Moving to Yell as a single person
Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:54 PM
I work 50-60 hours a week and feel stuck in the rat race, constantly spending my money on this, that and everything else. I am from rural Yorkshire so the weather isn’t something that I’m concerned about. I am aware of how isolating it can be, etc. My questions are:
• Car maintenance: am I better off just buying another car over there that is a bit more adjusted to the saltwater and weather? I currently drive a 2004 Lexus RX-300 as I have an enormous dog.
• Socialising. I’m not big on going out at all and I’m not massively sociable but at the same time I’m aware that I’m in my 30s and would be living in the most remote part of the U.K... are there opportunities to integrate and meet people in the islands like Yell or Whalsay?
•Finances: am I dreaming when I think that I could maybe grow a few vegetables and not have the opportunity to waste my money all the time? I have coeliac disease so I’m guessing that Tesco will be the only real place that can cater for my gluten free diet (which is expensive anyway). Is the cost of living in general much higher than the mainland with council tax, bills etc?
•Work: I’m not too bothered about being an RN if there aren’t opportunities there as there don’t seem to be that many jobs and the likelihood of being able to maintain an effective work schedule when the ferries are off timetable during the winter seem to be slim.
•Ferries: as I will be moving on my own with just my dog, how likely is it that I could get stuck due to ferry problems, if I did have to commute to Lerwick? I use doggy daycare here but I can’t risk having to leave him for vast amounts of time if I can’t get home.
My family are not supportive of this potential move at all as it is so expensive for them to visit or for me to leave (I do like to travel when I can) but I am desperate for a slower pace, a nicer community (gun and knife crime is a real issue in Nottingham again) and some space for my dog and for myself, instead of living on top of others like you do in England. The Scandinavian influence and the Archaeology (I have a degree in that!) also make it very appealing, as I like to be close to culture.
Sorry for the long message and thanks for any potential replies!
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:13 PM
• Car maintenance: You don't see many 2004 reg cars up here, I don't know if the climate gets to them or if most people can afford something a bit newer.
• Socialising: probably more opportunities than you would get in a city. Most activities that are not provided by the council are organised by volunteers, usually permutations of the same people. A new face is often welcomed.
•Finances: as far as I know council tax in Shetland is comparatively low. Shopping can be expensive. You either use a local shop that has to keep its prices high to survive ot spend money on fuel to go to Tesco in Lerwick.
•Work: The Shetland Health Board regularly complain they can't recruit. In general Shetland has a problem with there being not enough people to fill available jobs.
•Ferries: you won't be the only one with a problem if ferries can't run (which is rare). Employers will have policies on what to do.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:47 PM
I moved up from the Midlands five years ago and it's been the best thing I've ever done, so just do it. House prices in and around Lerwick are comparable with much of the rest of the UK but are much cheaper the further from town you go. I live up on Unst and I was in a position to buy my 3-bedroom house outright. That definitely wouldn't have been the case pretty much anywhere else in the country. Due to not having a mortgage, I find I'm much better off financially than I would be down south. Can't really advise you on the other stuff, other than agreeing with Joannie regarding NHS Shetland having difficulty with recruiting medical staff. Oh, and the ferries are generally pretty good given their extreme age and the climate they have to endure. And all the pre-2004 cars are up on Yell, Unst, and Fetlar, with no MOT.
Posted 07 August 2018 - 11:08 PM
My concerns are mostly financial, I guess. I would be bringing with me £10,000 in debt with £200 a month loan payments, plus my family leant me the deposit for my house so I pay them back £300 a month as well as my mortgage. Here in the Midlands I’m able to keep doing extra shifts to pay my debts but I’ve found it’s affecting my health and I have no life!
Does anyone grow their own food? In an ideal world I would grow a few veg and maybe have a few chickens but I don’t know how much chickens like the Shetlands! My dog would be fine as he’s a Newfoundland so the weather would suit him better anyway.
Thanks again for your advice.
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 11:37 PM
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 10:23 AM
Nothing is impossible.
Have you visited Shetland before? I would suggest a couple of holidays here, one in Summer and one in Winter.
That will give you a idea of what the islands are like, and you can tour around, with dog, and see what there is here, plus you can speak to people face on about the islands, plenty of tea rooms to have a jabber with folk.
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:03 PM
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:10 PM
there is a job going for a band 6 district nurse in yell at the moment. you wont get overtime. however you will be on call. it can be lonely. even with family.
Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:21 PM
I am quite the adventurer but I also worry about house maintenance as I’m guessing the weather gives the roof and windows a pounding?
For those asking, I have visited before and I particularly loved the Scandinavian feel. I guess my main worries are loneliness and finances, although I don’t think I’ll spend as much without a giant Pets At Home, IKEA and 4 supermarkets within 5 minutes of me!
Posted 09 August 2018 - 12:13 AM
What about renting your house out and re-mortgaging? Buy-to-let mortgages are usually available. Speak to a mortgage broker and local estate agents to see what rental income you could realistically expect each month, not forgetting overheads such as their commission, Gas Safety and Electricity certificates, etc.
Have you considered a change of career, say being a private carer? I'm wondering if you could do that and perhaps be say bank staff for nursing? Not sure about the practicalities around that? It isn't uncommon for people to have two, or even three part-time jobs up here.
It's worth bearing in mind too the legalities surrounding leaving a dog alone (most animal charities recommend no more than four hours and that's reflected in Scottish law) and it might not be so easy to get a dogsitter on the outer isles.
Re coeliac disease: check out https://www.shb.scot...tetics/gffs.aspin addition to the outlets listed above.
Edited by Suffererof1crankymofo, 09 August 2018 - 12:14 AM.
Posted 09 August 2018 - 12:59 AM
Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:23 AM
Everywhere is desperate for social care workers. They would snap you up.
Move up. (Best decision I ever made.)
Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:37 AM
I have seen the carer jobs with the council and they seem to pay as much as RN jobs which is what I would need to satisfy a mortgage provider as I have debts too so they expect a fair wage in order to give me the mortgage. From what I understand I wouldn’t be in the market for renting as it’s around 3x more than a mortgage payment would be!
Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:42 AM
I've never done it (cats FTW ) but I've heard of folk leaving their dogs in their cars on the ferry. That may get around the kennels not catering for small bears / Newfoundlands.
Posted 09 August 2018 - 10:55 AM
Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:20 AM
I take my Icelandic horses to and from Shetland on the boat in my horsevan.
To stop them overheating and to maintain a good thru-flow of air, I bought two small battery powered desk fans which we put on as we board the boat. I also open all windows and give them unlimited water, popping down at midnight (with the crew's permission) to check everyone is fine and give more water if required.
With dogs, when I have travelled them in my car, I have done the same - gone down at midnight and walked my dog about so he could have a pee on the cardeck. The dog was absolutely fine in the morning.
Apart from lights always being on the cardeck, the car doesn't actually get that hot and all my dogs (and horses) have travelled fine, not over-heating and not minding in the slightest.
I probably worry more upstairs in my cabin!
Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:47 AM
Well I hope you can work something out. Frances offers some sage advice and I can't imagine the car deck being anywhere close to warm through the night. I do get the fear of climbing into your car come the morning though... only to find it filled with chewed up seat foam and a dog with "Who me?" written all over their face Perhaps a vet could advise on a little something to calm his nerves?
And, unless you're hell-bent on living on an island off and island, I wouldn't rule out being able to afford a house on the mainland. Properties "full of country charm" [read: old and needing work] can be had for a good price. We got our house down the south end for the asking price FWIW. It could be worth renting for a few months (if you can find somewhere to rent!) which would give you time to look around, get a feel for the place and not end up with a house and the desire to move back south 6 months down the line.
It'd also easy finding work if you're better able to accomodate unusual shifts (I have first hand experience of nursing shift "patterns" at the Gilbert Bain and others in the caring professions who all do night shifts in amongst seemingly random daily shifts. I take my hat off to them, I really do!
Posted 09 August 2018 - 12:58 PM
You could look at Shetland Islands Council for work, they have a few, very nice, care homes, which nowadays also deals with a lot of unwell elderly people. Might even find they pay more than NHS.
Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:20 PM
As for housing, I have seen an old school house on the north of the mainland that is up for sale but most of the nicest (and affordable for my budget) housing seems to be on Yell.