GRANGE VILLAGE, just outside Newnham-on-Severn on the edge of the Forest of Dean, offers opportunities for a rich and varied life for adults with learning disabilities and other support needs. There is a broad age range, from young adults to those who are now retired.
Our strong emphasis on person-centred planning brings out the best in people, widening horizons and creating a forward thinking, confident, out-going community. With backing and support for the achievement of individual goals, community members are taking greater responsibility for the direction of their lives with positive benefits for the individual and the community.
Grange is home for around 80 people, half of whom have learning disabilities. Households vary in size from 5 to 14 people in accommodation ranging from The Grange itself, a Victorian country house now divided into two, to modern purpose-built houses. Included among the latter are Wayside, an adventurously-designed building incorporating circular and spiral themes, and the boldly-modern Orchard House. Both feature living green roofs and Orchard House has flexible accommodation that can be used according to the changing needs of those who live there.
Grange is a working community, with our daily work bringing dignity and purpose to our lives. Many community members are also involved in further education, gaining new skills and confidence.
Our farm and gardens provide outdoor work, caring for livestock and tending the crops needed to support them, looking after fences and keeping the fields in good order. In our gardens we grow fruit and vegetables organically which we use in our households as the basis of a healthy and wholesome diet.
Our bakery team enjoys making fine bread, pizza and other produce for our households and to supply our neighbours at Oaklands Park community.
Our pottery, basket workshop and wood workshop produce high quality items which are sold in our own small shop, through shops at other Camphill centres and internationally through Camphill Products.
Our hall is a focus for many of our social activities and celebrations of the Christian festivals. Visiting musicians, choirs and theatre companies provide wonderful performances. We have a particularly strong drama group which ambitiously prepares performances that include well know favourites as well as challenging themes, and has even toured nationally.
Many activities are therapeutic as well as enjoyable, including our hand bell group, choir, eurythmy group, and history study group. Swimming in the local pool is enjoyed and there's a weekly social gathering in our hall, allowing everyone to mix and socialise, making new friendships and cementing existing ones.
Newnham is just a short walk, with its parish church, medical practice and local shops, and there are regular buses to the busy town of Chepstow and the city of Gloucester.
And being a rural community, we have the beautiful countryside of the Forest of Dean all around us, for brisk walks or quiet contemplation, as the mood takes us.