We are a venue for outdoor activities, including paintball, archery, orienteering, raftbuilding, assault course and lots more. We also host weddings (17 booked in 2018), so we are pretty varied and there is always something going on. We are currently getting a bit of building work done, and extending our space, sheds, and creating a camping area. We have a small vegetable garden, and extensive lawns, woodland etc. The house is quite big, and old, and workaways are put up in a comfortable room in the attic with its own shower room. We have two very friendly dogs who love meeting new people too, especially when they feed them! We offer a separate sitting/ tv room for volunteers, and I think our catering is pretty good!
Help in the house
We are constantly receiving groups of all ages, whether it is a children's activity party, or a church group, or a big wedding, there is plenty of opportunity to meet people. We do a lot of teambuilding which can include skills development - management, communication etc, so it is interesting to see this process. We encourage our resident help to go out and see the country, do tours, and visit the beautiful coast here. We are interested in local (and national) politics, so there can be some lively discussion. I speak French and Spanish so can help with translating.
Building is currently underway, and would include stone-wall building, fencing, joinery (basic), etc. I have lots of ideas for improvements in the garden, but often no time to actually carry them out, so any kind of help would be appreciated. The vegetables regularly need some weeding or other attention, but the area is small. Picking blackcurrants and gooseberries (5 bushes in total) is a gentle way of spending a day. Some cleaning in the house on a wet day would be appreciated, and we plan to decorate the kitchen as soon as we have a moment (or help!) Other painting also required for railings, new woodwork etc. We are moving the hen house and run to a new location and then redeveloping the current area into a sitting out area for guests to the venue.
Room with up to 4 beds (though normally we only have 2 occupied) in the attic (with two rooflight windows) and own shower room. The house is comfortable and workaways would live with us as part of the family and eat meals with us (and occasionally even cook them!) We are happy to have vegetarians, but vegans are more of a problem as we eat quite a lot of eggs (we have hens) and cheese. We have 2 dogs and a cat living in the house.
We are very happy to take workaways to buses locally, and are only 30 minutes from Belfast, where they can get a tour bus to the north coast, or do a Game of Thrones tour. We have 3 bikes that can be borrowed to use locally, or take on a bus or train to the coast for overnight stays. We expect a bit of help in the house as we would with our own kids (who have all left home) like washing up, a bit of cleaning etc. We eat around 8.30 in the evening but there are always snacks available if they are hungry earlier. We often play card games with our workers in the evening, and include them in activities as much as possible. We have a room with a tv for the workers to watch their own programmes (netflix etc available!) and it also has a piano and drum kit, and guitars, if they are musical. We don't get up too early, and try to have breakfast around 8.30/8.45, lunch at about 1.00 and finish work around 5.30.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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