Enriching lives through meaningful initiatives


Welcome to the new Camphill Foundation website.

The Camphill Foundation is a UK based charitable foundation. It was originally established in 1984 as the Thomas Weihs Trust in honour of Thomas Weihs who was one of the pioneering founding members of the groundbreaking Camphill movement.

The Foundation primarily supports the work of Camphill communities and new initiatives in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It does this by offering small grants and low interest loans which are often needed to kickstart a project.

The work of the Foundation is only possible due to the regular donations and legacies it receives. The gratitude we receive from those who get Foundation funding is unbounded. On their behalf we wish to express sincere thanks to you for making this happen.


The Camphill Foundation UK and Ireland supports a diversity of projects which enhance and enrich the lives of vulnerable people with learning disabilities and extra support needs.

We believe that independence and freedom of choice can only be achieved with the right level of support. The multifaceted and integrated life of a Camphill community can provide that support.

The Foundation helps to enable new initiatives to start, create or improve facilities and develop vital opportunities for creative and fulfilling work. To us, true quality of life means combining individual choice and fulfilment with social belonging and responsibility.

Please donate online or consider leaving a legacy to enable our work to continue.

What is Camphill?

Camphill communities in the UK and Ireland offer sector leading care to people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The Camphill approach to social care works with mainstream healthcare and complements it with approaches and therapies which often have their roots in anthroposophical approaches to care – holistic care in an intentional community setting which espouses life-sharing at its heart.



The Foundation currently has a management committee composed of three director trustees. In addition, it has six trustees who help to inform and guide the decision making processes.