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We have availability from 8th February 2020. Minimum 1 month stay, but longer preferred.
We are would like to welcome you to our home in exchange for some help around the house with cleaning, tidying and general housekeeping. Please tell us about your experience in your message to us.
You will not be required to help with childcare but it is essential that you enjoy the company of children and are kind and patient with them.
We are Mary and Paul, both 39 years old. We have 4 children - Frank (9), Florence (7) and William (5), and Max (7 months). We also have a lovely dog called Coco. As we have a baby in the house we are both quite tired, so all help is deeply appreciated!
I am a lawyer but am now on maternity leave. Paul is an architect and works from home. We also have an au pair living with us who helps us look after the children.
We live in a large 6 bedroom house in Orrell Park which is a suburb of Liverpool. We have a large garden and good wifi. We are very close to the train station and it takes 10 minutes by train to Liverpool city centre.
Liverpool is a wonderful, beautiful and friendly city. There are lots of museums, art galleries and interesting buildings, and also many restaurants, bars and cafes. There are 3 universities and several college and language schools which offer language courses if you want to do an English class.
My job is as a criminal lawyer. I also teach a belly dance class once a week, and help in the management of a local charity shop. I studied Spanish and Arabic at university before law. My Spanish is very good but I have forgotten all of the Arabic! I love spending time with my 4 beautiful children, and finding exciting ways to play with them and make them feel loved and happy.
Paul is a self-employed architect and works from home most of the time, but he also teaches at the university 2 days a week. He likes listening to music and he likes to play guitar although he doesn't play much anymore as he doesn't have time!
We don't smoke, and do not accept smokers.
We eat meat, but are happy to accept vegetarians or vegans so long as you make your own meals. If you have any allergies or unusual eating habits, please let us know in your message.
Our life consists of busy noisy days, and quiet subdued evenings, as we are always very tired after the children have gone to bed. Don't expect a lot of interesting conversation in the evening!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are a busy, noisy household in the daytime, and quiet and relaxed in the evening (when the children are in bed). We often have lots of different people visiting. We can offer a friendly, laid-back home, space to socialise or be alone as you wish, and a base to explore our wonderful city.
We are looking for someone who can help out a bit with some daily housework, but it is important that you enjoy being around children as well. The kids love having people in the house so if you are friendly with them they will love to play with you.
Daily tasks would be things like doing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen and living room, emptying bins and hanging washing. Weekly tasks would be things like vacuuming the bedrooms, cleaning the bathrooms, mopping downstairs floors etc.
There will also be some occasional one-off bigger tasks, like cleaning the fridge, cleaning the car, etc.
Overall, it will be an average of about 4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week, but with flexibility.
If you enjoy cooking then making an evening meal a few times a week would be great but is not essential.
Being able to do some DIY around the house, or some gardening would be useful but again is not essential.
If you have any other skills that you think might be useful then let us know. We are open to suggestions.
Double bedroom. May occasionally be asked to sleep on a sofa bed, if the spare room is needed for family who are visiting.
All food is provided. You would normally help yourself to breakfast and lunch. Most days we cook an evening meal which you are very welcome to join, or you can make your own if you prefer.
There are plenty of free museums and galleries in Liverpool, 2 cathedrals, 2 football stadia, a red squirrel reserve, and a beautiful coastline.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week