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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

Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents.  This involves ensuring every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet, prepared according to their tastes, and presented to a high standard.

You’ll also obtain feedback on meal preferences, and seek to constantly improve levels of satisfaction.  Ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene and health and safety requirements is key.  You’ll also manage purchasing and stock levels within the budget allocated.

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.

Your role at Abbeyfield

You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role.  Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.

You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team.  And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.

You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.

Finally, you should be able to demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.

This role requires an enhanced DBS check, renewed every 3 years.

It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents.  You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day.  And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided. 

You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner.  And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited.   Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.

You will also ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition.  Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review.  You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.

A Great Place to Work

Located in a quiet residential area of Salisbury just over a mile away from the city centre, Boldre House is a large house with 10 ensuite rooms, one of which is a flat suitable for a couple, as well as a kitchenette available on each floor. Our home is close to lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and local tourist attractions such as Salisbury Museum and Salisbury Cathedral.

Our friendly and welcoming team host a number of social activities, which brings all of our residents together in our lovely large communal dining room. We also have a beautiful garden which all contribute to provide a home from home environment.

An honest and open culture is encouraged by our home manager amongst the team, who are supported with regular team meetings and ongoing up-to-date training.  Our team is made up of committed, caring and professional people who are dedicated to ensuring that our residents are supported to do the things that they want to do, including the little things that matter such as catering to each resident’s individual dietary needs.

As part of our team, you will have excellent opportunities to work with some amazing, caring people and give something back to our wonderful residents by enriching their lives.

If this sounds like somewhere where you would like to work, please do contact us.

For more information about Boldre House, please click here.

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