Islander crafter looking for general help on Stronsay, Orkney, Scotland


United Kingdom

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    We live on the beautiful island of Stronsay, Orkney’s island of bays. I am an avid crafter and have a beautiful old chapel to work in. I enjoy company while making fibre yarn, cross stitch, greeting cards, knitting, die cuts etc. I am always experimenting with new techniques. Anyone who loves craft projects and art and design will fit in really well. I also love to discover new ideas and crafts from other countries.

    In 2022 we need help with landscaping and general gardening. We have to clear the land around the old chapel, plant grass and build a patio. There is a vegetable plot to look after at the house. The Chapel need painting as does the inside of our house. I prefer people who have experience of painting and gardening. If you like cooking, help with preparing our meals together is welcome.

    I am also looking for someone who loves to eBay. We have lots of clothes which need to be photographed, described, posted onto eBay and then sent to purchaser. Excellent English required for this particular work. So if you think you can help with any of these jobs, just get in touch.

    There will be plenty of opportunities to visit other small islands by 8 seater plane and of course Mainland Orkney is world famous for its Neolithic sites. The ferry between Stronsay and Mainland Orkney takes about 2 hours.

    You must love cats, we have two and 22 hens, so lots of fresh free range eggs!

    Due to Covid, I politely ask that you have been vaccinated and that you do lateral flow tests, for three days before arrival. This is for reassurance for our small community. If you were to test positive on the journey here, we have completely separate accommodation where you can self isolate safely.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Orkney is proud of its history and you will find local people can tell you all about their families going back several generations.

    If there are any parties or dances during your stay, you will be invited. Most events are held in our community centre but we also have a hotel and cafe where you can meet people. You will be made very welcome by our community.

    All the Orkney islands are rich in history. I can help organise visits for Workaways to other small islands for anyone who is interested in Neolithic or Nordic history and who loves the countryside and ocean, seals, puffins, migrating birds etc

    I swim in the sea all year with a group of friends and you would be welcome to join us.

  • Help


    Experience with painting and decorating is essential if helping out with these tasks

    IT/ photography are needed skills for Ebay.

    Mostly I look for friendly happy people who will join in with island life, who love the outdoors, enjoy walking and meeting locals for the occasional drink or two in the island hotel.

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    English: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    large upstairs room with sitting area, Tv and sea view. Bathroom downstairs. Usually I only have one Workaway but if I have two this room can be set up with two single beds and two sitting areas

    smoking not allowed in the house

    Three cats will visit you and expect attention !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can visit the world famous Neolithic Orkney on Mainland Orkney by ferry or plane. You can borrow bicycles for sightseeing. You can catch the little plane from Stronsay and visit other small islands including a flight from Westray to Papa Westray which is the shortest scheduled flight in the world. You get a certificate on the flight and a day on Papa is a lovely trip. All flights from Stronsay are discounted to approx £20 return. So well worth it. To/from Mainland takes between 90 and 120 minutes by ferry and about 10 minutes by plane. Reaching Orkney can take time so we suggest you plan your visit to last for no less than three weeks though most of our workawayers stay for a minimum of a month. Most fly into a Scottish airport and then either get a connecting flight to Kirkwall or travel by bus and ferry to Mainland Orkney. To get to Stronsay, you need to catch a ferry from Mainland, which goes twice a day. We meet you at the pier in Stronsay. It sounds complicated but it works well and all our Workaways have arrived safely and have enjoyed the travel through Scotland. I am happy to help with planning your journey here.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)

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