Minister for Mental Health visits CorbenicType: News
Topic: Brexit | Camphill | Ecology and sustainability | Learning disability
Published on: 7th June 2019
Corbenic Camphill was delighted to welcome Ms Clare Haughey MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Mental Health, to the Corbenic Camphill community on Wednesday 5 June 2019.
During her visit the Minister planted a tree on Corbenic’s Poetry Path, and met staff, volunteers and other members of the community who were able to update the Minister about the development of the Poetry Path and its exhibits, and about its contribution to cultural life in Scotland.
Jon Plunkett, Care and Support Manager, said:
The Corbenic Camphill Community deeply appreciates the time that the Minister has given to come and learn about our model of care provision, with the value it places on creativity and culture and the contribution it makes to the care sector in Scotland.
The Minister was introduced to both the residential side of our community, a place that 39 adults with learning disabilities know as home, and also to our therapeutic workshops where they join with other day participants in a wide range of creative and meaningful work opportunities.
We were delighted that the Minister was able to mark her visit by planting a tree on The Corbenic Poetry Path, in-doing-so joining a long list of residents, day participants, poets, sculptors and volunteers from all over the world who have contributed to the path.
The Minister also had an opportunity to find out more about Corbenic Camphill’s approaches to care and support for people with learning disabilities and other support needs. During her visit the Minister spoke to some of the nationals from other EU countries, and from non-EU countries, who work and live at Corbenic. She heard first-hand about their significant contribution to Corbenic Camphill, and to the work of the other Camphill communities in Scotland and about the potential impact of Brexit upon these communities.
Colum Pooler, General Manager at Camphill Corbenic said:
Corbenic offers up to 30 international volunteers the opportunity to live, work, celebrate and grow alongside the residents who call our community their home. The impact of Brexit on the community will be substantial, and we continue to work with Camphill Scotland and the Camphill Communities in Scotland to ensure that any new immigration system enables Corbenic to continue to benefit from the wonderful contribution of volunteers from Europe and beyond.
In addition to the International Volunteer Programme, many of our employed staff are from European countries; attracted by the diverse constellation of the organisation and the significant benefit of our rich mix of different cultural and international backgrounds.
Camphill was founded in 1939 by Austrian refugees, and remains a profoundly European and international movement. We are delighted to showcase our organisation to the Minister for Mental Health, and to demonstrate the important contribution our approach is in the current social care landscape.
Work of Corbenic and Volunteers Valuable, states MSP
Clare Haughey MSP, the Minister for Mental Health said:
It was interesting to learn more about the unique model of care and support in place for people with learning disabilities and other support needs at Corbenic Camphill. It was clear to see that creativity is highly valued at the centre and creates a welcoming and stimulating environment for all.
Corbenic Camphill is a great example of a charity doing valuable work that could be significantly harmed by Brexit. I heard first-hand about the important contribution EU nationals make to all the Camphill communities across Scotland and the devastating effect Brexit will have on their services. I would like to reassure EU nationals that their contribution to Scotland is valued and we want them to stay.
Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP, the Minister for Mental Health, and Stephen Morrow from the Corbenic Camphill community, planting a Dawyck Beech tree during the Minister’s visit.