your postcode on your laptop and iPad,’ says Harriet. ‘I’m able to give people advice about how to keep themselves safe.’

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