Thank you for popping in. Please have a look around. We will show you things you probably didn’t know about our little village.
Botton Village is in the North York Moors in England. It’s very beautiful, with stunning countryside, but what really matters are the people who made Botton and live here – a community of families and other volunteers who live with people with learning disabilities, creating homes together; like families really, simply living together under one roof, young and old, able and less able, sharing meals, helping each other, and so on.
People say genius lies in simplicity, and in our way of life lies a magic: that those one might call disabled can live normal, happy, fulfilled, secure, empowered and meaningful lives. Their disability no longer seems so relevant.
And yet, we’re in trouble. The non-disabled (for want of a better word) people and families, referred to as Co-workers, are being coerced out of the way by an organisation that has taken over the management of this community. For sixty years we have worked and been there with those who need care, support and attention – but management wants to stop people living together and replace us Co-workers with care staff who live elsewhere and drive in to do shift-work – as in care home. This will end what made this place special: that people are seen as people, not a disability; that people create and are part of a home and community, not that their lives are institutionalised by stealth.
We have pleaded with management to find alternatives, but in vain. Many people have now started a legal appeal, and we urge you to support this with through our fundraising appeal. At the same time, we do want to talk and find a way forward that preserves what made this beautiful, creative and collaborative way of life special and so much loved by those who are here.
But for now, welcome to Botton Spring.