Casual Relief Cook / Housekeeper
We’re looking for Housekeeper/Cooks for Abbeyfield Gloucestershire's three warm family-style homes in Cheltenham and Cirencester. We provide lunch and dinner each day for independent older people. We can offer up to full time hours for the right person as well as casual relief roles to cover for when our main staff are off.
You’d need to be able to cook a good nutritious meal in a modern kitchen for up to 8 people, wield a vacuum cleaner and hold an interesting conversation over lunch with the residents! A day’s work is 10am-6.30pm with a 30-minute unpaid break.
A full up to date Food Hygiene certificate is desirable however we can provide the necessary opportunity to complete this certificate for suitable candidates.
Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents. This involves ensuring every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet, prepared according to their tastes, and presented to a high standard.
It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents. You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day. And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided.
You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner. And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited. Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.
You will also ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition. Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review. You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role. Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.
You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team. And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.
You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.
Finally, you'll demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.
At Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, plus roles in our St Albans head office, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available. By working at Abbeyfield you’ll be joining a charity with more than 400 houses and over 7000 residents. But we’re also developing new homes throughout the UK with state of the art facilities. .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.
This role is advertised for the Abbeyfield Gloucestershire Society Ltd who are an independent charity. You will be employed by this independent charity, therefore ‘The Abbeyfield Society’ will not be your employer. All terms, conditions, policies and procedures will be covered under the arrangements offered by the Abbeyfield Gloucestershire Society Ltd only.
About the Company
Our houses are located in St Luke’s Road (GL53 7JF) and Prestbury Road (GL52 3DD) in Cheltenham plus Chesterton Lane (GL7 1XJ) in Cirencester.
The Abbeyfield Society