Within every person, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, there is a precious, unique and timeless essence. This lies at the core of the Camphill ethos. Our celebration of Christian and other festivals and simple rituals at mealtimes serve to recognise our common connection to the wider cycles of nature and the universe. For us, a whole life includes recognition of the spiritual as well as the social, cultural, home and work life.
Within communities, we therefore attend to all aspects of a person’s wellbeing. Physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs are all given equal importance. In a busy world, we provide people with time and space to take a breath and find peace. We support people to use this time for reflection if they wish, through coming together at meal times and during our morning/weekly gatherings.
The atmosphere was very relaxed, friendly, and respectful.
Care Inspectorate, Tigh a’Chomainn 2017
There is always a peaceful, calm feeling when you visit the school which is wonderful.
quoted in Care Inspectorate report, Ochil Tower School 2018
We focus on what every individual has to offer to the community. We help people to feel confident enough to try new things, and find out what they enjoy and are good at. Everyone is involved in helping the community to run, in line with their talents and abilities.
There is a genuine belief in the worth and value of every individual, and every individual’s need for meaningful and worthwhile work and occupation. This service combines sensitivity to the needs of individuals and the fostering of a group and community and sense of belonging.
quoted in Care Inspectorate report, Tiphereth 2017
We observed great conversations between residents and staff where the uniqueness of each person was acknowledged. There was excellent evidence of people being encouraged and enabled to make informed choices.
Care Inspectorate, Simeon 2017