New developments at Botton Village

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New developments at Botton Village

Some of our readers may recall that in 2014 and 2015, we told you  about some developments at Camphill Village Trust.  Following advice from the Charity Commission and the Inland Revenue, the Trustees of Camphill Village Trust decided the time was right to make some changes to our communities.

This involved the status of our co-workers, moving from being self-employed to become CVT employees.

While some co-workers moved to employment others did not wish to and this led to a legal claim being made against CVT. In order to find a way forward, mediation was needed.

A mediated settlement was reached in 2015  and, after lots of work, sufficient progress has been made for the mediation to come to an end.

One of the results of the agreement is that CVT now rents some of our Botton Village homes to some former co-workers. This has enabled the former co-workers to become self-employed Shared Lives Carers, working for another social care provider. Some residents of Botton Village are now supported in this new Shared Lives model, whilst others are using the services which Camphill Village Trust has been providing since 2014 . Regardless of who provides the social care our festivals, cultural activities, workshops and social gatherings are still open to everyone.

The team at CVT has worked hard over the last few years, to ensure that Botton Village continues to meet the various needs of all of the people with learning disabilities who live there or visit on day placements – both now and in the future.

We believe this agreement is the right one for the community, and we are looking forward to working with our new partners and ensuring that everyone will continue to enjoy the very special place that is Botton.