Care experts head to Discovering Camphill conference

Leading experts in the field of care for individuals with special needs will be heading to Aberdeen on Tuesday (May 17) for a one-day national conference at Camphill School Aberdeen.

Around 100 medical professionals, educationalists, academics from seven UK universities, officials from nine UK local authorities, representatives from special needs charities and politicians are due to attend the Discovering Camphill conference.

Camphill School Aberdeen

The speakers at the conference, which runs from 10.15 am to 4pm in Camphill Hall on the Murtle Campus of Camphill School Aberdeen, are:

  • Thom Garfat, senior lecturer at the School of Child and Youth Care at Riverson University in Toronto
    • Mark Smith, lecturer in social work at the University of Edinburgh
    • Professor Pete Stollery, Head of the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen
    • Kate Skinner who will talk about her “voyage of discovery” from parent to taking the chair of Camphill Scotland in 2006.


Each speaker will take a critical look at the work of Camphill, which was founded in Aberdeen 70 years ago, and examine if its strategy is relevant and effective today. For the afternoon session delegates will break into various workshops and discussion groups.



The Discovering Camphill conference, in Camphill Hall on the Murtle Campus of Camphill School Aberdeen, coincides with the publication of a book with the same name.

Edited by local education consultant Robin Jackson, the Discovering Camphill book brings together contributions from scholars and experts in various disciplines to examine the way Camphill works with children, young people and adults who have special needs.

Since Camphill House in the Milltimber area of Aberdeen opened in 1940, the Camphill Movement has grown internationally to 100 centres in 23 countries. In the Aberdeen area more than 700 people live and work in Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire communities. The seven Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire charities provide opportunities for children, young adults, adults and the elderly.
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