joining the community

Residential Admission


Who are the Companions?

Companions are adults who have learning abilities and have chosen to live in the Lantern Community. As fully involved members of the community, tenants are known as Companions. The Companions live together with volunteers from all over the world known as Co-workers. Each day there is the opportunity to socialise with many other people including employees, specialist staff, visiting friends, family members and customers calling into the lovely shop and café.  

Some people who wanted to join the community when there were no vacancies have arranged their own accommodation near to the Lantern Community.  We can provide the same support and care services to people living near enough to be active members of the life of the Lantern Community through the Day Services provision.

How to apply?

“The first step is getting to know the community.”

Please contact the Main Office: 01425 460201 or send an e-mail for an appointment. 

You will be invited for an initial discussion and tour of the community.  If this is successful you will be invited for an informal interview and assessment. 

Following the assessment you will be invited for a two-week visit to enable you to evaluate the community.  This will also enable the companions to get to know you so that an informed choice can be made from both sides.

Joining the Lantern Community ➦*

Companion Admission Criteria ➦*

Companion Admission Policy ➦*

Tenancy Agreement ➦

*this information has currently been removed for review and update

All Housing Management issues are dealt with by East Boro Housing Trust. Please see the website of East Boro Housing Trust for further information 

Day Services Placements

Day Placement Possibilities

Are you interested to join us?


Application Form ➦

Employment Opportunities


The Lantern Community employs approximately 100 people who are engaged in a variety of work, covering areas such as finance, administration, workshops, Companion and house support. The skills that they bring and the commitment they make are valued by all, as well as the positive contribution through social interaction. Our employees are very much part of the Lantern ‘family’, and are included in many social and cultural activities throughout the year.

How to apply?

Job descriptions for current posts and application form are available on our website. If you have further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Lantern Office by phone on 01425 460201 or by sending us an e-mail to

You must complete our standard application form to apply for a role. The information you provide in your application form will used to decide whether to shortlist you for an interview. This process helps us to assess each applicant in a fair and consistent way. 

We will ask for the names and detail of contacts of two referees, which must include your current or most recent employer. If you have not had two employers, you may provide a second reference from a teacher, university or college tutor if you have been in full-time education. We do not accept references from family or relatives.

Depending on the post, you are applying for, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate maybe required. You will be required to disclose any criminal record(s) you have as part of the application process. 

The Lantern Community operates an Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy for all and believes that no one should be treated less favourably than anyone else because of their gender, marital status, sexual orientation, social class, race, ethnic origin, religious belief or disability. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work and believe that we can learn from diverse cultures and perspectives. 

If you are an applicant with a disability and would like the opportunity to discuss the application process please contact the HR Department on 01425 460203. If you require an application with bigger type face, or have any other suggestions as to how we may help you with your application, please feel free to contact us.

Good Luck with your application!

Current Vacancies

Application Form ➦

Co-workers & Volunteering at the Lantern

Who are the Co-workers?

Young people from abroad who join the Community, for usually a year. Co-workers live in the Lantern Community homes and support the Companions. They receive free training, free board, meals and a weekly allowance. We offer approximately 18 short-term co-worker placements per year.

Are you interested in joining us as a Co-worker?

We are looking for individuals from international backgrounds and different cultures who would like an opportunity to join the community and experience what it offers.

We invite co worker volunteers to stay with us in the community for one year. You will live in the home of a group of adults with learning disabilities, delivering their care and support for 40 hours a week

You will be part of a team of co-worker volunteers and experienced social care practitioners. No experience is necessary as we provide training in holistic social care and support you throughout your stay.

How to apply?

If you are energetic and have excellent English language skills, if you have a keen interest in home making in a Camphill Community setting and are willing to share your life with adults with learning disabilities and participate in our community and cultural life – come and join us!

Please see the attached documents for further information and application form.


Co-worker Application Form ➦

Volunteering at the Lantern

A number of adults who give their time to a whole range of activities that include gardening, handcrafts, printing, transport and tutoring. As well as new volunteers, many have been coming to the Lantern for a number of years and all are considered members of the Community. Their individual contribution is highly valued and appreciated.

All members of the Community acknowledge the valuable life experience and skills that each volunteer offers, along with loyalty, friendship and the commitment required to freely give of personal time.

The Lantern Community recognises that volunteering must benefit the individual as well as ourselves, and aims to provide an environment that is inclusive, stimulating, friendly and supportive. We wish to continually maintain and develop a creative and mutually beneficial relationship between volunteers and the Community, recognising that volunteers are a positive force in describing our work and engendering support and understanding in the wider community.

How to apply?

If you would like to consider volunteering, we would be happy to meet you to discuss how this might be of mutual benefit. There are no fixed hours involved, and a wide variety of opportunities exist to match skills you may wish to offer, to the Community’s needs. 

Please call the main office for details 01425 460201.  Alternatively, you can complete the application form and send by e-mail 

Please be aware, it is a legal requirement that a Disclosure and Barring check (DBS) is carried out for all volunteers.

Please also be aware that unfortunately we cannot accept the offer of regular volunteer work in our workshops from parents or those who have direct responsibility to companions living here. However we do have other opportunities for you to support the community in other ways.


Volunteer Application Form ➦