This is a unique job!
Usually there are two workers who live at the house and co-ordinate the day-to-day running of the Women’s Holiday Centre (W.H.C.) including administration, house keeping and maintenance and dealing with all aspects of visitors’ stays. It is a maximum 3 year live-in post, with an initial 1 year contract, and subject to annual reviews.
For more information about working here visit our how to apply page, Job information, House policies. If you are interested in working at the house , then it is essential to visit the house prior to applying if you have not been before.
Interviewees will normally be expected to stay overnight on the night before the interviews (free of charge).
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The centre is open 7 days a week and there is a minimum requirement of 30 hours per worker, per week. In addition, workers are responsible for providing adequate cover between them. Workers are eligible for 2 full days off per week, to be negotiated between co-workers. This has to be shown to be satisfactory to the Management Committee.
This is a living-in job and is definitely not 9-5. In fact, weekends, holiday times and evenings are the busiest times. Work patterns will vary depending on the day of the week and the number and type of visitors. For example, Friday usually sees a big turnover of visitors and a great deal of housework, restocking etc. before waiting to settle the visitors in at whatever time(s) they arrive. Midweek can be quiet and a time for routine jobs, admin etc. and days off. When there are lots of small children the day may start earlier; whilst at other times the visitors may expect to be able to find a worker on hand to answer questions when they get up much later! Some workers have done specific shifts e.g. early or late; others have preferred to work together most of the time. Whatever arrangements are set up, the essential requirements are flexibility and the ability to negotiate, compromise and communicate with your co-worker.
This is a challenging, yet rewarding job. Originally workers had to apply as a team, via a joint application, but in the interests of equal opportunities it has become open to individual applicants. This does not necessarily prevent women who want to make ‘linked’ applications from doing so. The nature of the job means that you will be living and working with one other worker, with whom you will equally share the responsibilities of the day-to-day running of the house. However, you will each have individual support, on a regular basis, via one-to-one sessions. There will also be meetings with the Management Committee approximately every four weeks where you will have the chance to discuss any practical issues.
But you don’t have to work all the time! There are beautiful walks right from the doorstep, two pubs and a café in the village and women’s events, discos, etc. about an hour away in Leeds, Lancaster or Calder Valley. And you get to live in a lovely house in a beautiful setting!
Sometimes you may find aspects of the job difficult e.g. the constant changing of visitors, being bombarded with endless questions and a lack of personal space. Other times you will meet the most amazing women and young people as you sit round the fire, swap stories or songs and bask in their appreciation of you as the workers who have provided them with such a wonderful holiday.