Within Abbeyfield we believe that maintaining and improving the social and mental health of our residents is as important as their physical health. In the role of Activities Coordinator, you have a vital role in achieving this. You will develop and deliver a varied and stimulating range of social activities which are suitable for your residents.
In order to cater for their needs, you must get to know your residents as individuals. You will therefore involve each resident, and others involved in their lives, at all stages of the activity development process, and tailor each activity to their current physical and mental needs and abilities, including those with dementia.
You have the responsibility but also the great pleasure of developing positive and supportive relationships with our amazing residents. You can use their life stories, experiences and interests to collate a selection of personally meaningful activities which will most engage that person, maintaining their choice to be as involved, or not involved, as they wish. Engaging with resident’s relatives, friends and health care professionals can also assist with achieving an understanding of their interests.
To ensure residents are aware of all activities and events you will need to clearly and effectively communicate and promote planned programs in a way which catches their attention and interest. You’ll also ensure that those involved in the resident’s lives are also aware so they can contribute accordingly.
You will work in partnership with other staff and volunteers, utilising their skills and expertise and motivating and supporting them throughout their involvement. Responsible for each activity running as smoothly as possible, you’ll plan and obtain all needed supplies and deal swiftly with any concerns raised. You will maintain an up to date record of relevant information including resident involvement and past and planned activities.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll be highly organised, and able to work using your own initiative. Creative, with a fresh approach to planning activities, you’ll also be a naturally caring person, who is empathetic, and understands the needs of older people, including those with dementia.
Able to communicate and interact well with a wide range of people in varied situations, you’ll also be patient, with the ability to remain calm and tactful in sensitive situations. You’ll also be able to build strong relationships, and by doing so you’ll be a strong and supportive team player.
And as you’d expect in a modern workplace, you must be able to read, write and work with numbers and computers to a good standard.
A copy of the full job description is available here. Note that this role requires an enhanced DBS check, to be renewed every 3 years.
In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes 29 days paid leave, (pro rata), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts. We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started.
Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.
About the Company
Situated in South West London near to Hampton Court Palace and Chessington, Abbeyfield House is just a short drive from Richmond and Bushy Park with excellent transport links and close to local amenities. Established in 1999, our home is a purpose-built dementia care home offering 36 single en-suite rooms. There is a beautiful, spacious garden filled with sensory items and ample seating for our residents to enjoy spending time outdoors.
Our experienced team recognise the importance of building and maintaining relationships with family and friends and welcome them warmly to our home. Our aim is to offer exceptional care in an enjoyable environment. The team put on a varied and engaging calendar of social events for our residents and get to know them to find out what hobbies or interests they have. Our house manager is passionate about food and nutritious and delicious meals are always served and enjoyed by our residents.
Our home is warm, friendly and comfortable and our ultimate goal is for our residents to always feel happy, safe and secure. Nothing is too much trouble for our committed team and problems are sorted out as soon as possible. You will be joining a closely knit team that is always committed to making a difference in people’s lives. We encourage an open and friendly culture amongst our staff who are well supported by our home manager.
Every member of the team is highly valued and receives ongoing training to keep up to date with good practice. Through daily interaction we get to know our residents well and always ensure that everyone, staff included, are treated with kindness and respect. If you feel that you share the same values as us, we would love to hear from you.
For more information about Abbeyfield House New Malden, please click here.
The Abbeyfield Society