Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has congratulated the Camphill Blair Drummond charity for the dedication and work it has achieved for the past 79 years.
The charity, which was founded by a group of Austrian refugees in 1940, seeks to provide children, teenagers and adults with various learning disabilities to develop life and employability skills and a community in which they feel dignified and valued.
The residential home located next to Blair Drummond Safari Park is the home of 45 permanent residents, employees, volunteers and support staff however and is also attended by 50 additional day students.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I would like to congratulate all of those involved in the Camphill project for almost 80 years of dedicated work.
‘’I have experienced first-hand on many occasions that their work to provide homes, residential care and support to individuals with learning difficulties is absolutely invaluable and provides those they supports with lifelong employability and life skills.
‘’I have submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, which has already gathered support from MSP colleagues, congratulating all those involved– and I look forward to hearing about the benefit the charity will continue to bring to people across the Forth Valley and beyond into the future.’’
The text of the motion can be found below:
Motion Number: S5M-17541
Lodged By: Dean Lockhart
Date Lodged: 04/06/2019
Title: Camphill Blair Drummond Celebrates 79 Years of Charitable Work
Motion Text: That the Parliament congratulates Camphill Blair Drummond on its almost 80 years of charitable work, since the outbreak of the Second World War, providing homes, residential care and supportive communities for citizens with various learning disabilities; acknowledges the dedicated work of the staff who live with the 45 residents and provide valuable education and development of lifelong employment skills through the wide variety of workshops that are provided by the organisation; notes the achievements of the residents themselves who managed to raise over £13,600 in December 2018’s Annual Advent Sale with their arts, crafts and culinary abilities; recognises the success of the Capital Development Project in raising over £10,000,000, leading to the creation of four new residential homes, four new workshops and the refurbishing of two existing homes and the Agility Trail enjoyed by residents, day students, staff, volunteers and visitors, and wishes the charity all the best for the eighth annual sponsored safari cycle and the funding of the bakery and sports centre.