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Tea Cook

What Abbeyfield Offer You

At Abbeyfield, we are committed to rewarding our staff for their hard work. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • 28 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays
  • Comprehensive induction

We offer competitive pay and depending on how many hours you work, you will accrue leave at an equivalent rate of 28 days paid leave in a full calendar year, inclusive of bank/public holidays (pro rata). And in order to carry out this role, you will be provided with mandatory training to get you started, as part of a comprehensive induction.  To be eligible to work for us in future assignments, you will be expected to keep your mandatory training up to date.

Abbeyfield People

First and foremost, you will be a caring person who is compassionate, and understands the needs of older people.  Additionally, you will be able to communicate and interact well with a wide range of people in varied situations.  Naturally, as you might expect in a modern workplace, you must be able to read, write and work with numbers to a good standard.  And it is essential that you are a strong and supportive team player.

To be highly suited to the role, you should be passionate about standards of cleanliness and hygiene and will be keen to ensure that things are always neat and tidy.  Better still, if you are already experienced working in a similar role, may be within services for older people, then this is definitely the job for you. This role requires an enhanced DBS check, to be renewed every 3 years.

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.

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.

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

You will work with the cooking schedules as set by the House Manager.  These duties cover providing a balance and nutritious tea for our residents and the reporting of stock levels to the house manager.

You’ll respect residents’ wishes and preferences and ensure every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet that is prepared according to their tastes and presented to a high standard.

You will obtain feedback on meal preferences and seek to constantly improve levels of satisfaction.

You will be responsible ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene and health and safety requirements, so that the facilities and operation receive high inspection ratings.

You work within the cleaning and housekeeping schedules as set by the House Manager. 

These duties may cover cleaning of the residents’ flats and rooms, the communal areas and offices. You respect residents’ wishes and preferences.

You work well as part of a team to ensure all residents’ needs are met in relation to cleaning, housekeeping and infection control.

You are responsible for the use of housekeeping equipment and cleaning products and use these in line with agreed budgets and COSHH requirements.

 You aim to reduce wastage and report any defects in a timely manner and ensure that store areas and equipment are kept clean, hygienic and tidy at all times.

Finally, you will also ensure that store areas and equipment are kept clean, hygienic and tidy at all times.

A Great Place to Work

At Abbeyfield Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Society we are proud of the care and support we provide for older people in our houses located in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. Residents live in a ‘family’ environment where we encourage them to pursue hobbies and interests.


The Society consists of three houses, the houses merged to create one society in 1989 and are run by a voluntary committee. Living with Abbeyfield is the perfect option for people who cannot live on their own and who think that going into care is their only option. In a supported house, residents retain their independence but live in a supportive family environment.

Our resident’s rooms come with fitted kitchen area for our residents to retain their independence should they wish.  We have a bright and airy conservatory where our residents and their loved ones or families can sit and chat looking out into our beautiful garden. Our residents enjoy regular coffee mornings and visits from people in our local community.

An honest and open culture is encouraged by our house managers and their teams, who are supported with regular team meetings and ongoing up-to-date training.  Our teams are 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.

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.

This role is advertised for the Abbeyfield Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Society who are an independent charity. You will be employed by this independent charity, therefore ‘The Abbeyfield Society’ will not be your employer.  All terms, conditions, policies and procedures will be covered under the arrangements offered by the Abbeyfield Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Society only.

The Abbeyfield Society


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