Hello wonderful workaway community ......
We would love to hear from people who can help with any or all of these things:
Gardening including planting, de cluttering and sorting spaces, photography and post production, Woodwork/carpentry/chopping wood, house work, cooking low carb food, cleaning, computer help and setting up systems.
We are experienced hosts and have loads of positive feedback, and we don’t ask anyone to do a job we haven’t done or tried before. As we are so busy we need people who are over 21 years of age and independent.
So about us! my name is Tanya and I live in the lovely town of Frome in the county of Somerset with my husband Alan, my daughter Maya who is 13 my son Emrys who is 7 and our lovely little dog called Lottie. Emrys loves music (Beatles especially) dressing up and is very funny. Maya is quieter, shy and a huge music fan and loves the Beatles, Bob Dylan, playing Piano and Ukelele as well. I am warm, social and outgoing and have lots of different aspects of my life to juggle. Alan is quieter and less social and likes his own company and has a degree in fine art and has been building and revamping our house. (He does work for other people as well)
Frome is a fantastic place and has a unique alternative community of creative people (Artists, Musicians, Writers, poets and crafts people). It has lots going on in the local pubs, it has a great music venues, lots of art galleries, markets and independent shops. The town has a 10 day festival every July (google Frome Festival) and many interest groups that meet. (It was voted the second coolest place in the UK to live recently!) Frome has a town council made up of independent people, so no party politics so very forward thinking and dynamic. Probably good to mention we are left wing (socialist) and politically engaged and passionate so if you are a Donald Trump fan we might not be the host for you. 😄
I run courses and arts based projects using African Drumming and percussion. (Also in the past I have run drama, shadow puppets, songwriting and choir courses). With so many government cuts this is getting harder so I want to turn my organisation from a 'not for profit' into a business so any help with that would be great. I run a monthly Family Drum Circle, weekly classes and do various workshops and sessions teaching drumming and percussion and music in general. I play the Djembe, guitar and also play the trumpet in the Frome Street Bandits, which is a community band that turn up and play on the streets of Frome with an aim to make people dance, laugh and have fun! Open to jamming when there is time! (Did I say we are busy! 😀) .
Frome is in the ‘West Country’ and is 2.5 hours from London by train, it’s 2 hours from Devon, and about 20 miles away you will find the historic city of Bath, the big city of Bristol, and Glastonbury with its amazing Tor. I have a few friends locally who also have Workawayers so we could get together and you could meet others if that is what you want.
We are a vegetarian family and don't like meat in the house. I will provide all your meals and cook a hot meal in the evening that we will eat together (or you could cook if you wanted for us!) You would help yourself to breakfast and lunch unless I am cooking anyway. We enjoy good food and like to eat as healthy as possible but time is always an issue as we are busy and don't have hours to prepare meals. I am a good cook (speedy) and we love sitting down eating together with a candle, conversation and sometimes after food crank up the 1960’s juke box and have a boogie before the children start the bed time routine.
We aim parent in a way so that our children are valued, respected, able to express themselves and to be confident. We love a laugh and Emrys is a great entertainer dressing up and dancing for us. We would be really happy to share our home, friends and the wider community (I am well networked and know lots of helpful contacts) with you in exchange for 5 hours work, 5 days a week. I am flexible on work arrangements and happy for you to work 5 hours a day or, do longer days and take more days off where that works for us all. Usually Monday to Friday would be work days, but again flexible to suit what works for you too and fits with what work needs doing.
Being able to speak good English is essential so that you can understand my daughter and son and they can understand you. Please only apply if your English is good enough to be easily understood. Calm and easy going with a can do attitude works better for us and good spoken English and communication skills are essentail. Please read ALL our profile and email us in English.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are very experienced hosts and have had many people staying over the years. We value workaway not just as essential help, but also for the enrichment of sharing different cultures and having different energy in our house. I have met some amazing people over the past 5 years and some are life long friends now. Workaway is like traveling without leaving your own house because you can meet different people and share experiences together, which is great for you, us and the children.
I have got workawayers gigs and signposted them to other amazing opportunities as I am very well networked and have great contacts. I have helped volunteers in many ways and what you give out you will get back in karma - we are all connected.
Other workawayers have learnt vegetarian cookery skills, building skills, artistic opportunities, how to use power tools, shadowed me in my work and attend festivals and gigs on my guest list.
DIY skills, painting cleaning and house work, childcare (if you have the skills and attributes) marketing and publicity, design and/or graphic design, practical skills like chopping wood, painting walls and external house, admin, setting up businesses systems, organising space, sewing, dog grooming, artist/ muralist, building, woodworker, computer skills are all great and that we need help with. Tell me what your good at and enjoy doing as working to your strengths is a good starting place - there will be cleaning every time as we like to keep on top of the house work.
We currently want to do our caravan up and need help to do that so accommodation is in my lovely office In The garden. Is has a bed, desk and toilet - we do use it about 5 hours a week for Maya’s tutor, my 1:1 drum lessons and sometime to work in. All you would need to do is keep it tidy so hope thats ok. As soon as the caravan is painted and sorted that will be your Accomadition which is all yours.
We don't have the Wi-fi on all the time in the house due to health reasons and I don’t want my children on it loads. We turn it off when finished with it so if your big into games and internet (downloading films etc.) and want it on 24/7 we are not the host for you.
One workawayer only and someone who is self sufficient and can get out and about at the weekends. Someone who is organised, has initiative, is chilled out, gets stuck in and is understanding and kind with children.
Frome is a vibrant town with loads to do, markets, live music, groups, art galleries, thriving independent shops in walking distance. It is easy to make friends and other workawyers as lots of people are part of the Workaway culture! Do be warned Frome can suck you in and make it hard to leave!!
4 weeks minimum stay is ideal and if it works for you and us then we can extend it to longer.
No smoking please in the house or caravan but happy for you to smoke outside as long as you dont leave the ends all over the garden - thanks and happy travels.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days