At Hebden Bridge Learning Community, students and staff develop their sense of purpose by serving their local and the wider global community.
Students learn about the value to their own lives of helping others. According to their age, they carry out activities under adult supervision. They find and set up community projects that follow their own interests and desires. These could range from helping the housebound, assisting the disabled, raising money for causes supported by the school, growing vegetables, and getting involved in local community groups and festivals. The students will decide what they want to do, how they want to do it, and for how long.
Before carrying out any community care activity a study will be made into its usefulness, sustainability, and long term benefit for the individuals and the community concerned. Learning how to run community projects from a young age is a magnificent preparation for adult life, showing young people how to channel their learning, creativity, and soulfulness into giving to others.
Students will also have the chance to be involved in an international school support project in Bhandarjhud, Nr Dehradun in Northern India. This is an English medium primary school for 400 underprivileged children where yoga and meditation also form part of the school day.