We are Mary and Paul, both 41 years old. We are both fully vaccinated, and take covid tets at home a couple of times a week. We are quite careful about covid and would expect anyone who lived with us to respect that and be careful as well. We have 4 children - Frank (10), Florence (8) and William (6), and Max (2). We also have a small lovely dog called Coco.
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.
I am a lawyer and work 2-3 days week, sometimes from home and sometimes from court. 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. I took up sewing during lockdown and like to make clothes for family and friends. I also started chilly dipping in the sea at a local beach and try to go for a dip at least once every couple of weeks.
Paul is a self-employed architect and works part-time, usually from home. He likes listening to music and he likes to play guitar although he doesn't play much anymore as he doesn't have time! He loves to potter about doing jobs in the garden.
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.
We welcome workawayers from all walks or life, all backgrounds, and all lifestyles. If you have any physical or mental health issues, or any learning difficulties, please let us know, sot we can work out in advance if there are any things we can do that would help, or ways we need to adapt to make your stay work.
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! We tend to just slob out in front of the TV.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around 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 allow people the flexibility to be as involved with us as a family as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Some of our previous workawayers would hang out with us a lot, eat with us, play with the kids, chat around the table; and some were more introverted so preferred to spend their free time working on their own projects, or out and about in the city. Both, and anything in between, are welcome here.
The main thing you are likely to learn form us is what life as a busy family with lots of children is like! But in addition both Paul and I (and the kids) are intelligent and well-educated so have a varied knowledge base.
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.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for someone who can help out with childcare and daily life. 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 hanging out with and playing with the kids while we are working in another room, or helping with some housework.
There may also be some occasional 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 (and are any good at it!) 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.
Private single bedroom and shared bathroom.
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. As the kitchen is in the living room, we ask you not to cook after about 6pm though, as this interferes with our relaxing family time.
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
Can host families
We have very good wifi - up to 200mbps.
Large driveway with sufficient space for campervan/motorhome.
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week