Housekeeper and Cook
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
- Life Assurance
- Pay progression within role
- 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
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.
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
Located next to Woburn Avenue, Abbeyfield House is situated in a quiet neighbourhood, but benefits from excellent transport links to all the local amenities and the town centre. Our home offers up to 10 rooms, two one-bedroom flats and one two-bedroom flat for older people to retain their independence, whilst remaining part of a social and active home.
Our dining room and living room are communal areas frequented by residents, family and friends for meal times, activities or simply catching up. We have a large garden with greenhouse, potting sheds and patio area where our residents love to spend time enjoying the warm months. A range of activities and events is organised by our enthusiastic team to keep our residents mentally and physically active. We also often invite the local community to join us too!
Together with our willing, friendly volunteers, our team enjoy working together to create a warm, loving home for our residents. Healthy, well balanced meals are prepared daily to appeal to everyone’s taste buds.
We encourage an open and friendly culture amongst our staffing team, who are well supported and valued. Everyone receives ongoing training to keep up to date with good practice. Through daily interaction we get to know our residents well and always ensure that everyone, staff included, are treated with kindness and respect.
If you feel that you share the same values as us, we would love to hear from you.
The Abbeyfield Society