Camphill Holywood History

History of Camphill Holywood

Our cafe at 8 Shore Road was once home to Bell’s Bakery, a Holywood institution.  When Mr Bell had to close down, he and the Holywood Chamber of Commerce approached Camphill Communities Trust NI to see if they wished to take on a new initiative.  Out of this, Camphill Holywood was born with the intention that it would become a window for the public into the wonderful world of Camphill. 

We officially opened our doors in 1997 as a home bakery, café and shop.  For some time, employed co-workers worked together with residents from our closest neighbouring Camphill Community, Glencraig. 

Later, we were able to provide living accomodation and support for our first resident with learning disabilities and they still live in the Camphill Holywood community today. 

Camphill Holywood has continued to develop and in 2000, Rob van Duin took over management and it was decided that we would encourage volunteers to work and live alongside adults with learning disabilities.  

Today, Camphill Holywood is a vibrant urban Community, offering integrated work spaces and residential care.  We now are able to offer a home to four residents supported by live-in volunteer co-workers and we have a mix of employed and volunteer co-workers supporting the community in a variety of roles.  

We thank you for your support.