Campaigning for people with learning disabilities to live as they choose

I want a life
not a service

Citizenship is achieved 

when human beings live and work together 

with justice and mutual respect 

Dr Simon Duffy

We need to talk about social justice

Stories and issues that matter

Camphill: an idea ahead of its time

A revolution in care

Camphill is the story of an idea, unheard of in 1939: people of mixed abilities living and working together, belonging and contributing as equals. From a small beginning in Scotland 75 years ago there are now over 100 communities in 20 countries. Read more 

How Annie found inclusion in a Camphill community

Since moving to Heartbeet Camphill Annie has reclaimed her happiness and confidence. She walks — or snowshoes — miles each day. She now weighs 120 pounds. She works part-time at a local artisanal cheesemaker, and takes personal pride whenever they win a gold medal.

New community, fresh hope

The Esk Valley Camphill Community in the North Yorkshire Moors is a new venture which aims to give people with learning disabilities a full life with friendship and meaningful work by sharing their lives. Ten large and five small houses spread across three villages. Support their work 

Video diaries

Our stories define us. We have put together a collection of interesting, funny, moving and sometimes provocative videos about learning disability. Here Chris Packham talks about autism. See the full range on our VIDEO PAGE

These will be added to from time to time. We welcome suggestions at info@allianceforamphill.

The arts and disability

Sanctuary: A funny, subversive move about love and disability (Video)

Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. ... ‘Sanctuary is laugh out loud funny, heart warming and heart breaking' Galway Advertiser “ There’s a wonderful warmth and directness to this movie, adapted by Galway dramatist Christian O’Reilly from his original stage play, and directed by feature first-timer Len Collin.” The Guardian 

the camphill spirit

You will find a range of videos about Camphill communities, about intellectual disability community and autism and about social justice on our website. Subjects range from the Arts through to powerful commentaries on important issues. Camphill Hermanus, South Africa 

I couldn’t talk. music taught me how

Meet Jack!

It took him a long time to learn to talk. 

He has ADHD, dyspraxia, and autism... and he plays the piano and dances! 

His breakthough was music - he learnt to speak by singing along to songs. With thanks to NewsRound CBBC children's programme 

About Us

Our Twitter hashtag #JustAsIAm means seeing the whole person 

- Sharing life as equals

- Disability does not define us

- Care is not a commodity 

Our Facebook page is updated regularly with news, comment, videos and stories 

Contact Us

Alliance for Camphill

Unit 13923, PO BOX 7169, Poole, BH15 9EL UK