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Creative Partnerships

The group elected to receive a basic training in the art of Dry-stone walling delivered by a master craftsman. The project included history, geology, functional elements, project planning, tools, design drawings, and practical wall building in a real setting. It also provided supported attendance and outdoor cooking skills.

This group worked alongside an artist and a scientist to use sustainable or recycled materials to design and produce sculptural pieces that can be driven by the wind. The two organizations who agreed to partner with us on the project were NHS –mental health Insight team and also the Baptist church refuge centre for the homeless.

This element was to provide support for a vulnerable person to explore training with the RDA in horse care and stable management.

In all areas we have experienced positive feedback from participants, who reported an elevated sense of individual self esteem and confidence. They have expressed interest in continuing with this area of work and we are actively engaged in developing and managing this in the future.

  • The project aims to meet Wakefield’s cultural strategy.
    Impact 1:  To increase the quality of the districts cultural facilities and activities.
  • Impact 2:  Increase cultural participation and improve opportunities for local people, strengthening neighbourhoods and communities across the district.
  • Impact 3: Improve the skills base and increase cultures contribution to the local economy.
  • Impact 4: Increase satisfaction levels with the cultural offer amongst local people.
  • Impact 5 Increase awareness of our cultural offer, locally nationally and internationally.

Our aims were as follows.

Engage groups of vulnerable people

  • Working with real life projects, situations and experiences
  • E.g. Stone and foundry work, Elemental products. Eco / environmental studies. Animal care, Theatre and cultural studies, food production, retail and marketing.
  • Individual and group support and mentoring
  • Skills training and employment advice as required
  • Project development/ documentation/record keeping
  • To develop awareness and practice of health and safety issues and requirements
  • To develop self confidence and empowerment in the working environment
  • Further positive life choices and opportunity

The participants will be able to:

  1. Participate and work as part of a team
  2. Explore the business enterprise potential of the skills and products
  3. Improve understanding of crafts, science and communication
  4. Enjoy exploring and experimenting with practical and physical skills
  5. Develop self confidence, leadership and enterprise
  6. Keep a record of process, practice and achievement
  7. Develop and practice relevant health and safety rules
  8. Develop independence, identity and self esteem
  9. Extend ability to make positive life choices and improve motivation
  10. Contribute to an evaluation of the project and consider future goals.

The project will soon be entering into its second phase, working with similar groups and individuals to design, rehearse and produce a theatrical event in a public space. This event will be facilitated by Faceless Theatre and is a fast paced visually stunning outdoor adventure featuring colourful masks and amazing puppets. This will be supported with further training days to build on the skills the participants have experienced.

The final part of the project will be working with vulnerable and challenging groups to explore neon and glass work with internationally known graffiti and neon artists.

The Summer School was a huge success attracting people of all ages and abilities. Crafts included designing and making pottery, Raku firing, felt-making and soft jewellery design, face-painting techniques, willow work to make festival and celebratory props  and sensory garden design all based in our new purpose built workshops in the beautiful and natural Pennine Community setting. The Summer School courses were so popular that we were able to deliver a further pottery workshop over two days in November and those participants a planning to set up a Friday morning pottery club. Anyone interested do contact our reception for further information.

People of all ages participated, ranging from under 5s to people in their eighties to prepare decorative bunting and props.  This was undertaken during the Olympics so people who were unable to attend them in London felt they were part of a national celebration in their own environment. The community bunting, flags and ‘Olympic Story’ stage set were designed painted and displayed in the centre of the estate as part of their rehearsals and final performance for “Bella’s got Talent”. This project was facilitated by Pennine staff and also provided training for three work experience helpers. The festival was a huge success.

The Princes Trust -Team 85 joined Pennine Community for a five day intensive project, their challenge was to work on a project that benefited the wider community, their brief was to clear a derelict and overgrown area, to construct shelters and fire pits to create a safe and welcoming site for outdoor learning projects and land based craft courses here. The Participants improved their knowledge and understanding of the creative process through practical ‘hands on experience’ supported by engagement and purposeful activity, design and problem solving exercises and practice based education.

This was a work experience and training project with four much challenged young people who had very little domestic or social stability. They were able to select from several practical work based areas and shadow the workshop leaders for up to 5 days. Participants engaged in hanging exhibitions, making pottery, erecting awnings and shelters for practical projects outdoors, working in the organic gardens, supporting the farmer with land based practical tasks and the care of livestock, preparing for and supporting fairs and festivals and helping severely disabled children to horse ride.

Pennine Camphill Community was successful in their 2012 Creative Partnerships bid from WMDC.

This exciting opportunity also exists to work alongside other organisations who have received awards including Theatre Royal Wakefield, The Art House Faceless Company, the Hepworth Wakefield Yorkshire Sculpture Park and One to One Media Productions.

Please read below for an outline of the project.

We will work with vulnerable people who by illness or access issues are prevented from leading fulfilling and positive lives. It is crucial that we build into this project consideration and appropriate support for transporting participants to include arrival and departure support and sensitive interventions when required.
We will enable them to access skills based projects through our five dynamics of land based studies which are:
Nature, Time, Learning, Community, and Spirituality

The Pennine Community is set in 56 acres of rural land to the south of Wakefield and contains a small farm with livestock, an organic garden and orchard. It lies between several other remarkable venues. It adjoins Newmillerdam village green with pedestrian access to Newmillerdam country Park, Seckar Woods and Woolley Moor. It is also a short distance from Bretton Sculpture Park and Pugneys water sports facilities.

We are a specialist residential college working with day and residential students with a new, purpose built award winning craft facility set in the middle of the community garden and farm, with direct access to RDA – Riding for the disabled, a riding and animal care facility based on our site.
We focus primarily on the organic care and protection of external environment through engaging people to explore their sensory processes through physical labour, or leisure activities to improve   physical health, and promote healing and well being.  We provide building and estate management skills to include care of stock, food cultivation, and local distribution. We explore issues of economic and eco friendly impacts on the local community. Engaging with nature, crafts and animals is our primary motivator when sharing skills with vulnerable people. Evidence of improved physical and mental health and realistic opportunities are well documented.

Time is an incredible facilitator of personal transition, It provides a circadian rhythm, can be adapted to each individuals personal speed and ability. It provides a regular structure to the day in order to eat, move, rest and sleep. Time can accommodate subtle variations to routines and also provide dramatic impacts to the timetable of each day. Time works with nature through the seasonal variations that stimulate our most primary senses of human warmth, food, shelter and the symbolic transitional changes of birth, growth, decline, death and compost.

Time management is crucial to understanding sequential consequences and nurturing positive outcomes for ourselves, nature and the land. Without this insight life can so easily become chaotic, unmanageable and therefore unproductive.

We will provide learning through physical and emotional participation and sensory integration within the natural environment. It is a therapeutic education, experimental and ongoing, offering consistent interventions, while honouring differences in our modern and multi- cultural community. We aim to create a learning environment that nourishes and nurtures each human spirit to improve each person’s feelings of confidence through meaningful tasks and learning opportunities relevant to them. These achievements can be recognised, measured evaluated and celebrated. We are adaptable and able to work with a range of achievement pathways through the supporting training bodies such as NVQ’s ASDAN OCN or NPCT all have elements of Land Based studies if that is supported and required.

A complex and esoteric issue involving our recognition of the human spirit and its unique qualities held within each person. Our objectives and ethos are outside the logistical confines of a materialist model and relate to human values based on respect, trust, self discovery and love. In our daily lives we work towards finding goodness and light in our relationships, this is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being, regardless of disability or religious or racial background.

We will also build opportunities into the project delivery structure for our participants to access other groups and communities locally that have relevance to their learning and development.

We currently have a range of artist practitioners, eco scientists and transitional engineers who have the flexibility experience and insight to facilitate, direct and evaluate this Real Lives – ‘ transitions’ project.
We have wider links regionally and internationally, along with a history of projects and training opportunities for and with creative humans from all over the world.


The work will be generally based in our land and estate studies workshop, with access to the Craft Hub facility. With relevant activities operating from the ‘fire field’ outdoor shelter which provides access to Raku kilns, Charcoal burner, forge and outdoor kitchen fire and oven.


We would like to thank all the people who visited our fundraising event on Saturday the 18th of May.

We raised over £600 to contribute towards replacing our Polytunnel.

We hope you enjoyed your visit!