Become a Villager

Are you or a family member interested in joining our life sharing Camphill community?

We currently have vacancies for new Villagers, which is the term we use for community members with support needs.

Our Shared Lives households provide a warm, supportive, family environment where community members can build real, long-term relationships and develop independence.

We are a working community and everyone has the opportunity to take up a vocation in our volunteer led social enterprises. Everyone’s work is valued, and necessary to sustain the community.


Applicants go through a careful matching process by our social care provider, The Avalon Group, which includes multiple visits and a trial of up to three months to ensure our community is the right place for you or your family member.

Find out more about Shared Lives here

And to get in touch about the application process, please email

Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care

“As a Commission, we’ve been thinking carefully about the purpose of care and support. Visiting Esk Valley Camphill Community, we saw a group of adults of different ages being supported to live together. The magic ingredient was shared participation. Residents live alongside each other in a community house, cooking and eating together, experiencing a sense of mutual involvement in, and ownership of, their shared space. Work is about bringing the best out of people and watching them thrive. Everyone in the community at Esk Valley has the opportunity to pursue a vocation to the best of their ability: from working on the land – tending chickens, growing vegetables – to stacking the shelves in the health shop or baking bread, everyone is equipped to share their skills and gifts.” – Care and Support reimagined by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Read the full report here