Help needed in our visitor and crafting centre on the beautiful island of Stronsay, an Orkney outer Isle


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    We live on the beautiful island of Stronsay, Orkney’s island of bays. We converted an old chapel into a visitor centre and crafting venue and opened in June 2015. We offer craft workshops and crafting holidays throughout the summer season. We need help to produce embellishments and toppers for scrapbooking and decoupage for the shop and on line sales. . You will need to be quite dexterous for the crafting which will include lots of small items. Training will be given in all techniques for card making, wall hangings, pictures and upcycling to name a few, though an eye for colour combinations will be an advantage. Anyone who loves knitting, yarn projects or art and design will fit in really well. I also love to discover new ideas and crafts from other countries.

    We have a small cafe where we need help with clearing away, general cleaning and chatting to customers.

    In 2018: we need help with landscaping and general gardening. We have to clear the land around the old chapel, plant grass and build a patio. To help with this, it would be best if you have some experience of this type of work. The windows of the Chapel need painting and has to be done every year. When the weather is good, we all help out with the painting.

    Usually, we like to eat breakfast and dinner all together. Help with meal preparation at home is welcome.

    You must love cats as we have three. We have hens and chicks, so lots of fresh free range eggs!

    I am also looking for someone who loves to eBay. We have lots of clothes which need to be photographed, described, posted onto eBay and then sent to purchaser. Excellent English required for this particular job.

    The centre is closed from Just before Christmas to the end of March.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Orkney is proud of its history and you will find local people can tell you all about their families going back several generations. If you play an instrument you can join our island band for practise and learn some traditional songs.

    If there are any weddings parties or dances on during your stay, you will be invited. Most events are held in our community centre.

  • Help


    experience in customer service is helpful. People here are very friendly, they expect to be able to pop in and chat to the latest Workaway.

    Some IT/ photography are additional but useful skills as we always need to refresh the website and social media.

    In the craft room, I will train you in any crafts you are interested in and you can make items for the shop. There is always tidying up and reorganising to do

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, we do have residents who speak Swedish, German, French and Russian

  • Accommodation


    large upstairs room with sitting area, Tv and sea view. Bathroom downstairs. Usually I only have one Workaway but if I have two this room can be set up with two single beds and two sitting areas

    smoking not allowed in the house

    Three cats will visit you and expect attention !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can visit the world famous Neolithic Orkney on Mainland Orkney by ferry or plane. You can borrow bicycles for sightseeing. You can catch the little plane from Stronsay and visit other small islands including a flight from Westray to Papa Westray which is the shortest scheduled flight in the world. You get a certificate on the flight and a day on Papa is a lovely trip. All flights from Stronsay are discounted to approx £20 return. So well worth it. To/from Mainland takes between 90 and 120 minutes by ferry and about 10 minutes by plane. Reaching Orkney can take time so we suggest you plan your visit to last for no less than two weeks though most of our workawayers stay for a minimum of a month. Most fly into a Scottish airport and then either get a connecting flight to Kirkwall or travel by bus and ferry to Mainland Orkney. To get to Stronsay, you need to catch a ferry from Mainland, which goes twice a day. We meet you at the pier in Stronsay. It sounds complicated but it works well and all our Workaways have arrived safely and have enjoyed the travel through Scotland.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)

The beach at the bottom of our garden
Aerial view of the harbour at Whitehall village, Stronsay

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