Family farm looking for help with animals and daughter who has Down's Syndrome. Buckinghamshire, UK


United Kingdom

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    November 2021 - update:
    We'd love to host someone who has a campervan for a few weeks. Our daughter is having a major operation and we'll need some help with the horses, sheep & walking dogs, but want to keep the house fairly 'quiet' so she can recover. You will be very welcome into our family, eat, shower etc and spend quiet time inside, it just gives us a bit more space and peace. If you are happy to read with our daughter and play a few games, then that would be really helpful. We also have some gardening projects to do if the weather is nice,.


    We live on a small farm with our lovely dog, 2 horses & 20 sheep. We have hosted workaways, students, au pairs and helpers over the last 7 years and have made fantastic friendships. Our children are 15 and 12 years old, and will welcome you into the family and help keep you entertained.

    We appreciate all types of help - playing with our daughter, caring for the horses and looking after their stables, helping clean or cook in the house, taking care of the fields and fencing, helping with the sheep, looking after the garden ... you can tell me which bits you enjoy doing.

    Our youngest daughter (age 12) has Down's Syndrome and lights up the hearts of everyone that knows her. In order for her to enjoy life to the max, we love to have an extra pair of hands to help out. It might be playing with her and helping her to join in games with her friends, or helping in other ways. One of her loves is the animals and she adores riding her pony after school. It takes two people to make this happen! She had cancer when she was 2, which resulted in long lasting brain damage and epilepsy and she is now in a wheelchair.
    It is important that you are happy helping her play and helping us care for her. If you have experience with or a desire to work with children who have additional needs, that would be amazing.

    My husband works for a Spanish company in Oxford and often visits Madrid. We are both liberal and open minded people who are well travelled. I work locally two days a week and spend as much time as possible with the family.

    We live near a small village, with a pub, church, shop, school and playing fields. it can be quiet in our area, but you can take a bus into the city and walk to the local shop/cafe. If you have good experience, you are welcome to ride one of the horses.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are experienced in teaching English and would love to help you improve and pass exams.
    You can learn about ponies, sheep & helping disabled children.
    You can enjoy country life, fresh air, relaxation and walking.
    We travel in the UK regularly and can take you to visit local places.
    Our children enjoy finding out about new places and cultures too.
    You can chose to live as part of our family and join in on our activities or be more private. Our family like to have some private time each day, which is usually after the evening meal.

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  • Help


    We welcome you into our home - to help add joy and laughter to our small family and help keep me (mum) sane!

    Playing with the children and helping our daughter who is in a wheelchair play in the garden, with her pony and in the house.
    Helping our daughter with her physiotherapy exercises and learning through play.

    Help with animals - cleaning the horses and stables.
    Riding the horse if you are experienced.
    Walking our lovely dogs.
    Feeding and helping with the sheep.

    There are ongoing projects that we have going on and option of assisting with these if you want to.
    Gardening. Help in the vegetable garden, cutting hedges, weeding. We also want to do some landscaping in an area of the garden to have a wheelchair accessible area.
    Building maintenance - painting windows and doors. Fencing on the farm.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Double room with shared shower room. wifi & TV

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our village is small and quiet, so do not expect to have lots of local entertainment. There is a lovely pub, a church and a school. 4 miles away is the small town of Winslow, which has a market, shops and restaurants. We are 7 miles from the City of Milton Keynes (takes 45 min to cylce to on a track). It is a modern city with lots and lots of shops, a museum, English Colleges, University, a theatre and Xscape (indoor skiing, sky diving and theatre) and parks. Milton Keynes has excellent transport links by bus and train to the rest of the UK.

    We have a bicycle for you to use and encourage our guests to explore the local area whenever possible. There are good bicycle routes nearby.

    We are very flexible with time off and if you want to see the cities - you can visit London (35 min on train), Oxford (40 min on bus). We do not have a spare car. I am happy for volunteers to have consecutive free days to travel further afield.

    My husband and I both enjoy cooking. We have our own lamb and swap meat with other local small holders. We are also happy to cook vegetarian meals and taste your recipes too, but if you like to cook, that is great.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    private spot to park campervan

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week,

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