Esk Valley Camphill Community
We Live Together
A community of 19 households in Danby dale
We share our homes and our lives. The elderly person, the busy working adult and the small child each has their own place within the community, and we are all enriched by our daily interactions.
There are typically around six to ten people living in each household. The household is comprised of two to three people who have a learning disability, one or two Co-workers (with their family or children) and a Volunteer Carer.
The majority of Co-workers in the community are registered Shared Lives carers, responsible for providing support services commissioned by the local authority. Volunteer Carers typically spend six months to a year in the community. Everyone is a part of and makes a contribution to the running of the house community and to making it a happy home, and a therapeutic and healing space.
We Work Together
A health shop and a bio-dynamic garden
Everyone in the community has a contribution to make. The work is meaningful and necessary for sustaining the community. This means we each rely on one another, no matter what our ‘ability’.
Some of our work is centred around the households themselves and what it takes to run them, such as cooking healthy meals, cleaning and creating a beautiful home. We also own and run a local Health Food Shop in Danby, with several community members helping both in the shop and with shop-related projects.
We have a small craft group working with fabrics of all kinds. This is a busy make and mend workshop, producing functional and decorative items as well as providing much-needed repairs.
There’s also a lino-cut workshop where our members can create original designs for greetings cards.
We have a community garden in Danby, as well as individual home gardens in Botton, where we grow some of the food that feeds the community. The Steiner school, The Moorland Waldorf Initiative is attended by both children in the community and from the surrounding areas, and some of our community members are teachers in the school.
Many of our members are able to find work with our neighbours, the Camphill Village Trust, who own and run Botton Village under a Supported Living regulatory framework. They offer opportunities in various craft workshops as well as on their farms and gardens.
We Grow Together
Fostering personal and community development
We encourage each other to grow and develop personally, and that helps the community grow, too. We try to create opportunities for learning and recreation within the community – drama, eurythmy, art, singing – and also foster cultural links with the locality. It is especially important to us to celebrate the festivals of the Christian calendar. We take time and care to prepare these events, including all community members in the planning, and try to bring all our joy and enthusiasm to them.
We hope to expand and diversify our work activities and increase our productivity by acquiring land and developing new workshops. We also aim to explore and foster cultural links in the locality and hope at some point in the future to acquire a suitable property in which to establish a community hub and local resource centre.