December 20, 2023
Story three: Freya’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.
Camphill School Aberdeen delivers life-transforming opportunities for more than 100 day and residential children and young people with learning disabilities and complex additional support needs.
Freya has been a residential pupil at Camphill School Aberdeen for 10 years and has come on leaps and bounds during that time. Last year, alongside friends and family, Freya completed the Kiltwalk to raise vital funds for Camphill School Aberdeen. This was a particularly big achievement for Freya as she had recently underwent surgery which had left her wheelchair-bound. After a long rehabilitation and with the support of staff at Camphill School Aberdeen, Freya was able to complete the challenging 3-mile walk!
Freya has excelled in the skills development workshops (such as weaving, farming and woodwork) and has formed strong friendships with the staff who support her. The structure, one-to-one teaching, and the peacefulness at Camphill School Aberdeen have all helped Freya develop during her time here. Additionally, being part of the young adult programme gives Freya a sense of belonging.
Freya’s mum, Gillian, said: “Freya’s journey at Camphill was rocky at first as there was so much to unpack in regard to her relationship with schooling before Camphill. She wasn’t the easiest to handle, but the staff were so compassionate and put procedures and structure in place to ensure she was safe and empowered to thrive.”
Gillian added: “Camphill School Aberdeen has truly transformed Freya with their kind support and inclusion, I will be forever grateful to them and I am so incredibly proud of the young woman my daughter has become, despite her challenges in life, she has defied the odds.”
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.