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Before applying for the role, please be aware of a few things
We ask a minimum commitment of 6M for our placements
Please check our next available space below to see your suitability
Our next available spaces are
Farm community from February 8th 2023 (1 space) April 1st 2023 (2 spaces.)
City community from June 2023 (3 spaces)
We have some great opportunities to Workaway as a peer mentor with tackling the causes and consequences of homelessness . We have an openings in our farm community and the city community. Workawayers should be aged 18-30 to ensure they are similar age to the young people we support. Please note that we ask a minimum commitment of ideally 6 months (a bit less could be discussed for specific reasons) and offer placements up to 9 months for the communities. We are looking for Workawayers who have the right to work in the UK (UK/Ireland/BNO or EU with settled/pre-settled status). Current we may not be able to accommodate you if you require a visa, however please get in touch as we may have more spaces for visa applicants in the coming year.
The communities house up to 14 residents and 14 Workawayers in several locations. The residents can come from a range of different backgrounds such as family relationship breakdowns and drug and alcohol issues. The residents of the communities also have varying support needs such as Autism, learning difficulties and mental health support. This may be challenging for some Workawayers so we provide Training and weekly support from staff to help you with this. We do not expect you to be able fully support the residents or take on the role of paid staff we are looking for Workawayers who live alongside them and help create a supportive and safe environment.
The Workawayering role is to:
Our next placements starting dates are next year. our next available start dates are
-Live alongside other young people and create a fun, secure and stimulating community.
-Work with residents to develop independent living skills and the confidence to move forward in life.
-Supporting residents to take part in activities and placements.
Our two locations are the Farm and city communities each with their own benefits.
The Farm: located in a semi-rural location, 10 miles from Edinburgh City Centre. The site is shared with our social enterprise organic farm, giving residents and Workawayers the opportunity to be involved with the work there as well as community life. This is a great location for outdoor activities. approx 37hrs per week.
The City: located in Leith, about 2 miles from Edinburgh City Centre. There are lots of activities and amenities close-by with the benefits of city living. Approx 37hrs per week.
The Workawayers are provided with accommodation and food costs, and a weekly subsistence allowance.
If you would like to apply or ask any any further information regarding what we do please get in touch.
Thanks and i hope to see your message!
Kieran & Lucia
Prática de idiomas
Ajuda em projetos ambientais
Companhia para idosos
Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
Ajuda em fazenda
Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
Ajuda a cuidar da casa
All food and accommodation costs are met by the communities and Workawayers receive weekly subsistence allowance along with a contribution to costs of travelling to the placement. Workawayers have 10 days holiday for every 3 months they stay with us, which many use to explore Scotland or travel further through the UK.
Training is offered monthly, on topics relevant to life in the communities, with the opportunity to access other training within the organisation and externally.
The experience can be used as part of university course placement or to gain practical knowledge and skills within a social care setting. There is the opportunity to learn about social work, youth work and community education. Many previous Workawayers go on to careers in those fields.
Support is a significant part of the Workawayers experience with regular supervision sessions and peer support to ensure that Workawayers are confident in their roles and any issues are quickly resolved.
This host is a registered charity in the UK and is looking for help with their charity project.
Residential Peer Mentors live alongside the residents, and together with staff are closely involved in the running of the communities and the activities they undertake. As peer mentors, the role of Workawayers is to live alongside residents and offer support and encouragement in daily tasks and activities. Workawayers model behavior to residents in sharing chores, responsibilities and decision making with a focus on empowering the residents to gain skills and confidence in their abilities.
There is also scope for Workawayers with specific interests to share those with residents and other Workawayers.
We welcome Workawayers from across the world and find that multicultural Workawayers backgrounds bring many benefits to life in the communities. Please note that those from outwith the UK may require a Tier 5 charity worker visa to Workaway with us.
Communities also have staff members who have a distinct role from Workawayers. Staff members offer a structured system of support and keywork, helping residents to engage with other services.
We are looking for Workawayers who are approachable, positive, enthusiastic and willing to get involved. It is important that Workawayers have a good level of written and spoken English as communication is key to this role. Workawayers must also be able to maintain set boundaries and maintain confidentiality while living with vulnerable adults.
Workawayers are on-shift for up to 37hrs a week, mostly in evenings and at weekends, with regular day shifts to attend meetings and supervision. Much of the time on shift is simply being available to residents, and a daytime shift could easily be spent simply being in or around the house, cooking, playing games with Workawayers or residents, helping at the farm etc. depending on the interests of the Workawayer. During the day, while staff are on site, there is often the opportunity to do activities outside the house, with or without residents, even while on shift.
Workawayers have their own bedroom at the Farm Community and share with another Workawayer at the City Community. Bathrooms, kitchens, diningrooms, livingrooms and laundry facilities are shared between Workawayers and residents.
MAKING THE MOST OF BEING IN EDINBURGH
Fortunately most of the activities below are again available after COVID times!
Edinburgh, Auld Reekie, the Athens of the North. Whatever name you call it, the capital of Scotland is a great place to be.
To help you make the most of your time here, we’ve put together this handy guide of free or low-cost things to do and see on a Workawayers budget. Some are one-offs that it’s great to do if you have a bit of free time, and some are suggestions as to how you might like to engage in regular hobbies or interests in the Edinburgh community. We’ve often found that the Workawayers who get the most out of their time with us are those who develop a life for themselves outside of our community, whether that be through joining a sports team, taking an art class or listening to live music.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
National Gallery of Scotland – Free (Special Exhibitions may have a cost)
Open daily 10am-5pm,
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Free (Special exhibitions may have a cost)
Open daily 10am-5pm,
1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, UK
Scottish Gallery of Modern Art – Free (Special Exhibitions may have a cost)
Open daily 10am-5pm,
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
The Fruitmarket Gallery – Free
Open daily, Café and bookshop 10am-6pm Gallery spaces 11am-6pm
45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
National Museum of Scotland – Free
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Edinburgh Writers’ Museum – Free
Stair’s Close, Edinburgh, EH1 2PA
Museum of Childhood – Free (Only galleries 1-3 are accessible)
High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG
Museum of Edinburgh - Free
Open Mon – Sun 10am- 5pm ( Last entry 4.15pm)
Huntly House, 142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD
The People’s Story Museum – Free (Only ground and first floor are accessible)
Tolbooth, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN
SIGHTS TO SEE
Arthurs Seat and Holyrood Park
The extinct volcano and surrounding parkland which dominate Edinburgh’s skyline are a must-see. Holyrood Park is also referred to as the Queen’s Park due to its Royal status – you can spot little crowns on top of the street lamps at the entrances to the park.
Bobby was a Skye Terrier Dog who lived in the late 1800s who, legend has it, spent 14 years guarding the grave of his former owner John Gray. His loyalty has been commemorated in a statue on George IV Bridge where many people like to rub his nose. However, Edinburgh council is trying to discourage this practice as it’s wearing down the statue, meaning Bobby might soon be nose-less!
Calton Hill provides wonderful views over Edinburgh and allows you to see the National Monument of Scotland, which was started in the 1820s after the Napoleonic Wars and never finished, up close. Also on Calton Hill is the Nelson Monument and the Dugald Stewart Monument – both impressive parts of Edinburgh’s skyline.
Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street Gardens used to be underwater until the 1760s when Edinburgh Town Council drained the sewage filled Nor Loch to make way for the railway line. These days, the Princes Street Gardens are a lovely place to relax in the sunshine with great views up to Edinburgh Castle. For a small fee you can climb the Scott Monument in the gardens or go and tell the time from the Floral Clock.
On a sunny day it’s lovely to wander along Portobello beach front, called ‘The Promenade’. Once a thriving tourist destination, Portobello now boasts a quiet retreat from the noise of Edinburgh city centre. If you have a leisure card, the Portobello swim centre still offers Turkish baths and once counted Sean Connery (the first James Bond) amongst their life guards!
St Giles Cathedral
This Church of Scotland cathedral has steadily expanded over the years, making it an architectural masterpiece that shouldn’t be missed.
The Royal Mile is comprised of several streets which all run into each other creating a road which is one Scots Mile long. It is rich with history with the city’s St Giles Cathedral, John Knox house and endless cobbled closes (or “wynds”) that turn off from the main street.
The Grassmarket, as its name suggests, was once a thriving marketplace where horses (and their hay or grass) were bought and sold. It was also the site of public executions when the death penalty was still in place. It’s now a thriving spot with cafes, pubs and lovely shops up the colourful Victoria Street.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The second oldest Botanic Gardens in the UK after Oxford, the Royal Edinburgh Botanic Gardens boasts lots of plants and a stunning glasshouse (which does cost a small fee to get into but the rest of the Gardens are free)
Dunbars Close Garden
Although this little garden is just off the Royal Mile it deserves a mention of its own. It’s a little known secret but highly recommended.
Waters of Leith Walkway
The full Waters of Leith Walkway is just under 20km and runs from Leith all the way up to Balerno but you can start and stop at any point. The walkway actually finishes very close to the City Community and provides a lovely stroll along the waterway through some beautiful parts of Edinburgh.
Dean Village is one particularly attractive feature on the Leith Walkway and really requires a visit of its own. Once home to Edinburgh’s mills, Dean Village now provides a tranquil oasis of calm despite being in the middle of the city.
Duddingston is absolutely unmissable. Believed to be one of the oldest settlements around Arthur’s Seat, it now boasts quaint cobbled streets and houses and looks out over a bird sanctuary on Duddingston Loch. Make sure to visit Dr. Neil’s garden whilst you’re there – it’s a bit tricky to find but definitely worth it.
There’s no better place to watch a sunset than Blackford Hill. With beautiful views over Edinburgh and the impressive Royal Observatory building it’s a gorgeous spot on a sunny evening.
FREE SHOWS, MUSIC AND DANCING
Some of the best shows, music and dancing that you can access for free all year round:
Live music and reasonably priced drinks. Always a great atmosphere.
The Stand Comedy Club: “Who’s Lunch Is It Anyway?”
Sunday lunchtime free comedy show. Guaranteed to raise a laugh.
Cabaret Voltaire: Live at the Cafe
Free live DJ set every Monday. Bar opens at 5pm, DJ sets from 10pm – 3am. Drinks from £2.50
Grassmarket Community Project
Free monthly film screenings and other events
Want to learn a little more about Edinburgh and our history? There are several free or low cost tours you can take.
Edinburgh Free Walking Tour
This free walking tour runs every day of the year from 1pm to 3pm. Meeting on the Royal Mile, the tour covers all the main sights of Edinburgh as well as many lesser known facts and things of interest. Participants are invited to donate at the end according to their budget and how much they enjoyed the tour.
Free Tour of Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament can be visited at any time, but if you wish to see beyond the public areas we would recommend booking onto this free tour. Covering the history and work of the Scottish Parliament, you can also learn about the award winning architecture of this unusual building.
Visit for more ideas of walking tours that cover all the most important and interesting things to see. A great inspiration if you have friends or family visiting for a few days. This Is Edinburgh’s website also has lots of ideas for things to do in Edinburgh – check it out.
Cafés and Restaurants for Cheap and Cheerful Eats
The Mosque Kitchen
31-33 Nicholson Square • 11.30am – 10.pm Every Day
Great for: Apparently the best curry in Edinburgh. Certainly some of the cheapest.
Mum’s Comfort Food
4a Forrest Road • 9am-10pm Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm Sunday
Great for: Warming British comfort food such as Sausage and Mash and Stew
34 Victoria Street, Grassmarket • 82 Canongate • 11am-6pm (closes 5pm Sunday)
Great for: a top notch hog roast
23/4 Howe Street • 9.30am-4pm Daily
Great for: Everything! But the quiche of the day is always phenomenal.
Red Box Noodle Bar
51 West Nicholson St • 12noon-10pm
Great for: Tasty noodles at a good price.
Union of Genius
8 Forrest Road • Monday- friday 11am-3.30pm closed sat and sun
Great for: Tasty soup at a bargain price – they also support us amongst other charities source their produce as ethically and locally as possible.
Green Police Box on Lauriston Place (top of Meadows Walk) • Closed Monday- Wednesday
Great for: Brazilian gluten free crepes – might sound bizarre but honestly the best food in Edinburgh.
Stockbridge Market Grassmarket Market
Food, Drink, Crafts Food, Drink, Crafts
Every Sunday, 10am – 5pm Every Saturday 10am-5pm
Saunders Street EH3 6TQ Grassmarket EH1 2JR
Leith Market Waverley Market
Food, Drink, Crafts Food, Drink, Crafts
Every Saturday 10am – 4pm Every Friday 11am-7pm
Dock Place EH6 6LU Platform 2 Waverley Railway Station
Tram Stop Market
Street Food and Fresh Produce
Every Saturday, 9am-4pm
Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
Fresh Produce and Artisan Foods
Every Saturday 9am-2pm
Castle Terrace EH1 2EL
Getting involved with Edinburgh Life
Below are listed some websites you might find helpful when looking to meet people outside of the charity or take up a hobby:
• – search in the Edinburgh area for art classes, walking groups, language lessons and more. Some ask a small fee but some are free.
• – run by Edinburgh Council, JoinInEdinburgh offers everything from photography and dressmaking to yoga, karate and badminton. There are plenty of chances to improve your English or learn a new language. Many of the course are free or only cost a couple of pounds each time, others require a whole term’s commitment and are a bit pricier.
• – the British equivalent of craigslist! Search for sports teams, running groups and lots of different classes. Gumtree is also great for things such as second-hand bikes or finding a flat if you decide to stay on in Edinburgh after your Workawayer placement.
For those at the Farm
You might not always want to make the journey into Edinburgh during your time off so we’ve put together a couple of nice spots for a coffee near the Farm.
• Artisan Cheesecakes –
87 South Bridge St, Bathgate, EH48 1TJ Closed Monday Tuesday – Sunday 11am-7pm
The most incredible cheesecakes that you have ever seen – or tasted!!
• Thistles Coffee Shop –
11 Main St, West Calder, EH55 8BY Closed Sunday Monday- Saturday 10am-3pm Lovely little coffee shop
• Bus Stop Café and Sweetshop
24 South Bridge St, Bathgate, EH48 1TL Daily 10am-8pm
Famous for its collection of teapots.
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