Corbenic in landscape

1 Sept 2017



Go to the VACANCIES section on the HOMEPAGE to find out how to apply


Volunteer at Corbenic!

What's it like?

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?


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


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.



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


A Full Time Assistant Residential Team Leader

The successful candidate will have

  • Experience and qualifications in social care and therapeutic work with adults with learning disabilites
  • An interest in Anthroposophy and Social Pedagogy
  • A commitment to working in a way that promotes and reflects the ethos and values of the community

The person should be flexible, a good communicator and have a willingness to work as part of a team. This person should also be willing to work under their own initiative, taking ownership and responsibility for their role. Weekend working will also be involved. 

Closing Date for Applications: 12th January 2018

For more information and application form, please contact: Catherine Hood (Ext 106) or Fiona McLean (Ext 101). Tel 01350 723206 

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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 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 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.


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.


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.

Telephone  01350 723 206

Community Development Manager

Betty Stolk              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.             EXT 104

General Manager

Colum Pooler         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           EXT 103

Team Leader, Houses

Fiona McLean         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            EXT 101

Team Leader, Social Entrerprise

Jon Plunkett            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.               EXT 102

Finance Administrator

Deanna Handford   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        EXT 107

HR & Training

Catherine Hood      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      EXT 106

Befriending Coordinator & Admin Support

Jane Brooks            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  EXT 105

Management Support & Admin

Joanne Shaw          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         EXT 100

Postal Address

Corbenic Camphill Community, Trochry, Dunkeld PH8 0DY, Perthshire, Scotland.

Dunkeld Shop

19 Bridge Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AH   01350 727330  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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