Shared community life
Newton Dee Camphill Community Ltd. provides a combined care at home and housing support service for a maximum of 93 adults with learning difficulties. People live in the properties in a part urban, part rural setting in Aberdeenshire.
The central principle in the service is a 'shared community life’ where people live and work together. It aims to build a social therapeutic community, where everyone is encouraged and enabled to be involved in community life. They have a bakery, toyshop, joinery, dairy farm and garden, as well as a store and café (that members of the public from the wider community use daily).
Jake Vollrath, house coordinator, explained: "It's a place where everybody is supported to reach their full potential. The co-workers live with the villagers/residents – and this enables us to create very strong bonds, not just in a professional way, but in a personal way too. This is an important part of what we do because there is a sense of trust, as well as caring; a sense of purpose, and a sense of belonging."
Villager Emma said: "Friendships and family are two very important aspects of Newton Dee. I have my own family and my Newton Dee family. You need friends and family around you."
At the time of filming, Inspector Linda Murray suggested: "Newton Dee Camphill Community has lots of different ways to make sure they offer the best quality of care and support. People are able to have their say about how to improve life at Newton Dee. People are very happy with their lives and the high quality of care and support.”
Villager Charlie said: "The best thing about being here is that I have all the friends I could have. And they like me as well."
We publish regular inspection reports for all care services - and grades can go up and down depending on what we see. The effective practice we see here should always be read in conjunction with the latest inspection report.
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