Mr John Swinney, SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for North Tayside and Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, was the present to open the new craft shop at Corbenic Camphill Community.
Commenting on the shop Mr Swinney said,
“It is quite clear that the craft shop is vitally important to the community here at Corbenic. The work carried out in the shop is not only therapeutic, but also provides the residents with opportunities to develop both their motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. I am aware of the great work carried out by the community and I believe that the complex provides great support to those who need both physically and emotionally.”
Corbenic Camphill Community is part of the International Camphill Movement for social renewal through community living.
The community is based on the principle of living and working together with those who have special needs. I (Karen 3rdi MD) help out at the craft workshop every Thursday morning and it is a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
All the items created in the craft workshop are sold at regular events and fairs at Corbenic and the funds go towards the running of the community. Activities include weaving, felting, papiér mâché, mosaic, silk painting and willow work, the community also create backdrops for plays and decorations for festivals. Residents and co-workers have the opportunity to explore different materials and learn specific craft techniques and skills. This can be not only therapeutic, but also a positive and motivating experience. Through craft activity, fine and gross motor skills may be enhanced and hand to eye co-ordination strengthened.
If you would like to know more about Corbenic Camphill Community please visit their website.
There are 61 Camphill Communities in the UK and Ireland. To find out more please visit their website.