Helping hands at Camphill

Bristow staff and Camphill pupils at work on the mural
Bristow staff and Camphill pupils at work on the mural

employees from Bristow Helicopters Limited spent the day volunteering at Camphill School, Lower Deeside,as part of the company’s social responsibility programme aimed at making positive changes in the communities where the company operates.

Camphill School, which is part of the international Camphill Movement, cares for and educates young people with special needs by creating highly individualised learning programmes.

The Camphill Movement creates communities where children, young people and adults can live, learn and work in a safe and supportive environment.

Employees from Bristow’s Aberdeen base helped paint the school’s benches and main workshop, whilst interacting with those who live and work in the community.

The volunteers also had the chance to take part in a private art lesson conducted by the school, allowing them to understand the benefits of the school as well as creating a large mural which will be hung at Bristow’s Dyce premises for the whole office to enjoy.

Ellie Runciman, HR Manager, Global Centralised Operations, at Bristow Helicopters Limited, said: “It has been a privilege for us to work with the Camphill School Aberdeen and its residents, particularly as they support young people in such an inclusive and unique way.

“Whilst we enjoyed painting the workshops and benches, being able to take part in our very own art lesson was a fantastic experience, and provided the team with a real insight into the valuable work carried out by staff at the school. Our employees are now looking forward to other worthwhile projects that they can get involved in with Bristow Uplift’s support.”

Laurence Alfred, a co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, said:“It has been tremendous to have the enthusiastic team from Bristow Helicopters here today. Their support is most welcome and comes at a time when – in common with so many charities – we face considerable challenges.

“The emphasis at Camphill School Aberdeen is on mutual care and respect. Everyone contributes to the life of the school to the extent of their abilities. It has been great to see the team from Bristow Helicopters join in with that spirit.”