Our mission is to enable people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop their knowledge and skills and reach their full potential, while living and working in a community setting influenced by the Camphill movement.
We aim to continually improve our systems, processes, methods and infrastructure in ways that enable us to become a sector-leading organisation in all that we do and in all areas of our service delivery.
Inspired by the educational and social philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and Karl König, we have developed a learning experience that aims to meet the individual needs and abilities of all our students. Our curriculum offers a blend of practical skills-based learning, arts and crafts and independent living skills.
Each student is treated as an individual and with dignity. Our belief is that beneath the outer physical disability, emotional disturbance or lack of motivation lies each individual’s own spiritual uniqueness, regardless of disability, religious or racial background.
Our aim is to foster the development of the whole human being – body, soul and spirit – so that each individual will develop an established identity, a greater ability to communicate and the self confidence to cope with adult responsibility.
These are the values that underpin our vision and purpose. They provide the basis of our engagement with the world and guide our decision making:
- Wellbeing We will promote the physical and emotional health of our staff, learners and residents.
- Person-centred We will tailor and adapt our provision in response to the needs and aspirations of the individual, ensuring that each individual is at the core of plans for their development.
- Learning We will provide the opportunity for each individual to develop, acquire and apply new skills, knowledge and understanding.
- Respect We will value the diversity and uniqueness of each individual and treat one another with dignity.
- Independence We will promote each individual’s rights, responsibilities and choices and thus develop their capacity for independence.
- Environment We will endeavour to provide a place where head, heart and hand are equally nurtured.
- Potential We will support and inspire each member of our community to identify their aims and achieve them.
- Sustainability We are committed to using our resources to maintain and develop the charity over the long term, so that we can provide a service for learners and residents, both now and in the future
Coleg Elidyr is part of the international Camphill Movement, known throughout the world for its commitment to creating intentional communities where vulnerable people, many with learning difficulties can live, learn and work together in a healthy social environment based on mutual care and respect.
What makes Camphill communities different is the emphasis on mutual support. That’s because Camphill recognises that everyone has abilities and empowers and supports all individuals to use their particular abilities in their communities. Everyone contributes to community life and the well-being of fellow community members in his or her own way.
Being part of a Camphill community involves sharing life with others in the household, in learning areas, in work, and in social, cultural and spiritual activities. Being an integral part of a community brings confidence, self respect and the knowledge that each individual’s contribution, however small, is valued by others.
Each year, volunteers from all over the world join communities to share in the Camphill way of life, gain new skills and widen horizons. Many are young people taking a gap year; others with greater life experience are welcomed too, putting their skills to work for our communities.
Equality and inclusion is implicit in our approach to living and working.