December 15, 2023
Story six: Bekki’s story
To mark the seven young people who will be able to join Camphill School Aberdeen when our new residential home opens in December 2024, we’re sharing seven inspiring stories from the young people who are currently part of our vibrant community.
The belief that all young people deserve, and can have access to, meaningful experiences which help them to reach their fullest potential is at the heart of everything we do at Camphill School Aberdeen.
One way we do this is through our workshops. These are developed by our workshop leaders who individually tailor programmes based on our young people’s interests and abilities.
One of our young people who thrives in a workshop environment is ‘Learning for Life’ Day Services and residential pupil, Bekki. She particularly enjoys working in our walled gardens where we grow a range of seasonal, organic fresh fruit and vegetables. These are distributed around the estate from our organic shop and refillery FRUVER. In our land-based workshops, young people learn how to grow vegetables and fruit and help to sow, plant, maintain and develop all aspects of land cultivation.
The public will soon be able to purchase the fresh produce we grow on our estate when Murtle Market opens next year. Murtle Market, our sustainable social enterprise, is our first public-facing venture and is also under construction as part of phase one of our capital appeal. Like our new residential home, Murtle Market is due to open in 2024. When it opens, Murtle Market will create meaningful work experience and skills development opportunities for an additional 40 young people aged 16 – 25 years.
At our STARS (Social, Taking part, Attaining, Responsibility, Self-directing) Awards in November, Bekki received recognition for all her achievements throughout the year, including for her work at FRUVER. These awards offer an alternative opportunity to recognise and celebrate young people who are not always able to access mainstream awards and qualifications. As part of a future phase of our capital appeal, we will be creating an internal wider achievement awards centre where our STARS awards will be celebrated.
Although construction has begun on our residential home and phase one of our capital appeal, we still have more money to raise to reach our phase one target. Find out how you can support us here.