Family support in challenging timesType: News
Topic: Camphill | Coronavirus | Disability rights | Intentional communities
Community: Camphill School Aberdeen
Published on: 22nd January 2021
We have written previously about the devastating impact of Covid19, hearing first hand accounts from our members – the 11 Camphill communities in Scotland – as well as from relatives and carers through our Family Network.
Following our first Family Network gathering one parent, whose son resides at Camphill School Aberdeen, told us:
Covid has presented its own unique challenges to [Camphill]. We campaigned fervently last year to get home visits reinstated. We had dialogue with our MSP, Care Inspectorate, Public Health Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group and the autism charities and felt badly let down by them all.
It really was a human rights issue from the start. The denial of family contact really took its toll on, most importantly our son, but the whole family unit. But the support of staff and co-workers meant we got through it, and in many ways are more resilient for it.
We cannot thank them enough, many are a long way from home and their own families, working in very challenging circumstances but we have always felt they put their residents first, truly understanding the confusion and strain placed on them, and for that we are truly grateful.
Jocelyn Peace (parent), January 2021
Our friendly and informal Family Network is open to all relatives and carers with a loved one who receives services from a Camphill community in Scotland. We were delighted to welcome 27 relatives to our first meeting which was held earlier this month.
The sessions are led by Camphill Scotland’s Director, Emma Walker and a Camphill parent, Kate Monahan.
The group meets informally online to talk about issues affecting Camphill and to provide mutual support to relatives. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday 13th February for 10.30.