The main objective of Camtrust is to offer students better opportunities when it comes to living independently and gaining employment, whether it is paid or voluntary. Students are aged from 18 years upwards and the courses are open to all.
Camtrust is unique, with the programme carried out within a commercial print and design environment. It is a very happy and relaxed atmosphere where the students make friends and develop many skills.
The commercial activity complements the programme as each student is encouraged to actively engage in customer service, giving them valuable hands-on experience, and at the same time building their confidence and self-esteem and developing necessary life-skills.
Camtrust is community-driven and has a partnership with the local community café to offer work experience to its students. Its design and print studio also offers quality services at not-for-profit prices to local groups, charities and small businesses. Apart from the modest revenue from the print and design studio, Camtrust is self-financing, having to raise the funds for all running costs. We rely on local fundraising and grants to cover these.
The trustees are working to increase the level of income to be able to provide for the current and the future needs of Camtrust. They would be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in helping in this area, or in becoming a trustee.
To find out more about how you can help Camtrust to provide these opportunities for the future, see Get Involved.
Camtrust has been operating since 1993. To read about how it started and the ups and downs along the way click here.
What the Students say about Camtrust
‘I have learnt to use different types of office equipment, such as binding, laminating and photocopying machines. I have learnt a lot about customer service and how you have to treat your customers with respect’ - Justin
‘Since I have been at Camtrust I have learnt how to use Word and Powerpoint presentation software. I have also designed my own greeting cards’ - Indra
‘Everyone wants to be treated like an adult and be accepted, regardless of where they come from. At Camtrust you are treated like a grown up by both tutors and other students. I would recommend this place to anyone’ - Marcia
‘What makes Camtrust special is that it gives people with disabilites and learning difficulties a chance to work in an office-type environment, it has given me the skills needed to be ready for paid employment’ - Adam
‘When I first came to Camtrust I was as quiet as a mouse and now they can’t stop me from talking’ - Liz
‘I have learnt a lot more computer skills since I have been at Camtrust, it is a very friendly place and a great way to make new friends’ - Dominic
‘Since I have been at Camtrust my social skills have improved’ - Paul
‘What makes Camtrust special, is the learning atmosphere, it is relaxed and friendly and you are given all the help, advice and support you need’ - Cathy