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What Abbeyfield Offer You

In line with your casual (bank) worker assignment agreement, we offer competitive pay that is in line with those of our employed staff in similar roles.  And depending on how many hours you work, you will accrue leave at an equivalent rate of 31 days paid leave in a full calendar year, inclusive of bank/public holidays. (pro rata)

To carry out this role, you will be provided with mandatory training to get you started, as part of a comprehensive induction.  And to work for us in future assignments, you will be expected to keep your mandatory training up to date.

 

Abbeyfield People

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. 

We are committed to providing the highest standards of care, and we believe that great care starts with great people. Are you a caring, compassionate and welcoming person, who understands the needs of older people and is respectful at all times? Are you comfortable communicating and collaborating with a wide range of people in varied situations as well as a strong and confident team player?

And because we take the wellbeing of our residents and staff very seriously, you won't be surprised that to work for us, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (other than in exceptional circumstances), and intend to have any further booster vaccinations that are made available.

About Abbeyfield

Abbeyfield is more than a home; it’s a neighbourhood, a community, a family. Our core behaviours are to be welcoming to everyone, celebrate the positives, work collaboratively, take responsibility, and be adaptable to changing circumstances.

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.

Your role at Abbeyfield

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.

A Great Place to Work

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Alexander House is located in the heart of Bootle village on the south west tip of the stunning Lake District.  Our home is surrounded by some truly beautiful landscapes with the nearest beach just a few miles away. Local amenities are situated within walking distance of the house with the Bootle train station not far away. 

Our home is small and friendly, perfect for people who want to maintain their independence, but have the support of our caring staff and companionship of others.  Our fantastic team work hard to ensure the house is comfortable, clean and safe for all our residents.

We organise plenty of engaging and enjoyable events and activities such as chair exercise sessions, 'Knit & Natter' sessions and a monthly library delivery service.  Food is very important at Alexander House, with our cooks preparing and serving a lunch and high tea daily. We are happy to cater for all kinds of different dietary requirements and vegetarian alternatives are always readily available.

An honest and open culture is encouraged by our home manager and her team, who are supported with regular team meetings and ongoing up-to-date training.  Our team is made up of committed, caring and professional people who are dedicated to ensuring that our residents are supported to do the things that they want to do, including the little things that matter.

As part of our team, you will have excellent opportunities to work with some amazing, caring people and give something back to our wonderful residents by enriching their lives.  If this sounds like somewhere where you would like to work, please do contact us.

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