Do you know an adult with developmental disabilities who has the health, strength, and ability to be a part of an active community where work, social, and cultural events go hand-in-hand?
Camphill Village Svetlana may be the right place for that individual. We encourage lives of responsibility and independence among people who desire to contribute to a healthy, vibrant community through their work and enthusiasm.
How does someone become a resident of Svetlana village?
Before the admission process begins, we welcome visitors and encourage potential applicants and their families to visit the village and get to know us – please phone for an appointment first, so that we can be sure we have time to meet you and show around.
In the interview, we ask questions about the applicant's life and background, and try to assess whether the applicant will benefit from a trial visit, and whether we have the capacity to receive him or her in one of our houses. The interview involves the applicant's family, his or her parents, guardians, and/or social workers, and one or two Svetlana co-workers.
After the interview, the applicant may be invited for a trial visit. Usually, the applicant spends the first few days in the village with his or her parent or close relative, and then remains for a further four weeks. If our community is a good fit for the applicant, he or she will be invited to join us. Sometimes, the trial period will be extended for up to six months, until it becomes clear whether the village is the right place for the applicant.
Throughout the entire admission process, we look for basic compatibility. We try to see what the strengths and needs of the individual are, and assess what our needs and capacities are to meet those needs. We look at what the individual may bring to the community in terms of sociability and other qualities, as well as what he or she can offer and contribute to the Village's work life. We assess the individual's care and emotional support needs, as well.
Svetlana Village is funded entirely by donations, and by the efforts of those who live here and produce food etc. We ask for donations from friends and families of residents, to enable the village to cover its running costs.