The Croft community, based in the market town of Malton, North Yorkshire, supports adults with learning disabilities in their home life, work, training and social and cultural activities, assisting their integration into town life.
As a mutually supportive community, our community members help each other in their daily lives, with those who are more able helping others by going shopping with them, assisting them in getting around the town, or accompanying them on longer journeys on days out or to and from holiday destinations.
For the 70 people of The Croft, half of whom have learning disabilities home life revolves around our six community houses in different areas of Malton, Norton and Old Malton. All have been refurbished or built to high standards and provide a comfortable and secure home environment.
They each have a different character ranging from a large Grade II listed Georgian townhouse to small modern cottage for those who are more independent with support co-workers living next door.
Everyone takes an active part in day-to-day home life, working together to get household chores done, and eating, socialising and relaxing together.
Work is central to adult life, and we have a varied programme to match differing needs and abilities, including training in our own work places or at local colleges. Where appropriate, community members are involved in outside employment or work experience.
Our Kingfisher Café, Gift and Bookshop provides work opportunities in all aspects of running a busy, modern, town-centre enterprise widely used by local people and visitors.
The Croft gardens include a large market garden growing fruit, vegetables and flowers.
We have craft workshops creating decorative items which are sold from our own shop and in other Camphill shops.
There's also work in our different offices and domestic work and meal preparation in our houses.
In addition to the social, cultural and spiritual activities of The Croft community, which include music, plays, celebration of the Christian festivals, dancing, and informal get-togethers, everyone is encouraged to take part in the social life of the town and the local area. Some pursue their interests with groups in the town, such as the ramblers and the operatic society. The shops, cafés and pubs of Malton are visited, and many like to take the bus or train to York, the seaside or elsewhere for days out.