Pilsdon Community

Rev Sue Langdon

Postal Address
Pilsdon Manor

Electronic Mail pilsdon@pilsdon.org.uk
01308 868308
Year started
Legal structure
registered charity
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Pilsdon Community offers a refuge for anyone who needs a safe place to stay at a particular point in their life, some come whilst recovering from alcoholism or addiction, others coping with mental illness or following a crisis point in their life. Run by residential community members we offer friendship, hospitality, acceptance and many cups of tea.

The Pilsdon Community is a smallholding of 12 acres with cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks and a large vegetable garden. We rear our own meat, grow our own vegetables and make our own dairy produce. Everyone is invited to participate fully in the life of the community from milking a cow to digging up a parsnip or preparing afternoon tea and toast.

Community members plus their families and seasonal volunteers live in and have responsibility for the Community (not salaried but supported). We share broadly in a Christian spirituality, participate in daily prayer/meditation and enjoy the privilege of offering hospitality. We are often remembered for our good food! We are by necessity strictly alcohol-free.

Pilsdon offer periods of respite for people who may need space for recuperation in a supportive and caring environment, welcoming those from all backgrounds and from many different walks of life – whether young or old, rich or poor. Pilsdon is a community that shares a common life of prayer, hospitality and work, providing an environment of acceptance and friendship where people can begin to rebuild their lives.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is not accessible by public transport
community does not share utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community has some kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Pilsdon Community is currently looking for new members

The Pilsdon Community is seeking new Community
Members to join the existing team, based on our 12 acre farm in West Dorset. The Warden and Community Members live and work alongside people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, as well as those suffering with mental health challenges. Community Members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and professions; some of the key requirements are a demonstrable sense of calling to this role, strong relational qualities and an ability to work in an emotionally and physically challenging environment.

Community Members take responsibility for the over all running, organisation and ethos of Pilsdon. At any one time there maybe up to 7 community members and the current team is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, which includes individuals, married couples and families.

As well as the day to day jobs of cooking, looking after livestock, leading prayers, washing and cleaning – where members take equal part to others living at Pilsdon – Community Members also look after key areas such as health and safety, the gardens, the vehicles and applications process, to name just a few. A Community Member also acts as a support/link worker to a number of Guests who are designated to them.

Underpinning this work is an ethos of ‘living alongside and serving one another’. One important implication of this is that Members all share the same house rules as Guests and Visitors in terms of Pilsdon being a dry house.

The selection process for a potential new Member involves residential visits to Pilsdon and an interview.

If you would like to explore the possibility of becoming a community member please contact Michael, the Warden.

Community Members are required to commit 3-5 years.

Families are welcome to apply.

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Pilsdon Community is currently looking for volunteers

Volunteering at Pilsdon can take many different forms. Most volunteers live at Pilsdon for a period of between 6-12 months, whilst others who live locally come and support community life as day volunteers.

Residential volunteers share fully in the life of the community which could mean cooking dinner for 25 people, leading prayers in one of the 4 daily offices in the church, milking, washing up etc. Underpinning this practical work is an ethos of ‘living alongside and serving one another’. One important implication of this is that Volunteers share the same house rules as Guests and Visitors in terms of Pilsdon being a dry house. Volunteers need to be able to feel comfortable participating fully in community life, which can often be emotionally and physically challenging, as well as have a good level of self-awareness and to be able to take responsibility for planning their own leisure and rest periods.

Day volunteers support many aspects of community life including cooking, gardening, care of livestock and building maintenance.

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