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Senior Activities Coordinator

Job Introduction

 Within Abbeyfield we believe that maintaining and improving the social and mental health of our residents is as important as their physical health.  As our valued Senior Activities Coordinator, you have a vital role in achieving this.  You will lead the development and delivery of a varied and stimulating range of social activities which are suitable for your residents. 

Role Responsibility

To develop and deliver a varied and stimulating range of social activities which are suitable for your residents you ensure your team get to know the residents as individuals.  You ensure they involve each resident, and others involved in their lives, at all stages of the activity development process, and that each activity is tailored to their current physical and mental needs and abilities, including those with dementia.

Your team have the responsibility but also the great pleasure of developing positive and supportive relationships with our amazing, residents. Your team can use their life stories, experiences and interests to collate a selection of personally meaningful activities which will most engage that person, maintaining their choice to be as involved, or not involved, as they wish.  Engaging with resident’s relatives, friends and health care professionals can also assist with achieving an understanding of their interests.

To ensure residents are aware of all activities and events, you and your team clearly and effectively communicate and promote planned programs in a way which catches their attention and interest.  Your team ensure that those involved in the resident’s lives are also aware so they can contribute accordingly.

Your team works in partnership with other staff and volunteers, utilising their skills and expertise and motivating and supporting them throughout their involvement. Responsible for each activity running as smoothly as possible, they plan and obtain all needed supplies and deal swiftly with any concerns raised.  They maintain records of relevant information including resident involvement and past/planned activities.

The Ideal Candidate

Naturally you must have experience of activities provision in an elderly registered care setting.  Equally, you must be able to supervise and manage a team, getting the best out of each individual.  Highly organised, you will be able to plan and manage multiple activities across varied sites simultaneously.

Creative with a fresh approach to planning activities and utilising feedback from residents, you're a naturally caring person, with strong knowledge of the needs of older people, including those with dementia. And able to communicate and interact well with a wide range of stakeholders in varied situations, you will also need strong literacy and numeracy, and able to use computers effectively.

Ideally it would also be great if you were in possession of a current first aid certificate, and a relevant NAPA qualification.

Package Description

In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package.  This includes 31 days paid leave, (pro rata), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts.  We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started.

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.

About the Company

Located in the village of North Weald Bassett, Cunningham House is our dementia-friendly residential care home based on the outskirts of Epping Forest.  Our home has 54 bedrooms, 33 of which have en-suites. Residents can choose how they wish to fill their days, either by enjoying the peace and quiet in one of our libraries or participate in an exercise class with our home’s personal trainer.  Our beautiful nautical themed garden is the best place for our residents to relax and enjoy the fresh air with their families or friends.

Each of our residents has a personalised care packaged provided by a senior member of our dedicated team who will work with them to ensure that their time with us is happy, safe and fulfilled.  At Cunningham House we have introduced several initiatives to enhance the lives of our residents from hydration stations, ferrules checks and regular exercise classes. 

Our two activities co-ordinators offer a wide engaging programme of activities in and outside of the home for our residents to enjoy, with weekly visits by a local hairdresser.  Our friendly team are also on hand to help each and every resident continue to pursue their own hobbies at our home if they prefer.  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. 

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 Cunningham House, please click here.

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