Each day begins with a quiet, contemplative circle and a short bible reading. The three daily meals are jointly prepared and consumed within a social atmosphere. Clearing tables and washing-up are also tasks in which everyone participates, regardless of position. The main meal is at lunchtime and is followed by a rest-period of one hour where people are free to pursue their own interests. Mornings and afternoons are spent in workshops as described elsewhere in this handbook.
During leisure time, residents enjoy social activities such as badminton, aerobics, current affairs, gospel studies, discos, watching films, swimming and library trips. Artists and musicians visit Corbenic on a regular basis. Monday evenings are set aside for individual house meetings, where residents and co-workers have an equal opportunity to air their views about life in the house and agree future arrangements, be they domestic matters, planning menus or organising activities and outings. Once a month the entire community attends the “Corbenic Meeting” where issues relating to the community as a whole are discussed at length.
Weekends are occupied with leisure and recreational activities. Long walks, shopping trips, and outings are the pattern for Saturdays, along with light household tasks. Saturday evenings are devoted to Bible Supper when all members of the community gather together in their respective houses for a spiritual review of the week. This weekly assembly strengthens the group feeling of the community and develops a sense of concord and affiliation among individuals.
Sunday mornings begin with a visit to the Cathedral in Dunkeld, the Catholic Church or any other religious denomination to which residents and day service users may be attached. Such trips alternate with Celebrations or Services at Corbenic itself and take the form of religious devotion based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.
The remainder of the day consists of Sunday lunch, reading the newspapers, visiting, walks, games on the lawn and, when the weather is bad, watching a film chosen by residents and day service users.
It should be noted that, while considerable attention is placed on regular routines – known as the “rhythms” of the day – all members of the community are free to exercise choice in the range of activities in which they wish to participate. For example, there is no requirement to attend religious services if people do not want to.
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1. An initial application or referral is usually made by the responsible social worker to the manager of Corbenic Camphill Community and should be accompanied by relevant social, medical and psychiatric reports.
2. If placement is considered, the applicant is invited to visit Corbenic for a day, accompanied by parents or primary carers, social worker and any other relevant people. The visit is arranged by the manager and includes a tour of the estate, a view of the household and workshops and meeting members of the community.
3. Following the visit, a decision is taken whether to offer the applicant a short stay of two weeks. This is based on: relevant reports which came with the application, the views of members of Corbenic Camphill Community who were involved in the visit and the views of the applicant and his or her family and social worker.
4. If it is decided to consider the application further, the letter of invitation to come for a trial period is sent to the applicant and a copy sent to the other relevant people. The letter includes all necessary arrangements about dates, times, travel and where the applicant will be staying. Enclosed with the letter is a document giving information about life at Corbenic and it is expected that the applicant and significant people around him or her will have given close consideration to the material before accepting the invitation.
5. At the end of the trial placement a meeting takes place comprising all relevant people to consider the experiences of the trial period and come to a decision about whether the applicant is offered a permanent place. Material which informs that decision includes the experiences of all concerned during the trial period, the reports which accompanied the original application and the basic assessment form which will have been completed by people responsible for the house in which the applicant resides. In some cases the applicant may be invited to extend the trial placement for a further two weeks, either by staying on or coming back at a later date. If, during the trial period, it becomes evident that the applicant is not suitable as a resident in Corbenic, the Manager reserves the right to terminate the placement with immediate effect.
6. A review takes place six weeks after permanent admission. Thereafter reviews are held every six months.
7. If it is decided not to offer the applicant a trial placement, a letter to this effect is sent from the Manager to the applicant. While there is no requirement for Corbenic to give reasons for turning down an applicant, discretion may be exercised in giving reasons if considered appropriate. A copy of this letter is sent to other relevant parties with due regard to confidentiality and the applicant’s personal privacy.
8. The fee varies according to the level of personal needs.
It should be noted, while an invitation to come for a day’s visit may be sent shortly after the initial referral or application, the invitation to come for a trial period will only be made once a vacancy is about to occur. This is to ensure that, if the applicant is to be offered a permanent placement – and he or she accepts – a place will be available as soon as possible thereafter. Even if a place is immediately available, the applicant will have time to consider whether he or she accepts the offer.