Welcome to Beannachar

A therapeutic and supportive environment for young adults with additional support needs

Life at Beannachar

Beannachar is a Camphill Community situated in the countryside on the edge of Aberdeen, two miles from the city centre. There is a large 19th century house, comprising one house community (Silver Birch) and two purpose-built houses, Rose and Linden. With workshops for weaving, woodwork, sculpture, arts & crafts, laundry, candle making and Tools for Self Reliance, and also additional co-worker accommodation (Rowan and Juniper). A large walled garden, a farm, a sports area and extensive woodland make up the 28 acres of ground.

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A Nurturing Environment

We are a community of approximately 75 people including a mix of registered residential and day places for up to 36 young adults with learning support needs. Staffing is a mix of permanent live-in staff, employed staff and temporary live-in volunteers. Together we strive to create a fully inclusive, nurturing and secure environment for our students. Student Placements

Meaningful Work

We are a ‘working community’, with everyone, students and staff, contributing to the meaningful work necessary for maintaining our mutual interdependence, our mutual pride in achievement, and our mutual sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves while recognising our own, irreplaceable part in that picture.

A sense of belonging to something bigger than yourself, where your participation and contribution is expected, necessary and appreciated, is a prerequisite to all human emotional development.


Potential co-workers usually apply by post or email and are then asked to send a detailed C.V., a photograph, the names and addresses of two referees, a medical check and a criminal record check. After being fully informed about our life and work here, or if possible after an initial visit, they are asked to commit themselves for at least six months or preferably for a full year.

new volunteering position

We are currently recruiting for a Volunteer Driver. If you are interested in this opening, please go to our volunteer section where you can apply.