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Health Minsiter visits Camphill Community Glencraig

Friday, 25 January 2008

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey today visited Northern Ireland’s only registered independent boarding school for children and young people with learning disabilities.

Camphill Community Glencraig provides a unique setting in which co-workers live and work with individuals who have a special need or learning disability in a household, providing support to both children and adults in an extended family setting.

Commenting after a tour of the community the Minister said “I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the residents with learning disabilities at Glencraig and have witnessed at first hand, the provisions made for their specific individual needs.

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the staff for their professionalism and dedication in ensuring that the needs of all residents are catered for.

“Their individual approach to care promotes a culture of respect by protecting the dignity of the vulnerable children and adults who live in the communities.”

Gaile Morton speaking on behalf of Camphill Communities in Northern Ireland said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Minister has taken the time out of his busy schedule to visit us here at Glencraig today. Each of the communities promotes the best practice of high quality care and support for our residents with learning disabilities and we are so pleased that the Minister has been able to witness just a little bit of the provision being made by the Camphill Communities for these individuals in Northern Ireland.

“I think it is important to draw attention to the wonderful work that takes place within Camphill which enables people with special needs to live a fulfilled and dignified life.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. Camphill Community Glencraig is a Community of about 200 people which combines houses, a school and workshops with a farm at its heart. It is a unique educational facility which provides a full range of services for young people with special needs.
  2. A therapeutic approach to the development of the child and to the continuing care of the adult with special needs is an important aspect of the community. Specific therapies, as well as regular medical supervision, take place. Art therapy, baths and massage, horse-riding, curative eurhythmy, speech, music and play-therapy help both child and adult to master individual difficulties.
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