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Volunteer at Corbenic!

What's it like?

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Many of our co-workers commit themselves to spending a year with us at Corbenic.

In deciding whether to become a voluntary co-worker at Corbenic you should bear in mind that you will share your life with the residents. This sometimes involves long hours spent with the residents at work or leisure. You must also be prepared to accept responsibility and sometimes meet frustrations. However, with an open and willing attitude you will find Corbenic and its people both satisfying and rewarding.

You will also have the opportunity of meeting like-minded young people from Europe and beyond and have a brilliant time too. A real life-enhancing, life-changing experience...

We have so many different nationalities at Corbenic – a veritable mini United Nations indeed!

The induction training course which meets once a week also covers the development of practical skills in working with people with learning disabilities and includes personal care mentioned above, cultural aspects of Camphill life and the basic concepts of anthroposophy.

Where will I live?

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Living Conditions

Unlike many other Camphill communities in the United Kingdom our house-parents do not live in the Community, but there will always be one or two house-parents available at any time within the Community. As a voluntary co-worker, you would be provided with full board and lodging, although you may be required to share a room with another co-worker, and basic pocket money per month. You would have one day off per week and one long weekend every three weeks, provided there are enough co-workers to cover, and there are no special events that weekend.

After completing three months service and provided you are 21 years of age and hold a driving licence which permits you to drive in the United Kingdom you would have the use of the co-worker car. To qualify for driving the car you would have to pass a test after receiving tuition.

How can I help?

The Work of Our Volunteer Co-workers at Corbenic Community

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All our residents have learning disabilities; some are quite independent, while others do need constant care and supervision. There are people at Corbenic who require help with personal care (bathing, dressing, eating etc.) and co-workers joining us should be willing to be involved with such care.

If you come to Corbenic, you will quickly realise how different residents are from each other, because we actively promote their individuality. An implication of this is that we have to realise and respond to residents according to their individual personalities and needs.

What's life like at Corbenic?

As in all Camphill communities the cultural life is strong and it is often centred around the Christian Festivals, which are celebrated throughout the year. Many of our cultural activities involve preparation for them with drama, singing and music. There are regular trips to concerts, theatre and the cinema, and occasionally visiting artists, musicians and actors.

During your stay with us, free medical treatment will be provided through the local surgery, as part of the National Health Service. It should be noted that the habitual use of drugs or alcohol is not compatible with life in a Camphill Community. Outside the clearly designated smoking areas, smoking within the confines of the buildings, including bedrooms and workshops is strictly prohibited.

You are asked to bring sufficient clothes for winter and summer use and for working out of doors (waterproof clothing is essential) as well as clothing suitable for evening and weekend activities (skirts, dresses, jackets etc.) If you play a musical instrument, it would be appreciated if you bring it with you.

How will I get there?

Travel Arrangements

If you arrive in the United Kingdom via London there is one direct train each day from Kings Cross Station to Perth or Dunkeld. There are also long distance motor coach services between Victoria Coach Station and Perth or Dunkeld. If you arrive via Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen there are direct train services to Perth or Dunkeld. There are also motor coach services between these cities and Perth. We expect people joining us for less than one year to be responsible for their travel expenses to and from the Community. Those people joining us for one year or more, should purchase an open-ended return ticket, and, on leaving Corbenic, will have the return portion of the fare reimbursed, upon production of the ticket, to a maximum of £230 within Europe and £500 outside Europe.

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How do I apply?

You will need to fill in an application form first. When you send it back, please remember to include:

  • passport sized photograph
  • current police check

 

Relief Care Staff

We have positions available for relief staff on an 'as and when needed' basis.

These posts mean working with people with special needs. We are looking for caring, competent and enthusiastic people.

Please email Betty for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Senior Support Worker

Corbenic Camphill Community is situated in Strathbraan in Perthshire, Scotland, four miles from the town of Dunkeld. The Community was established in June 1978, and is set in 100 acres of land.

At present, the community is comprised of 120 people which includes 40 adults with learning difficulties, volunteers and employees. Within the Community there are seven households, each household is home to approximately six adults with learning difficulties, two house co-ordinators and five co-workers. We have a variety of Therapeutic Workshops such as bakery, craft, pottery, woodwork, biodynamic gardening, candlemaking, estate work and a farm.

 

We have 1 vacancy for;

Senior Support Worker (Full-Time) 40hrs

We are looking for someone to provide high quality care for one of our households as a Senior Support Worker, the working hours would include shift work and weekends.

Duties

  • To develop and sustain a warm and trusting relationship with the residents
  • To promote self-esteem, happiness and emotional health of the residents
  • To encourage and support the residents in expressing their needs, views and concerns. To enable the residents to make choices and decisions to enable them to participate as fully as possible in planning and decision making
  • To provide verbal and written reports to colleagues
  • To carry out any administration or recording of duties
  • To attend and contribute to reviews and attend any necessary meetings
  • To comply with policies and procedures

Qualifications

  • Experience of care or support is a minimum requirement
  • Care qualifications at SVQ Level 2, SVQ Level 3 or equivalent or alternatively being committed to training for this qualification

Annual Salary

  • £19,285 per annum

Closing date for Applications 12th October 2018

For further details and application forms please email Emma Close at
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www.corbeniccamphill.co.uk

 

                                                                       

How can befrienders help?

A befriender can provide company on social outings. They are sometimes the only person in the life of an individual who is not paid to be there and so plays an invaluable role in relieving social isolation. Befrienders aim to relieve loneliness, increase confidence and self-esteem and build a trusting friendship.

Who can become a befriender?

Befrienders are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who can give a couple of hours of their time on a regular basis. No previous experience or qualifications are required. However, as volunteers will be befriending vulnerable adults, all volunteers will be required to undergo a police check, although a conviction will not necessarily preclude a person from becoming a befriender. We are interested in hearing from potential volunteers who:

  • have a genuine interest in people
  • display common sense
  • can communicate well, are open minded, reliable and accepting of others
  • can be a good listener
  • show sensitivity
  • have a sense of humour
  • can devote time on a regular basis
  • can develop friendships with a view to sharing interests and hobbies

What can we offer you?

  • an initial induction training course and on going training
  • regular contact and support
  • out of pocket expenses
  • fun!
  • the opportunity to be involved in an active community 

What some residents would like to do with befrienders

  • 'I like badminton, music, cinema and would like someone to go walking with, for coffee outings or to help me write letters.'
  • 'I would like to meet someone outside our community for social events and chats.'
  • 'I like movies, going out for meals, birds of prey, animals and concerts.'
  • 'I like football, golf driving range, swimming, shopping and lunch out. I like to get phone calls even if I can't go out.'

Friends of workshops

We are also looking for volunteers who could be a friend to a workshop – someone who could support the individual on a one-to-one basis with their activity in the workshop.

So how can I find out more?

If you think you would like to find out more about befriending then give Jane Brooks a call on 01350 723206 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Current Affairs

It takes place every Tuesday evening and is an opportunity for people to discuss interestings articles they have seen recently in the news papers. This allows the residents to be aware of events that are taking place in the world. It is usually followed by a story telling. 

Dancing

Dancing is done in the hall with a local befriender on alternate Thursdays. This is normally a mixture of different dancing styles and everyone has the opportunity to request different songs. It's a great way to practice for the different festivals and disco parties that we have during the year.

Singing

Singing is an activity which alternates with dancing on Thursdays. During these sessions residents can have fun learning new songs. When a festival is coming they also have the chance to practice what is going to played.

Sports

During the summer, a group of co-workers plan sessions with different games that mix fun and movement. This is a good way to keep everyone active.

Swimming

Every Friday morning a minibus leaves Corbenic to go to Aberfeldy swimming pool. The Swimming group has grown considerably over the last few years, and is now split into two groups. This means that the residents go swimming every other week, which greatly improves mobility and flexibility.

09 February 2016

Pancake Race

Shrove Tuesday kicked off with the annual pancake race. The weather was fairly mild and everyone had great fun racing with pancakes against each other. The celebrations finished in the evening with the Carnival Disco. The theme this year was James Bond and everyone made a great effort to dress as the man himself or as various characters from the films. The Craft workshop did a fantastic job of decorating the hall and the atmosphere felt like you had stepped onto the set of Casino Royale.

Corbenic Camphill Community
Trochry, Dunkeld, PH8 0DY                                         01350 723206

 

Betty Stolk

Community Development Manager                      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Colum Pooler

General Manager                                                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deanna Handford

Finance Administrator                                          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emma Close

Administrator                                                        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fiona McLean

Team Leader - Houses                                         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jane Brooks

Volunteer & Befriending Co-ordinator                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joanne Shaw

Day Service Co-ordinator                                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jon Plunkett

Team Leader -Workshops & Day Service             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Micki Tanner

Office Administrator                                              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thomas Heilbronner                                                  

Bakery                                                                   01350 723300

Dunkeld Shop

19 Bridge Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AH                     01350 727330  

 

Donations

If you would like to make a donation click here or by cheque made payable to Corbenic Camphill Community.

 

Registered in Scotland - Charity Number 15477

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