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Tiphereth - purpose & belonging

Tiphereth is a unique community, founded at the heart of Colinton 30 years ago. At Tiphereth, people with learning difficulties, staff and volunteers work and grow together.

Tiphereth Camphill in Edinburgh logo

The members of our community have learning disabilities, autism and other complex needs. We are a registered charity (Number SC017483) and a Camphill community. Camphill is a worldwide movement founded in Scotland in 1940, building communities where everyone can find purpose and belonging.

The charity was started in one house on Torphin Road and has expanded to have an additional house on the Torphin site and two in Colinton itself. You can watch a video about our work here:

Tiphereth consists of residential homes and workshop groups. Our three residential homes are unique. Residents live with qualified care staff, and their families, so our houses become a real home.

Tiphereth recently redeveloped the Torphin Hill Golf Club into supported living flats. They are a place where people can live an independent life, with staff on hand for support when they need it.

Our workshop groups have 75 members who come here Monday to Friday.

Most join Tiphereth after leaving school. They work together on projects in gardening, landscaping, woodwork, art and cookery. This meaningful work increases their self-confidence, develops their talents and gives them lifelong skills.

We help the local environment by collecting green waste from local households and turning it into compost. We also produce firewood from local, sustainable sources.

To purchase our compost or firewood please visit our website:

As a local charity, we can't do any of this without the support of the local community - which is why we are so grateful for all our local support. You can support us by visiting our Summer Fair on Saturday 15th June (11am to 3pm - further information will be on our Facebook page). This is an opportunity to see around Tiphereth and purchase goods made in our workshops.


Trustee needed

We are looking for a Trustee with experience and qualifications in financial management and monitoring to join the Board.

There is also the opportunity for the new Trustee to engage with the Board and operational management in the wider aspects of strategic development and other Board business.

The requirement would be to attend six Board meetings per annum plus, as convenor of a financial sub-committee, three additional meetings of around two hours each. The Trustee Board usually commences at 10.00am and finishes at 3.00pm.

Trustees are recommended, and would be welcome, to spend time visiting the various activities provided by the community, at their leisure.

If you are interested, please contact lan Herok (Vice Chair) on 07801 137803 for an initial chat.


Tiphereth, 55 Torphin Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PQTel: 0131 441 2055

Scottish Charity Number SC017483


Published in Konect May 2024

Author: Tiphereth Camphill Edinburgh


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