A turtle cannot move forward if it doesn't put its head out. That is exactly what a number of carers of loved ones with a mental illness have done in starting Naradell Inc born from a shared vision and passion to make a difference in mental health on the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Imagine, for a moment, a person in the prime of life with loving family and friends, doing well academically, in sport or in their chosen career with a future ahead of them, full of promise and hope.
Then something happens to their brain through trauma, grief, an accident, substance use or simply genetics. Their whole life, and the life of their family, is turned upside down.
Confusion, despair, anger, grief and frustration are among some of the feelings that take on a life of their own not only for the affected person but also for the family and friends Unlike a physical injury or illness you cannot see an illness affecting a person's mental health but it is every bit as debilitating.
Naradell's intention is to support those with mental health disorders regain their momentum and interest in life and to move forward with confidence, feeling safe and supported. Through many years of shared involvement with our loved ones, experiencing first hand the lack of continuity and variety of activities that the clinical model offers through the hospital system and the problem of funding and time restraints with various organisations, Naradell will work steadily and surely in making certain that continuity of care will always be at the forefront of any decision that is made.
The NDIS has made a positive difference but it has also brought many frustrating moments and tension as support organisations and carers adjust to this new system. There is still a great need for quality accommodation and purposeful activities.
Naradell's dream came from much observation, listening and experiences by the founding carers. We recognise that nurture comes from nature where people are given the opportunity to experience community at its best - working, playing, learning, growing alongside each other, respecting one another and the environment. Healing then happens in its own good time
Our vision is threefold. We intend to establish Naradell Farm where there will be no time limit on people who come to stay. It could be weeks, months or longer. When a person feels ready to leave they will be given all the assistance necessary.
Our vision expands to an urban activity centre, Naradell Hub, which we see as fitting well with the Farm vision.
We also constantly hear people saying they are unaware of services, facilities, activities that already exist here on the Sunshine Coast. They often don't know where to turn for assistance. This is why we have already established the Naradell Information Centre on our website. We intend to extend this to a bricks & mortar presence so people can receive information on a friendly face to face basis.
We will strive to make Naradell Farm and Naradell Hub world class facilities in making a positive difference.
People need TIME to reflect, understand, and heal; SPACE to feel safe. to engage, to create; GROWTH will then come in one's acceptance, abilities, purpose and to move on in one's life
Time to reflect
Time to understand
Time to heal
Time to grow
Space to feel safe
Space to create
Space to engage
Space to grow
Growth in one's acceptance
Growth in one's purpose
Growth in one's abilities
Growth to move on in one's life
The Camphill Movement
The Camphill movement was created in 1939 by Karl Konig, an Austrian paediatrician, who fled Germany during the Second World War with a group of Jewish students and settled in Scotland.
The radical difference of the new venture in Scotland was the emphasis on community both in a social and in a spiritual sense. Karl König was inspired by anthroposophy, a spiritual philosophy, mainly developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Anthroposophy is a human-oriented Christian philosophy. The name is based on two Greek words which mean ‘wisdom of the human being’, and reflects and speaks to the basic questions of humanity and nature. It is not an abstract theory but informs our practice and continues to inspire us.
Newton Dee is a Camphill community in Aberdeen, Scotland. They offer a home, meaningful work and opportunities for personal development to adults with learning disabilities and other special needs. In all some 200 people live and work within the Newton Dee community. Around half have special needs. The others are mainly co-workers and their families.
Aberdeen's Camphill community is special because it was the first. There are now more than 100 villages in more than 20 countries across Europe, North America, Southern Africa and Asia.
In many ways the Camphill philosophy reflects that of Naradell. The only real difference is that at Naradell our focus is on mental health.
At Newton Dee they provide training and supportive work environments where people can do more than just be entertained. They believe that work is an essential part of anyone's life. So whether it be a Baker, a Farmer, a Woodworker or something else - Newton Dee Camphill Community helps to support all community members to reach their fullest potential. This is all rounded out by a robust social, cultural and spiritual life.