About Journeyman Community
The Journeyman Programme is a Camphill training initiative for young people who have a disability.
Work is to start on a new eco friendly centre at Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary that will include training workshops, an exhibition space, meeting rooms, dining area, communications room and administration offices.
The new centre will also allow the Journeyman Programme to expand in new directions with two self contained apartments for trainees.
Training Programme and Curriculum
The Journeyman has developed as a 3 to 5 year programme for young people with learning and physical disabilities between the ages of 18 and 25yrs. It provides a varied and practical curriculum in an environment in which young people can interact with their own peer group, mature and gain confidence before moving on to an adult working environment or further training.
While practical training includes horticulture, cooking, painting, and crafts such as rug making, pottery, candle making and woodwork, it is the social skills that make up the core of the programme.
The aim is to help students develop life skills in communicating, socialising with others, forming friendships and interacting with the everyday world - searching for the next step in life, can be seen as a common goal.
Centre of Excellence
The Journeyman Programme has been recognised by the HSE, as a centre of excellence and is also partly funded by the Department of the Environment, with 50% of the cost being raised by local and national fund raising efforts.
It is forging a training model which can be passed on to other such centres for young people and replicated countrywide.