Community at Rydal Hall
Our Christian Community at Rydal Hall is a key part of who we are and what we do.
By living, serving and learning together not only are new friendships formed and new skills learned, but an environment is created for guests that is truly valued and life changing.
So, if you want to join us in serving others and exploring the Christian faith in beautiful surroundings, then please contact us.
What is Rydal Hall?
Rydal Hall is the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre for the Diocese of Carlisle, part of the Church of England. The 34 acre estate comprises the hall, formal gardens, a campsite, youth centre, self-catering cottage and tea shop and is situated in beautiful surroundings. The main hall provides accommodation for up to 50 people.
Our vision is to:
- Provide a place of welcome and hospitality for both Christian and non-Christian groups and individuals.
- Promote and support the Christian faith in and beyond the Diocese.
- For our Christian ethos to underpin the way we work in partnership with local community and suppliers.
- For those living and working at Rydal Hall to grow and develop in their understanding of the Christian faith.
Who runs Rydal Hall?
The Rydal Hall team includes both long and short term resident members (called the Rydal Hall Community) along with other team members who live locally and travel in to Rydal Hall.
Where is Rydal Hall?
Rydal Hall is situated in Northern England, in the heart of the English Lake District, surrounded by stunning scenery, lakes and mountains. It is a rural area; the nearest small town is Ambleside which is a 30 minute walk or 5 minute car or bus journey away.
How many community members are there?
There are up to 12 community members at any one time, plus up to 7 other team members living on site.
What do community members do while they are here?
All community members commit themselves to serve for an average of 30 hours per week – it will be more hours when we are busy and less when it is quiet but average out over your stay.
The teams include Accommodation Services (housekeeping), Food Service (serving in the dining room and washing up), Tea Shop and sometimes the Estates & Maintenance.
Community members also attend chapel services, community meetings and social events so we can pray, worship, learn, get to know each other and have fun.
What do community members do in their free time?
Community members have an average of two days off per week. On-site there is a communal lounge with SMarT TV/DVD and free internet access. There are beautiful grounds to enjoy. Off-site there are many walks with regular buses to other parts of the Lake District and nearby towns and cities. Ambleside, the nearest small town, has two cinemas, shops, tennis courts and plenty of pubs and cafes.
Community members also have time off/holiday, either to relax at Rydal Hall or travel to other parts of the UK or Europe.
What about going to church?
Locally there are churches of various denominations that have Sunday services and mid-week meetings. There are often other events in the area organised by Christian organisations such as a Bible camp, plays, international cafe and social events.
Can I improve my English?
Yes, free weekly lessons are available for those who wish to improve their English; however this should not be your main reason for joining Rydal Hall. We do ask applicants to have a reasonable level of spoken English before they arrive – sufficient to be able to communicate with fellow team members and guests.
English Lessons are also available at Ambleside Library and there is a local community club called ‘All Together Now’ which is for workers from different countries to get together and practice English.
Where will I stay?
You will have your own room, with a shared bathroom and toilet.
Along with the communal lounge there is also a kitchen and a laundry room.
Do I get paid?
Community members who are general assistants are paid at the UK national minimum wage less a small deduction for board and lodging. People in other roles are paid the usual salary for their position. Please ask for further information.
When can I come and for how long?
Vacancies arise at various times of the year so we currently have a rolling recruitment programme; please contact us for details.
We prefer people not to leave/arrive during the busy summer months.
We ask all community members to commit for 12 months but sometimes we can accommodate a shorter stay. If there is a specific time you are available for please let us know.
Who can apply?
Nationals of EEA countries and those who would qualify for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa (see www.gov.uk for details about the Youth Mobility Visa)
We are not currently taking applications under the Tier 5 Charity Visa system.
How do I apply?
- Download the application form below and return your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will then write to your referees asking for references.
- Upon receipt of your references, we may ask those from the UK to spend a few days with us to give you and us time to discern if this is the right place for you. For those from outside the UK we will arrange to have an informal interview through Skype or telephone.
Need further information?
Please contact Carol-Ann Baker at:
Post: Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX
Telephone: (015394) 32050