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The beginning 

Camphill was founded in Scotland in the 1940s by Karl König, and Austrian paediatrician fleeing Nazi oppression who was inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. One of Camphill's most important achievements is the creation of communities based on genuine partnerships in life and work, with people of all abilities.    


This life-sharing is a fundamentally different approach from simply meeting people's care and support needs.  Communities run on this principle can eliminate the very experience of disability, nurturing a deep sense of belonging, purpose and fulfilment through genuine contribution.   

Making change 

The Alliance is passionately committed to ensuring that legislators, regulators, commissioners and the public at large recognize and support such communities as a viable and beneficial life-choice for people with learning disabilities and autism.  Social justice 

The Alliance also champions the rights and interests of all people with learning and other disabilities and cooperates with other groups having similar aims. We work to raise public awareness that learning-disabled people are still being treated unfairly. Sometimes people need others to advocate on their behalf. But we also want to grant them a louder voice and help them reach a wider audience.  

If you are interested in our work or would like to join us please get in touch either by filling in the firm on the right or emailing or membership secretary. 

Julian Haxby

Chair Alliance for Camphill

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Join the Alliance for Camphill and help us campaign for people with learning disabilities. We ask members to make a small voluntary annual donation. Alternatively you may wish to make a one-off donation to help with our campaigns. Click on one of the links below. You can pay by debit or credit card or by PayPal. You may also send us a cheque made to Alliance for Camphill Unit 13923, PO BOX 7169, Poole, BH15 9EL UK Members of the Alliance give their time free. This includes running our website and social media pages. However we welcome subscriptions or donations which allow us to campaign more widely. Occasionally we will run special fundraisers for specific projects. Our accounts are audited annually and will be published on our website.

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