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Mental Health Awareness Week, 2024, being in nature

Embracing Movement for Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 As we mark nearly 70 years of supporting adults with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health challenges, Camphill Village Trust would like to help spread awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Movement: moving for our mental health,” resonates deeply with our mission to enhance the wellbeing of […]

Shared Lives Carers, West Midlands, Camphill Village Trust

What Makes a Good Shared Lives Carer?

Let’s hear from the experts And who better to answer this question than the experts themselves? Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme spent a day with a group of willing volunteers and here is what they said… Thursday 2nd May 2024 marked a day of local elections across the country. An opportunity for local residents […]

World Autism Acceptance Week, Camphill Village Trust

Understanding Autism

Embracing Diversity and Thriving Together  This April we shared with the world Autism Acceptance Week, a time to promote awareness, acceptance, and understanding of autism spectrum disorders. At Camphill Village Trust, we believe in celebrating the uniqueness of each individual and nurturing an environment of inclusivity and support. Let’s discuss what autism is, how it […]

Severnside Skills graduation at Taurus Crafts, Camphill Village Trust

Severnside Skills Graduation: Class of 2023

Congratulations Class of 2023! On behalf of Camphill Village Trust, we are delighted to announce the graduation of the first cohort of Severnside Skills trainees on Wednesday 3rd April 2024. Joined by friends, family, Trust staff and other partner organisations, the ten graduates chose to mark the occasion with an afternoon tea accompanied by a […]

Challenging Stereotypes

A life of opportunity At Camphill Village Trust, we believe in empowering individuals to live a life of opportunity, grow, develop, and gain confidence in their lives, and this is our message for the month. This message resonates following the recent Neurodiversity Week and World Down Syndrome Day, which focused on challenging stereotypes and ending […]

A Shared Lives Friendship; Shane and Aaron

Shared Lives Colleen and her husband Malcom have worked as foster carers, and Shared Lives Carers for many years, and in 2020, Shane moved in full-time with Colleen and her husband Malcom, following twenty-five years of respite with the family. Later in 2021, Aaron joined Shane for a short-term respite stay, and decided he liked […]

Shared Lives scheme in West Midlands, Camphill Village Trust

Family Life – our Shared Lives story

Shared Lives With almost 40 years under their belt as Shared Lives Carers, Lynne and Ian neatly sum up the ethos of the model with family at its heart! The couple have supported three gentlemen, whilst bringing up their own children – all whom have never known anything different than to share their home with others. An […]

Special event honouring adult social care workers at No 10

Social Care Workers Event In a show of appreciation, the Minister of State for Social Care, Helen Whately, hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street on August 17, 2023. This event was all about recognizing and praising adult social care workers from all over the country for their amazing contributions. People from different areas of […]

New trustees

New Trustees join Camphill Village Trust

Board of Trustees Our Board of Trustees act in the Charity’s best interests, set the Camphill Village Trust Strategy, make important decisions and oversee the running of our Charity. Rita Asamoah brings an impressive wealth of experience with over two decades of senior management expertise in the Health and Social Care sector. Her skills in […]

Community comes together through Botton Village Karate Club

Botton Village Karate Club Update Due to the new grading system introduced in January, the Botton Village Karate Club has continued to bolster its ranks and grow its members through its revised Kyu system introduced by Sensei Chris and Sensei Ian. Following traditional training methods, the club is proud to take on students of variant […]

Getting busy and making a difference in our local communities

Local Communities Knowing that lockdown had been particularly hard for older people, Olivia and her fellow Kindness Crew members at our St Albans and Delrow Communities were keen to reach out. For the last two years the Kindness Crew have been serving refreshments and running quizzes and craft activities at their local branch of Age […]

Communities working together to develop their green initiatives

Dragons’ Dell Community members have been coming up with ways to help the environment and pitching their green ideas to the Dragons’ Dell.  The Co-production team have been working across all our communities since last autumn to come up with ways to make our communities greener. The best ideas from each community were then pitched […]

Co-production: Being confident, comfortable, and brave enough to tell your story

Co-production week From 3 to 10 July we celebrate Co-production Week. We asked Phil Gibson, our Co-production Lead, to tell us more about co-production. I am often intrigued by the question ‘How are you today’? Sometimes, I ask it as an easy conversation starter, expecting the response to be an affirmation that we are all […]

From sowing seeds at Ashfield Gardens to Gardeners World!

Ashfield Gardens, Stourbridge Earlier in the year at a local Growing up Green event I met a lady called Rachel Wells that runs a local horticultural company with her business partner Helen Kelly called Hortulani. Rachel and I got chatting and Rachel told me that they were going to be having an exhibition stand at […]

Empowering Lives and Embracing Opportunities

A Social Care Student’s Perspective on Camphill Village Stourbridge Community As a social care student at Camphill Village Stourbridge Community, Sheila has been inspired to pursue a career in social work by the opportunity to work with diverse individuals, finding solutions to their challenges, and safeguarding vulnerable populations from harm. Camphill Village Stourbridge Community, with […]

A Passion for Social Work and Making a Difference 

An Interview with Zara In a recent interview with Zara, a dedicated social care student, her passion for social work and commitment to making a difference in people’s lives shone through. Zara’s journey into social work was inspired by her innate desire to give back to the community and support those in need. Her work […]

A Royal visit to remember!

A Royal surprise It was a privilege to be one of six charitable organisations invited to meet the King during his surprise visit to Malton on Wednesday April 5. Camphill Village Trust CEO, Sara Thakkar, was joined by Carolyn and Virginia, two people who live at Croft community in the heart of Malton. Carolyn’s father, […]

Local MP attends Easter lunch at Ashfield Farm & Gardens

Easter Sunday with Local MP Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb attended a Community Lunch with Camphill Village Trust on Easter Sunday. The event was held at Ashfield Farm & Gardens on Sugar Loaf Lane, where Suzanne met Manager, Jenny Cadman, and Keith Williamson, who looks after the animals. Around 30 people from the Camphill Village Trust […]

“Whoever is matched to Claire and Wez is very lucky indeed”

Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives continues to grow across the region, following a successful approval of the first family recruited by the scheme in the City of Wolverhampton! “Whoever is matched to Claire and Wez is very lucky indeed!” These were the words of Davinder Tiwana, Camphill Village Trust’s Shared Lives Independent Panel Chair following […]

Ram and Ross reflect on their Shared Lives journey

A Shared Lives story Ram and wife Nina became Shared Lives carers a year and a half ago, and since joining have supported two people.  Six months ago, they began supporting Ross who was paired with the couple by the Shared Lives service.   Ross said ‘Ram and Nina help me with day-to-day tasks like cooking, […]

A trip to Wales for Stephen and Debbie

A Welsh adventure In search of adventure, Steven and Debbie from Larchfield Community decided to head to mountainous landscapes of Snowdonia for a holiday. Accompanied by carer Deborah, the pair stopped off in Chester for a few hours on the way south. They enjoyed a walk, taking in a visit to Grosvenor Park’s wicker sculpture […]

A snowy day of festivities for Shared Lives

Shared Lives and Stourbridge On Sunday, Stourbridge Community and Shared Lives came together for their annual Christmas event. Taking place at Ashfield Gardens, the gardens welcomed the Shared Lives Team, Shared Lives Carers and families, along with the people supported right across the community. The setting made for a perfect Christmas social event, with a […]

Thank you Stowe Family Law!

Stowe Family Law All of us at Camphill Village Trust would like to extend our grateful thanks to Stowe Family Law, for their generous support. The Malton branch of the specialist family law firm have kindly donated £250 to their nearest Camphill Village Trust community, the Croft Community which is also based in the North […]

A lady wearing an apron is smiling as she stirs the dish she is cooking

An update from Severnside Skills

Severnside Skills, Taurus Crafts Severnside Skills is our new training centre for adults with learning disabilities and autism at Taurus Crafts in Gloucestershire. We’ll be offering recognised training, through the AQA Unit Award Scheme, which people can work through at their own pace, to gain accredited qualifications in retail and catering skills. Learners will be […]

Shiver me timbers! It’s talk like a pirate day!

Talk like a Pirate day! Pirates aren’t just found in the Caribbean it seems. The landlubbers of Botton Village and Larchfield Community have recently been flying the Jolly Roger in honour of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Community members of Botton Village met in the Joan of Arc Hall and took part in fun […]

Life of Opportunity Reviewers on the road

Life of Opportunity Reviewers take a fresh approach

Life of opportunity reviews 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 getting suitable work experience can be a stumbling block. So we’re delighted that nine people who live […]

Daniel, Susanne and Carole standing together smiling

Steps to independence with Shared Lives

Congratulations, Daniel! Daniel got the keys to his very own flat in our supported living accommodation this summer – thanks to the support of our Shared Lives Scheme! Daniel first came to live with Shared Lives carer Carole when he left foster care aged 16. Over the next three and a half years, he was […]

Karate Masters!

A new grade in martial arts! We recently shared an exciting update from Botton Village, where martial arts have been introduced to its residents, and now they have achieved a new grade in martial arts. As a result of their hard work, they have achieved their orange belt. Since then they have honed their skills, […]

Celebrating Success at Ashfield Gardens with the European Social Fund

Ashfield Gardens’ Courses Congratulations Zoe, on successfully completing your AQA in Animal Care and Horticulture and becoming a member of the Garden Team at Ashfield Gardens.   The course Zoe attended, was secured earlier this year by Stourbridge Community in partnership with the Worcester Council’s European Social Fund and was a 6-week course in Animal […]

Getting fit and having fun at Stourbridge

Fitness Fun Fitness and weight loss were the goals when Sophie joined our Stourbridge badminton club but she’s finding other benefits too.  ‘We started the badminton club in February, and we play once a week on Wednesdays,’ explains Sophie. ‘My goal was to help with my diabetes and lose some weight.’   I’m getting better the […]

Wishing Fran all the best in her retirement

Thank you, Fran Fran started at Camphill Village Trust in February 1986 and has been ‘building connections’ ever since.    Starting out as part of a Community Programme aiming to get people back into the workplace, Fran travelled twenty miles in transport provided by Botton Village.   In the beginning Fran started as an Admin Assistant […]

Botton Village creates new herb garden

Herb Garden Since May, the Inner Garden Team at Botton Village has been hard at work, creating a new herb patch within the gardens. The herbs were carefully selected by the people we support in the team, for use in Botton Village Cafe recipes, focusing on the ‘taste of Italy’, and for use in herbal […]

Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Today, the communities of Camphill Village Trust come together in sorrow at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The sense of loss rippled through the Commonwealth, our country, our neighbourhoods and families. The Queen’s lifetime of dedication and service has been an example to us all. Some of us will recall the words […]

Giving a voice to the people we support

Meet Alfie who lives within Botton Village Alfie joined the community four years ago and currently lives at Sycamore House. In the film below, co-produced by the Tea and Tech Team at Botton Village we introduce Alfie, and explore who he is, and what leading a life of opportunity means to him. The film includes clips from […]

An accidental discovery leads to a loyal and lasting friendship

Phillip and Mo discover Botton Village Phillip and his wife Mo had never heard of Camphill Village Trust or our beautiful community, Botton Village, nestled in the North York Moors. That was until a local walking group made his holiday ‘to do’ list. ‘I discovered Botton Village on a walk. I was out with a […]

Delrow Festover is better than ever

Delrow Festover In July, members of our Delrow and St Albans Communities came together for our third annual music festival. Kat, Day Opportunities Manager, says: ‘We had the fabulous sounds of the Delrow Choir and band, Ollie from St Albans Community, and many local bands too.’ Regular newsletter readers will remember that the first Festover […]

Catherine is our Christmas card star!

Christmas Card Arts and Crafts Designing, printing and preparing our charity Christmas cards gets underway at Botton Village in the height of summer. Catherine is involved in every step of the process. ‘We do the Christmas cards in Suzi’s art class,’ says Catherine. ‘I did a card with baubles and greenery and candles and bells.’ […]

Jubilee celebrations at the Trust

Jubilee Celebrations Across all our communities, the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was a chance both to show our respect and appreciation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her 70 years of dedicated service, and to come together as a community. Fancy dress featured strongly in the celebrations in Grange Village, Gloucestershire – […]

Botton Village people power!

Botton Village to the rescue When Cleveland Rotary Club needed a helping hand recently, they knew just who to call! The Rotarians pass on unwanted furniture from local schools to under-resourced schools in the Gambia. Moving hundreds of tables and chairs out of storage and into a lorry on a hot summer’s day meant extra […]

Thank you EDF!

EDF at Grange Village A big shout out to the team of 10 volunteers from EDF Energy in Barnwood, Gloucester who recently joined in to lend a hand at Grange Village. The group got involved in a wide range of tasks across the estate, and helped to build two raised beds from reclaimed timber boards […]

Andrew and Karen’s long engagement has a happy ending!

Congratulations Andrew and Karen The course of true love never runs smoothly, and Andrew and Karen from our Stourbridge community have certainly seen a few bumps along the road, thanks to the pandemic! The couple met in 2016, and started dating after they had their first dance at Andrew’s 40th birthday party that same year. […]

Caledonian Coach trip to Blackpool and Chester Zoo

Coach Trip On July 30th-31st, Alex from Larchfield Community went on a coach trip to Blackpool and Chester Zoo. Alex loves animals and the seaside, so this trip was her ideal holiday. Alex and her support worker Deborah set off from Middlesbrough bus station on Saturday morning and arrived in Blackpool early afternoon. Alex said […]

End of July diary entry from Stourbridge community

Diary Entry 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 […]

Paul’s feeling right at home

Paul’s new 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 […]

Girl Power in Hertfordshire!

Women’s Group in St Albans 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 […]

Claire is our new Co-op Community intern

Intern Scheme 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 […]

A man practising karate moves

New karate club at Botton Village

Botton Village Karate 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 […]

Gail, a support worker, with people we support at Botton Village

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

Shared Lives Carers 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 […]

Finalists in the Learning Disability and Autism Awards

We are finalists! 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 […]

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