Cook & Housekeeper
Abbeyfield is a charity for elderly people, providing housing to more than 7,000 residents across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance our residents’ quality of life through high quality accommodation in a stimulating environment, maintaining a socially active life.
We’re committed to providing the highest standards of care to our residents, and we believe that great care starts with great people. The interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do.
Abbeyfield is more than a home; it’s a neighbourhood, a community, a family. Are you ready to be a part of it?
Your role is to maintain service continuity to our residents, through ensuring an efficient handover process is adopted by all house staff. You’ll go out of your way to ensure that all residents feel welcome, included and involved in the house(s), and matters affecting the house are communicated to them as required.
You’ll organise social activities, consistent with housing management and health and safety requirements. You’ll consult with residents and volunteer groups, and the activities you design and provide reflect Abbeyfield values and policies, and do not interfere with the smooth running of the house, and are appropriate to the requirements of residents.
Independence of residents is maximised in line with their abilities. And all residents remain involved in the community in line with their individual needs, aspirations and abilities.
You’ll take responsibility for ensuring all staff, volunteers, trades persons and other visitors are managed effectively when on site, and all records and administration are accurate and kept up to date. And naturally, you will go out of your way to ensure that all areas of the House(s) are clean, tidy and meet all Health and Safety and Environmental Health requirements.
The Ideal Candidate
Are you a naturally caring person, who is compassionate, and understands the needs of older people? Can you interact well with and build strong working relationships a wide range of people in varied situations? And in a modern workplace, as you would expect, you should be able to use computers and IT applications, and be able to read, write and work with numbers to a good standard.
A strong and supportive team player, you’ll also need to be a competent cook, who can keep to a budget. You’ll also be skilled in supervising and supporting your team of General Assistants, and will know how to get the best from them.
If you are already experienced in working in a similar role within services for older people, and have knowledge of tenancy management and tenant participation, then even better. It would also be beneficial if you held a current driving licence. You will also need to have a First Aid Certificate and Food Hygiene Certificate. However, if you do not possess these, full training will be provided to ensure you obtain these within the first few months.
In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes:
● 31 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays (pro rata)
● Opportunity to learn and develop new skills
● Occupational sick pay scheme
● Company pension scheme
● Shop and save discounts
About the Company
Located in the idyllic and historic town of Potters Bar, Donaldson Lodge is a supported house with 12 unfurnished en-suite bedrooms. Built in the 1950's, Donaldson Lodge is situated in Potters Bar surrounded by stunning countryside, yet within easy access of London. We have excellent transport links for those wishing to travel around with a bus and train station within walking distance.
Our main aim is to make it feel like a home from home for our residents and we have a dedicated, caring and professional team of staff who work together to provide support, reassurance and security to our residents whilst maintaining their wellbeing.
Our residents like to meet in our bright and airy conservatory most mornings for coffee and have a chat with each other or a member of our attentive team or take part in an organised activity such as bingo.
Our caring team of dedicated professionals are committed to creating a warm, happy and safe environment for our residents to support their daily needs. Every team member has access to ongoing learning and development opportunities to gain new skills and qualifications.
If you are looking to reach your potential and be part of a friendly, supportive team whilst enriching the lives of our wonderful residents, please do get in touch.
The Abbeyfield Society