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Contact: Ioannis Cholevas (residential) or John Redwood (day services)
Address: Tiphereth Camphill Edinburgh
55 Torphin Road
Tiphereth Camphill in Edinburgh
LIVING TOGETHER - WORKING TOGETHER - GROWING TOGETHER
Tiphereth is a Camphill community based on the edge of Edinburgh city, in Scotland. In living, working and growing together we offer a wide variety of services for adults with learning disabilities where the qualities of openness, respect, trust and care are nurtured. In over 20 years of working with people, we have developed residential services, day services and social enterprises offering adults with learning disabilities opportunities for life sharing and meaningful work to realise their potential.
Our three beautiful residential houses provide a family-style home for life, where the uniqueness of each individual is protected and nurtured. Living together with families and students, those with special needs feel a sense of belonging. They experience the benefits and value in contributing to the lives of others around them and our ethos of respect and inclusivity.
We offer a variety of both indoor and outdoor Day Services within our workshops at Tiphereth and the wider community. Our Day Services support adults with special needs to engage in meaningful work and to achieve new practical and social skills. Through artistic and weaving projects, kitchen activities, gardening, composting and conservation work for our neighbourhood we work together to nurture and inspire creative potential.
We currently run three social enterprise projects employing people with special needs through the production of environmentally and economically sustainable artisan products. Experiencing real work opportunities our employees receive a living wage. Colinton Community Compost collects green waste and produces a compost soil improver. Colinton Community Firewood sells seasoned logs and kindling. In a Jar, our organic jams pickles and marmalades are sold through delicatessens and local farmers markets.
Lothian MSP Gordon Lindhurst visited Tiphereth community in September and praised the charity for the work it does on behalf of people with learning disabilities and other support needs. Speaking after the visit on Friday, Gordon said:
"It has been a real pleasure to pay a visit to the community and see some of the really good work that is going on here. Tiphereth serves the people it cares for by offering an emotionally safe environment for vulnerable people in which to live, learn and work."
MSP Lindhurst has since gone on to lodge a parlimentary motion proposing "that the Parliament pays tribute to the charity...; recognises the valuable work that is done there to support people with a learning disability or other support needs through residential and day services...; notes the emotional value that living, learning and working in such a community has for people with a learning disability or other support needs, and wishes the staff and volunteers all the very best in the coming years in continuing to support some of the most vulnerable people in society". The motion quickly received cross party support.