Our main area of work is supporting a college for students with learning disabilities. We’re quite a mixed bunch, some who have lived here for many years and some who come just for a year to help out. There’s always an international flavour within the community which we encourage. Co-workers living within the community have their everyday needs met but don’t receive a wage but others contribute through more conventional arrangements.
Our farm, garden and craft workshops create unique ‘hands on’ learning for our students. We are also home to Wakefield Riding for the Disabled, a project we have run jointly for over ten years. We are also home to A Tools for Self Reliance workshop.
Most of our students are day students but a small number are residential and stay in one of our houses on an extended family basis.
When we began everyone lived within the confines of our grounds. As we have grown, most people now come in daily. This has challenged some of our initial concepts of what is community. Community is more about how we relate to each other and whether each person has a sense of belonging within the community. We would like to grow (so much to do) and welcome people, families, enthusiasm and ideas. Get in touch!