For July-mid September 2022
IMPORTANT: If you are not a UK national (or don't have residency status) and do not have a valid Frontier Worker permit, or Tier 5 visa (qualifying countries only) then I am REALLY sorry but it is unlikely that we will be able to host you. Brexit has screwed us, and you.
We are looking for someone (M/F/other) to provide support & companionship to our disabled student son whilst he is at home during university summer vacation.
We (mum, dad and disabled 24 year old son) live at the south end of the English lake district in a small market town with good public transport links. We have an older son who currently lives in Leeds.
We don't quite have views of the lakes and mountains but we don't have to drive far for great views, walks and countryside. Our house is quite spacious and we can provide a bedroom and private shower room and use of a car by arrangement. We don't smoke, have no pets and are not veggie/vegan. Dad is part time potter and mum is a keen cook/baker/breadmaker. Son spends a lot of time on computer and will be working on Uni degree (maths) online. Otherwise he is into music, cooking, films and travel (which is quite restricted due to his need for wheelchair access etc) We have a small garden and try to grow things to eat if possible! Our first language is English and mum speaks some French. Mum is Scottish, dad is half English/Polish born in the UK. We enjoy the outdoors, travel and good food.
Also, as you will be helping with a vulnerable adult then we may have to get a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check done for you. This is a requirement of the statutory funding paying for our son's support.
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We live in a beautiful part of North West England and it is only about 30 minutes by car to some of the highest mountains in the country and so there is lots of nature to explore. Son has an all terrain wheelchair and a wheelchair accessible car (not driven by him) and so it is possible to go on some great walks. It may also be possible for you to borrow our car, subject to insurance, licence etc. We have a lot of books covering all sorts of subjects and we have a couple of bikes (M & F) which you would be able to borrow.
We eat round the table and talk, about lots of things! Politically well left of centre and non-religious, though this town is famous for its association with the Quaker movement and is home to Swarthmoor Hall, one of the oldest meeting houses in the country. We also have a world famous kadampa buddhist meditation temple/centre about 2 miles away. There are a number of Christian based churches in the town but as far as i know no mosque or synagogue, though there are both Muslim and small jewish communities in the area.
We are all, in different ways, quite involved with disability issues (mainly around cerebral palsy, alternative methods of communication, and access to education) and so there is also an opportunity to learn more about disability awareness
and disability culture/politics/provision.
I am more than happy to teach some cooking/baking/bread-making and also knitting (very basic!)
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There is no category for "supporting/companionship for disabled person" but that is mainly what we need. Our son is 24 and has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and a communication aid (cos he cannot speak). He cannot feed himself or do any personal care and so we need someone who is willing and able to help him with all this...and to basically be a friendly companion and have some fun! You need to have good English, spoken and written and no ongoing back problems as there is some physical moving and handling required (no lifting). You must be able to prepare and feed meals containing meat and dairy and you would be responsible for things like keeping son's room clean and changing bed linen etc (the things he physically cannot do himself) and some washing up!
No previous or special experience necessary just the right attitude and a willingness to learn new things and meet new people. All necessary training will be provided and I have full employers liability insurance.
Our previous workawayer had no previous similar experience but fitted right in and ended up staying for quite a long time!
The UK currently now has almost no COVID restrictions and we have all now had 3 vaccine doses but we are still being very careful with regard to Covid exposure as our son is more clinically vulnerable, and so you may still be asked to comply with social distancing steps such as mask wearing on public transport etc.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
Having had a workawayer from Portugal I am now trying to learn some Portuguese, but am interested in all languages really!
Large airy double bedroom on the first floor with its own adjacent shower room and w/c. There is a TV/DVD player, and wifi throughout the house. It will have some of our son's uni staff stacked in the corner but there is still plenty of space. We'll supply all bedding, towels & soap, plus the use of the vacuum, loo cleaner etc.
You would be responsible for cleaning your own room and shower room, as well as keeping communal areas reasonably tidy. We have a dishwasher and a washing machine & tumble drier which you can use.
You will eat with us as part of the family and all food will be provided. Meals are home cooked from scratch.
NB unfortunately because we already have to accommodate our son's dietary requirements we will not be able to cater for gluten free/dairy free/vegan diets. There will be eggs and nuts/sesame in the house but it may be possible to keep them out of meals if necessary. Vegetarian diet may be possible, but meat and fish will be on the menu and the helper would have to be comfortable handling these and feeding them to our son.
We had a long term workawayer (M) from Oct '20 til June '21 and it was a great experience and worked very well for us all. We have had live in helpers (short term) before, as well as people coming in daily from the local area, and so we are used to having others in the house. While you are here you can basically treat it as home and when you are having time off you will still be welcome to eat with us, or elsewhere if you prefer.
We may ask you to restrict use of public transport in light of covid but will try and help you get out and about to see the local area when at all possible.
One thing, that may sound a bit odd, we would request that you don't spray/use any strongly scented aftershave/deodourant/perfume as we seem to be a rather "smell sensitive" family! The same goes for scented candles or joss sticks in your room. Thanks very much.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
We have reasonable wifi and your room has a desk and chair.
Varied throughout the day, 6 days a week. Not overnight unless by prior arrangement. Not full on 24/7!