Housekeeper and 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
Situated just a short bus ride away from the town centre of Stockport, Abbeyfield House offers supported housing for older people who wish to retain their independence whilst being part of a social, active and friendly community. Local amenities and shops are just a short distance from our home with Lyme Park a bus ride away.
Our home from home offers two one-bedroom flats, 20 ensuite studio flat, together with a communal lounge, dining room and conservatory overlooking our stunning house garden. Lunch and dinner are taken in the dining room, whilst our residents can relax or take part in activities in the lounge area. In the warmer months, our residents can enjoy the sunshine on our garden patio.
Our dedicated team always show a warm welcome to our residents’ friends and family members, who often stay to join us for lunch and dinner. A range of weekly activities from quizzes to armchair exercises are organised to help enhance our residents’ wellbeing. Willing volunteers support our weekly coffee mornings which are thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our local community is also very active and events are held across Stockport which our residents are invited to.
Our caring team set themselves high standards to meet the needs of all of our residents. We value and respect every team member since we genuinely feel that everybody contributes to making a real difference to the daily lives of our residents. In return we offer a great place to work, as well as competitive pay, pension and ongoing training.
The Abbeyfield Society