The contemporary relevance of Camphill rests on three main pillars.
Firstly, we are about inclusion and participation. We create truly enabling communities where people with learning disability and other support needs can achieve their individual potential. This is just as relevant now as when Camphill began over seventy years ago. In those days, mainstream society sought the segregation and isolation of people with learning disabilities. Nowadays, things are very different but Camphill still provides a model of inclusion and participation for others to follow.
Secondly, we are about community and mutual support. We believe that each of us can only truly flourish if we feel part of a community. This is particularly relevant today when so many people feel lonely and isolated.
Finally, Camphill is about ecology and sustainability. Our communities respect and celebrate the natural world around them and take steps to minimise environmental impact through, for example, bio-dynamic agriculture, fair trade practices and energy saving activities.
Camphill is much more than just a care provider. It is a worldwide movement with a strong sense of purpose and identity. Our mission is even more relevant now as when we began in 1939. As one parent put it:
One reason why we chose the Camphill community we did was because we thought it had a sustainable future and a credible business model, which would provide a secure future for many decades for our son. This was against the backdrop of care homes and facilities going bankrupt and people being left in limbo.
Sue, parent, Camphill Blair Drummond