Can you help us open our doors to more children and young people?
More children and young people than ever before are in need of our sector-leading support.
We have seen a major increase in demand for our services from some of the most vulnerable children and young people with learning disabilities and complex additional support needs - many who are struggling to thrive in mainstream education and with other care options.
In our unique surroundings the children and young people at Camphill School Aberdeen are empowered to grow in confidence, independence, and reach their fullest potential – often achieving outcomes their families never thought possible.
"Keir has thrived and loves his life at Camphill. We would never have been able to replicate this anywhere else." Keir's Dad.
But, unless we increase our capacity, we can't provide the young people who need us most with the support they deserve.
Over the next 10 years we need to increase our residential capacity, expand access to our workshops and therapies and build new modern facilities.
Raising £10 million in 10 years
To achieve our 10-year vision we must raise £10 million over the next decade. That will allow us to:
- Increase our capacity by 60%
- Build three new residential homes
- Expand our land and craft workshops
- Create an internal certified awards centre
- Develop a sustainable social enterprise
Our Capital Appeal Building Futures, Transforming Lives, Together will safeguard the future of Camphill School Aberdeen for many generations to come.
Building Futures, Transforming Lives – Together
Phase one is already underway
Making Camphill School Aberdeen Home
The first step of of our appeal is to raise £3 million to build an 11-bedroom residential house. This will allow us to open our doors to seven new residents and four members of staff or gap year volunteers. Our young people worked with award winning Collective Architecture to design a home that is environmentally sustainable and fully accessible.
We have secured 50% of the funds to make phase 1 a reality.
So far we've raised £1,750,000.
- Focused on shared day-to-day living which is key to our successful model
- Homely and modern accommodation
- Separate independent living wing - flexible accommodation for highly complex young people who can't fully participate in home life or as a training flat for independent living
- Developing skills for the adulthood
- Sustainable - designed to Passiv Haus standards; utilising recycled building materials
An Enterprising Future
The first phase also includes a £500,000 project to launch a sustainable social enterprise. It's central focus is to develop life skills and provide work experience for the transition to adulthood.
The plans will extend the bike repair workshop, organic farm shop, and refillery store to the wider community. As well as promoting our 80-year history whilst show casing the traditional arts and crafts made in the workshops.
The social enterprise will not only help our young people to continue to grow in confidence and meaningfully contribute to the community but will also ensure we remain committed to our core sustainable values while further expanding our links with the wider community.
Can you help transform lives?
To find out how you can support our appeal please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download our brochure here.
Ways to support
Make a Donation
Every donation, no matter how big or small, supports local children and young people with additional support needs to reach their fullest potential. Please consider making a donation by completing the fully secured form on the right of this page.
If you would like to donate to our campaign, donations can be made here.
Take Part in a Sponsored Challenge
There are so many events you could take part in and raise sponsorship through your friends, family, colleagues and company (match giving). You can join an organised event such as a running, cycling or walking event; join an overseas challenge (e.g. trekking the Great Wall of China or climbing Kilmanjaro), or organise your own sponsored challenge. This could be anything from running a mile a day for a month to a 24 hour silence (this is especially challenging for chatty people!).
If you would like to get involved and fundraise for us, click here:
Volunteer your Time
You can volunteer either as an individual or with your colleagues on a corporate team-building day. Whether you would like to help on a regular basis or just have a few hours on a one-off occasion, it all makes a difference. Please visit the Local Volunteering and Corporate Volunteering pages to find out more.
Organise a Fundraising Event
You can be as creative as you like! It could be a coffee morning, a dinner, a quiz night, car washing, gin tasting, fashion show, ceilidh - the list goes on…. Something that's fun, brings people together and raises funds will make it an event to remember!
Donations in Lieu
This could be for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and funerals.
Leave a Gift in your Will
Leaving a gift in your will, large or small, is a wonderful way to support a cause you care about and make a lasting difference. We appreciate this is a very personal decision and your loved ones come first. If you are considering leaving us a gift in your will, thank you very much. You're more than welcome to get in touch and we would be delighted to support you at whatever stage you are at. By leaving a gift, you will help us to buy new equipment and upgrade buildings to provide skill development opportunities for children and young people to reach their fullest potential.