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Charity (no. SC043417)

Newton Dee Camphill Community

"A community to live, work and make friends"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Newton Dee is a charity based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Coworkers (live in volunteers) and Villagers (adults with special needs) live together here. We don't just provide houses, but build homes together, in a mutually supportive environment. But life isn't just about a home, its also about meaningful work. We offer a home, meaningful work and opportunities for personal development to adults with learning disabilities and other special needs. In all some 200 people live and work within the Newton Dee community. Around half have special needs. The others are mainly co-workers and their families.

We provide training and supportive work environments where people can do more than just be entertained. We believe that work is an essential part of anyone's life. So whether it be a Baker, a Farmer, a Woodworker or something else - Newton Dee Camphill Community will help to support all of our community members to reach their fullest potential. This is all rounded out by a robust social, cultural and spiritual life. 

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We don't just provide houses, but build homes together, in a mutually supportive environment. But life isn't just about a home, its also about meaningful work. We offer a home, meaningful work and opportunities for personal development to adults with learning disabilities and other special needs.

The ethos of Newton Dee is that everyone brings different abilities, which we use for the benefit of the people around us. Newton Dee's home life is based around large and small households ranging from four to 16 people. In addition we have some shared houses, apartments and bed-sitters. There are 36 houses in Newton Dee's wooded grounds, which extend to a total of 180 acres, of which 120 acres is dedicated to our biodynamic farm. 

Home Life

We share our lives in households of various sizes. The long-term co-workers with responsibility for each household – usually a couple and their children – are assisted by one or two short-term co-workers. They share their home life with those with special needs. So there are no on and off duty times, and the character of each household varies from one to another.

Work Life

Meaningful work producing quality goods and services of value to others is an important part of life. Everyone – with the exception of those who are unable to participate due to age or health – has work in our various enterprises. Working isn't just about doing something, but about becoming something. We offer opportunities in joinery, metal work, farming, gardening, textiles, baking, cooking, homemaking, landscaping or opportunities in our store and cafe.

Cultural Life

A broad outlook on life is encouraged at Newton Dee. We encourage residents and co-workers to develop their skills and talents through training and education. We also have an active social, cultural and spiritual life. Everyone at Newton Dee can be involved in music, drama, arts and crafts. There are regular sporting and recreational activities as well as plays and concerts. At the centre of our cultural and spiritual lives is our celebration of the Christian festivals.

Residential & Day Placements

Looking for Meaningful Work or a place to make a home? Then please get in contact with our Welfare Group. We can send lots more information, and answer any questions you might have. Just email or phone to find out more. We offer both Housing Support and Day Activities Email: welfare@newtondee.org.uk or Phone: 01224 868 701


Additional Information

Blog & Blether

For those that don't know, The Blether is our own internal publication. With articles written by coworkers and villagers covering everything from holidays, to events in Newton Dee, to what our old short term coworkers have been getting up to, and sometimes just a general interest piece. It's a pretty varied gem of a magazine - so check back here once in a while, or watch our facebook page for new information and articles.

The Elderflower Project

The Elderflower Projectis a venture into establishing specialised nursing and elder care for people with learning disabilities as part of Newton Dee’s life sharing community model. 

Newton Dee Camphill Community have been working over the years to address the need to provide care for elderly with additional support needs within the existing community structure. As there is an ageing population within the community, there have been an increasing amount of people with additional support needs having to move to care/nursing homes out-with Newton Dee, which can impact greatly on well-being, quality of life and social interaction. With this in mind, the Elderflower Project group formed with the task of creating suitable elder care for people with additional support needs within the grounds of Newton Dee.

Please note that this project is still in it’s infancy, and offers no service yet – we are still exploring practicalities and trying to build feasibility studies and business plans. We recognise there is a need, but we need to get it right.


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