Day opportunities

Here at the Croft we have four main workshops, as well as a good variety of community based activities. Workshops are split into 09:00>12:00 and 13:00>16:00 and a strong working ethos is active in the community with the majority of community members work a full working week.

The four main workshops are:

The Kingfisher Cafe

The Kingfisher café is located in Malton town centre. Malton has become known as ‘Yorkshires Food Capital’ and the Kingfisher is a unique offering in this thriving market town. Open to the public five days a week, the Croft community members are supported to run the café. They make delicious homemade goods daily. These include  bread, soup, quiches, scones, and cakes. We also offer the opportunity to take on other job roles associated with the running of a busy commercial café such as working front of house, using the till, stock ordering and rotation. The Kingfisher café has been awarded the trip advisor certificate of excellence and that is down to the hard work and dedication of community member’s and café team, making the café what it is today.

The Garden

In the garden at the Croft we work together to carry out all the work required to keep the garden tidy and to grow fruit and vegetables. We work with the seasons, starting in January, pruning apple trees and germinating seeds, working through spring cultivation, summer weeding and harvesting, autumn apple picking and leaf clearing and back to winter pruning. There is a job for everyone in the garden, so we are all responsible for the quality fruit and vegetables that we produce. The produce grown is enjoyed in houses across the community houses, the kingfisher café and sold to staff and members of the public. The gardens and orchard take a lot of work to maintain, but are appreciated by the people at the Croft and admired by visitors and are an important feature of the Croft communities environment. We also offer Day Placements in our Garden.

 

Textiles

Here in Textiles we have many different  creative projects.We base our projects and  designs  around seasons and community members goals that they wish to achieve. The  products we create  are all individual pieces and we have great pride in seeing our beautiful products sell in the Kingfisher Cafe and croft open day events.  During the year ,we attend  local fairs and craft events of which community members are also involved in.We also have a new exciting opportunity to begin supplying to a new business opening in York in September . 

The Workshops we will be offering to community members in September will consist of :

  • Mosaic work-this is a relatively new workshop but is very popular with amazing results,
  • Felting (picture making and 3-D items) a very versatile  and therapeutic  craft
  • Weaving ,knitting,stitching and vegetable / plant dyeing of fleeces- keeping the popular and traditional Camphill activities alive .We are donated so many lovely pieces of fabric by the wider community and these workshops make use of them to bring them new life.

Crafts Enterprise -

In September 2016 we are commencing  an exciting new venture for the Croft Community. setting up a new soaps and candles workshop. Producing small consumable items incorporating botanicals from the Croft gardens. The community members will be involved in the whole process of setting up an enterprise. Including researching, production to packaging and marketing.

 

As well as the above workshops we offer many wider community based activities. Our aim is to be an asset and resource to the wider/local community.

The Shopping scheme supports housebound people in the local community and Deansfield Court (extra care facility), we offer Knit and Natter and a Games afternoons at Deansfield Court. Some community members volunteer in local charity shops, some volunteer out at Scampston Hall Walled Garden. We also had people volunteer in our local libraries, including home delivery service and children`s story time.

Car maintenance on a Friday where community members are contributing to maintain the communities vehicles. Gaining skills on vehicle checks, service and MOT scheduling and keeping them clean inside and out.

Thursday afternoon see the Learning to Lead group busy working hard on many different projects, last year they put together a beautiful cookery book for the 60th Anniversary for CVT and are currently compiling a local services guide.

 

We also work closely with NYCC Adult Learning, members have completed accreted and vocational course. 

Goal setting has become an important part of peoples focus in workshops. with the workshop manager, community members set work based goals for themselves, building a portfolio of skills and certificates.