Camphill provides Brexit input at Cross Party Group on VolunteeringType: News
Topic: Policy and legislation
Community: Loch Arthur Community
Published on: 16th November 2017
Neil Henery, Director of Camphill Scotland, and Dave Mitchell, Chair of the Association of Camphill Communities (AoCC), provided an input on the potential impact of Brexit upon Camphill in Scotland at the recent meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Volunteering.
The meeting was chaired by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, and was attended by Jeremy Balfour MSP, by Scottish Government officials and by individuals and organisations with an interest in volunteering.
Neil’s input focused on the key findings of the joint Camphill Scotland and AoCC Report of the key findings of the survey on the potential impact of BREXIT on Camphill in Scotland, while Dave’s input focused on the experience of co-workers at Loch Arthur. The findings of the joint report highlighted that Brexit could have a devastating impact upon the Camphill communities in Scotland and on the lives of people with learning disabilities and other support needs who live and work in them. Brexit could, for example, make it much more difficult for Camphill communities to recruit EU nationals as employees, and as volunteer co-workers. This could place in jeopardy the long-term sustainability of many of the Camphill communities, and of the education, care and support they currently provide for people with learning disabilities, and with other support needs. It also raises major questions about the impact of Brexit upon the health and social care sector as a whole.