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
This is a really interesting and varied role, providing a number of important services to our valued residents. For instance, you will provide the catering service, to include ordering and preparation of ingredients, cooking and meal preparation. But you'll also supervise a small team of General Assistants, and through them, you will ensure that the House is maintained in a clean and tidy condition, and is safe for our residents.
You will also undertake administrative duties, such as record keeping, maintaining tenancy agreements and keeping an eye on expenditure. And 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 may also organise social activities, consulting with residents and volunteer groups, so that all residents remain involved in the community in line with their individual needs, aspirations and abilities.
Finally, you’ll also take responsibility for ensuring all staff, volunteers, trades persons and other visitors are managed effectively when on site.
A Great Place to Work
Located close to the heart of Weston-Super-Mare, Abbeyfield House offers a total of 10 flats with ensuite facilities suitable for older people who are looking for security and companionship in later life.
Abbeyfield House is ideally situated being just a five minute walk to the town centre and ten minute walk to the Grand Pier. Weston-Super-Mare has a wonderful seafront which residents enjoy in the summer months, taking advantage of the many attractions and restaurants.
Our friendly and experienced staff team are encouraged to spend time and get to know our residents at our home, either by taking a stroll in our pretty garden in the warmer months or by taking part with them in our daily programme of planned activities such as cribbage, coffee mornings or lunch clubs!
Our caring team of dedicated professionals are committed to creating a warm, happy and safe environment for our residents to meet their daily needs. Every team member has access to 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.
For more information about Abbeyfield House in Weston-Super-Mare, please click here.
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