Mourne Grange is a Camphill Community for adults with learning disabilities. We work and live together alongside adults with special needs to offer them a holistic life experience.
Mourne Grange is a Camphill Community for adults with learning disabilities. We work and live together alongside adults with special needs to offer them a holistic life experience. Established in 1971 as an intentional community, Mourne Grange now supports 50 adults with learning disabilities in a range of accommodations spread throughout a 100-acre site. We have our own biodynamic farm and gardens, with cattle, sheep, and hens. The daytime activities on site include working with the farm, garden, bakery, food processing, weavery, laundry, and wood workshop. In addition to this, we have horse riding, art therapy, Eurythmy, lyre orchestra and a range of other musical opportunities. The local further education college also visits the community to deliver learning opportunities.
We seek Volunteers with energy and enthusiasm who are willing to become part of and contribute to our community. Previous social care experience would be welcomed, but we also provide all the training required as well as ongoing support for volunteers.
A key duty is living in one of the houses with residents (never more than six in any house) and with house coordinators plus sometimes another short term co-worker. Volunteers contribute to the life of the house and support the residents as required, which may involve some supervision with areas of personal care and daily living, but we do not have anyone with high care needs or behavioral issues. During the day, there will be the opportunity to work in the workshops, which can involve a combination of different workshops in the morning and afternoon—we try to match options to people’s interests. Other key responsibilities include participating in the cultural life of the community, such as festivals and parties, and supporting residents to engage with the wider local community on outings and trips.
Please read the statement about volunteering overseas in the FAQ section