Two Esk Valley Camphill Community members and Avalon Shared Lives Carers were finalists at this year’s National Disabilities and Autism awards ceremony at the ICC, Birmingham. They were nominated by Avalon in the category ‘Positive Behaviour Support’ in recognition of their support of a long term resident of Botton Village who has lived with them for 26 years. Christine and Jonathan Reid share their home and their lives with Christopher who has autism and requires one to one support, as well as two other adults with learning disabilities.
The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards “celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care.”
“Life-sharing with Chris in the context of a Camphill Community has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience for all of us. He has a secure home with people who have made a long-term commitment to him. He has seen our children grow up to become part of his small but faithful circle of friends. The steady rhythm of life in our community, the value it places on celebration of the festivals, meaningful work and social interaction all contribute to Chris’ feeling himself embedded in a life where he is recognised for who he is and where he has a contribution to make. We are deeply grateful to the Avalon Group who have recognized the value in what we do.”
The recently established Esk Valley Camphill Community was formed to preserve the unique model of social care pioneered in Botton Village where vocational co-workers share their lives with adults with learning disabilities.
After breaking away from the Camphill Village Trust due to irreconcilable differences in ethos, the fledging community formed a partnership with The Avalon Group whereby its members, including Jonathan, Christine and Christopher, could become Shared Lives carers and customers. Avalon CEO Larry was at the ceremony, and described why he nominated the Reids for the award:
“We have many outstanding carers at Avalon but we felt Jonathan and Christine’s approach, their genuine affection and their commitment to ensure the adults they support enjoyed the best possible quality of life really needed to be recognised. They are a shining example to other carers joining the scheme.”