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Cook and Housekeeper

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

What Abbeyfield Offer You

At Abbeyfield, we are committed to rewarding our staff for their hard work. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • 31 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays
  • Comprehensive induction,
  • Learning and career development opportunities
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Company pension
  • Discounted gym membership
  • An employee assistance programme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Shop and save vouchers

Abbeyfield People

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.

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

For over 60 years, Abbeyfield has been a charity that provides housing for elderly people across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for our residents through excellent accommodation in a stimulating environment to help maintain a socially active life.

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 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.

A Great Place to Work

Set in the beautiful seaside town of Scarborough, White Lodge is a warm and welcoming house with stunning sea views and excellent walking routes to the beach and nearby cliffs.  Our house is located in the quieter part of town and is on the local bus route as well as the local community.

Our home was built in 1926 and recently renovated in 2018. Our accommodation ranges from studios to spacious one bedroom flats.  We have a total of 11 private living quarters all of which are ensuite and have their own kitchenette.  We have created a cosy sitting area that is popular with our residents for socialising, enjoying time to themselves or for quality time with family and friends.

White Lodge has a beautiful large garden and summer house where our residents can sit or enjoy the sunshine and seaside air.

Our friendly and caring team arrange regular outings and activities which friends and family are welcome to join too. Our team enjoys spending time with our residents, but respects their privacy and dignity at all times.  Up to date training is continually provided to advance our team’s ongoing learning and development and staff feel valued in their jobs.

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