Help in House and garden, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK


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    PLEASE NOTE: I am only able to take ONE Workawayer at a time, usually for 7-10days only, as there is not enough work for longer placements. Please do not ask me to host you for 'a month or two ', because I am not able to!

    PLEASE take the time to read my profile completely and also check my calendar tab before emailing me; both are updated regularly, but unfortunately many volunteers waste their time and mine by not doing so !

    HELP needed for 2019 as shown on my Calendar tab.
    Please note; we are moving house ( very locally) in April and will continue to host Workawayers with the same requirements as before, we'll be developing a whole new garden with fruit, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and flowers.

    Applicants should be practical, flexible, independent and preferably with some knowledge of basic gardening .
    Since a serious road accident left me disabled 13 years ago, I have found it more difficult to keep up with the day to day work in our home and garden. We grow a lot of our own vegetables organically and also have a fruit garden and flower borders. We keep a few chickens and have a friendly terrier bitch called Spice.

    My husband works full time locally and I still attend physical rehabilitation activities several mornings a week, so helpers need to feel happy if left alone in a rural situation for several hours and must be able to work on their own initiative for some of the time. I mostly require help in the garden and with some jobs around the house, I especially welcome those with an interest in gardening and I am happy to teach them more! You are unlikely to be asked to do any thing that I have not previously done myself, but should be physically fit and active and not afraid of physical work on occasion- for example, digging part of the garden or emptying a compost bin.

    We have been hosts of exchanges for 32 years and so are used to welcoming people from other cultures into our home, we also make baskets and have a number of other craft and rural skills that we are happy to share with helpers.

    We hope that Workawayers will 'live as family' and share meal preparation or washing up in addition to their volunteer hours in the house or garden.We eat a lot of vegetarian meals using our home grown produce, but also eat meat ( usually wild or organic) ; I am happy to cater for special dietary needs if given adequate notice.

    We usually go to bed around 10pm and are fairly early risers, so prefer helpers who can 'get up and get going' before 9am on the days that they are working!

    Due to poor local public transport we are willing to collect helpers from our nearest train station (Haywards Heath or Horsham) or bus stop by prior arrangement.

    This is a beautiful area of the High Weald to explore in your free time, there are good woodland walks and cycle routes - we can loan volunteers a local map to help them explore the area.

    Please be aware that local public transport is poor and the nearest shops are 6km; nearest town and station (Haywards Heath or Horsham ) is 10-12 km, though we usually go into town at least once a week.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have hosted exchanges for 32 years and are happy to help with English conversation or teach volunteers new practical skills, eg taking cuttings of plants, making plant supports, making preserves etc.

  • Help


    Varied help required according to the season; planting , pruning , fruit picking, watering and weeding in the garden; occasional fencing or maintenance work on sheds etc.. Anything from preserving to painting, furniture renovation or cleaning in the house!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a little German and Spanish

  • Accommodation


    helpers will be accommodated in the spare room of our new home with use of household facilities 'as family'. We ask that helpers are considerate in keeping any noise to a minimum after 10pm as Pete has to get up early to work and likes to go to bed early.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    PLEASE NOTE: We are in a rural situation 5km from the nearest shop or bus stop, 10- 12 km from the nearest town and railway station ( Haywards Heath or Horsham ) there is no regular bus service from our nearest village, but we can take volunteers to the bus service in a village 5km away for travel on their days off. I am happy to meet and collect helpers from train or bus by prior arrangement. It is a beautiful area for walking and we are able to loan a local map for helpers wishing to explore
    Mobile phone reception can be unreliable or erratic, dependant on the network used.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours daily, 5 days a week. Flexible regarding time off.

Host ref number: 777876652237