Housekeeper / Cook
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 popular residential village of Codsall near Wolverhampton, Abbeyfield House is situated in a prime location close to local bus stops for journeys to the neighbouring towns. The local train station is also close by where you can access trains to Telford, Shrewsbury and Birmingham. Our home is set in a quiet cul-de-sac offering our residents a peaceful and friendly environment.
Abbeyfield House was built in 1995 over two floors and consists of 13 rooms with ensuite facilities. There is a kitchenette available for residents to use on each floor to make drinks and snacks. Residents have access to a communal lounge leading out onto the well maintained garden where we have outside tables and chairs for residents to enjoy the warmer weather and enjoy a chat with their families or friends.
We encourage our residents to remain as independent as possible if they so choose. Our experienced team spend time and get to know our residents. A variety of organised activities and events such as trips to delightful restaurants or to the local garden centre are organised by our enthusiastic team to ensure that our residents keep active and stimulated.
Our caring team of dedicated professionals are committed to creating a warm, happy and safe environment for our residents to support their needs. 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