Local support critical to Camphill
THE Camphill Community in Dún Síon was delighted with the local support for their Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday at a time when, according to facilitators of the project, proposed cuts could hinder their way of life in the future.
Founded in 2004, Dingle's Camphill Community is situated on 44 acres of land and provides a place where people with special needs can work and share their lives. They are currently fund-raising in an effort to build a new home where they can live, work and farm together (residents are currently living in rented accommodation).
However, according to Betsy Konick, proposed cuts in disability supports could have a negative impact on their way of life in the coming year.
"Fund-raising is so important to us at the moment, many of the grants we had hoped to access to help with the construction of the new building are not available to us at the moment," she said.
"It's looking like we may have to raise all the funds for the building ourselves, therefore we are so grateful to people for visiting our craft day and supporting us."
"It's going to be a very difficult year with the cuts in disability supports but we are still managing our day to day and hope to begin moving forward with the building project next year."
"The craft day was wonderful there was a great atmosphere even the weather as good allowing us to host it outside this year. We managed to sell most of our crafts - which was the aim - thanks to the support of the locality," she said.
Camphill Dingle have set up a bank account in the Bank of Ireland if people wish to donate: account number: 80607629, sort code: 90-57-07.