Pennine Camphill Community
Pennine Camphill Community is on the first rise of the Pennines, on the outskirts of Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It comprises a 57-acre site close to the local community and amenities.
Pennine is part of the Camphill Movement. We are a non-profit-making charity, with help from volunteers both locally and internationally.
Pennine is not just a college for young people with learning disabilities. It is also a community.
Many aspects of life at Pennine revolve around the five households which provide a home life for residential students and work and training opportunities for day students. Day students join one of the houses where they have lunch sharing some of the daily household activities. Each house has a different character, depending on the blend of people living in the household at any one time.
Some co-workers live on site and Pennine is their home. Residential students live in extended family groups together with co-workers and their families. Everyone plays a part in the running of their household. Day-to-day tasks such as washing up, laundry and cleaning become ways of learning about responsibility and accepting each other’s abilities. Students benefit greatly from the sense of stability and security created by this living arrangement; they learn increasing self-reliance and gain maturity in an environment where every contributions is valued.
Students are encouraged to try new things as well as following their own interests and hobbies, and are also encouraged to participate in planning leisure activities. These may include dancing, singing, music, outings to concerts, plays, exhibitions and places of interest, walks, swimming and other sports, and weekend shopping.
Pennine has a programme of cultural events and, for example, concerts and plays are held in our hall.
As well as the five houses (Boyne Hill House, Hibernia, Birch, Ruskin and Old Colliery House), there are several other buildings. In New Elmet there is a small hall, classrooms, IT facilities in all buildings, a bakery and a small library. There is also a large hall (Aulis), a Craft Hub, farm and riding school.
Caring for the environment has always been an important part of life at Pennine. We use organic and biodynamic methods on our garden and farm. By growing much of our own produce, and through our purchasing policy, we provide a nutricious healthy, organic diet.