Housekeeper / Cook

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As on of our highly valued Housekeepers, you're at the front line of delivery.  You’ll ensure all aspects of the House(s) run smoothly and efficiently, by coordinating and managing all house staff.  You also ensure the catering service runs efficiently in line with budget, so the role may include cooking and meals preparation for large groups of residents.

Job DescriptionAt Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.

From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, plus roles in our St Albans head office, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available.  By working at Abbeyfield you’ll be joining a charity with more than 400 houses and over 7000 residents. But we’re also developing new homes throughout the UK with state of the art facilities. 

In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package.  This includes 29 days paid leave (pro rata if part-time), 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, to further opportunities to progress your career in our supported and sheltered housing operation, through development, to gain more experience in your role.

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.

Description of the roleYour 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.

Our Ideal CandidateFirst and foremost, you will be a naturally caring person, who is compassionate, and understands the needs of older people.  Further, you’ll be able to communicate, 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.

A copy of the full job description is available .  Note that this role requires an enhanced DBS check, to be renewed every 3 years.

About the House or Home you’ll be working inHolloway House is located in Quorn providing our residents with the privacy of their own accommodation combined with the companionship of others, home cooked meals, and the security and support of fantastic dedicated house staff. This is a truly lovely house with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
We provide two home cooked meals each day which can be enjoyed with other residents in our communal dining area. Our dedicated and caring team appreciate how important good nutrition is in later life and provide healthy well balanced meals that will appeal to everyone no matter their likes and dislikes.
A range of events and activities for our residents to get involved in is organised by our dedicated team including armchair exercise classes, day trips in the local area and art groups.  In return we offer roles that provide flexibility and support with regular up to date training and supervision, with everyone contributing to making a difference in our residents’ lives.  If you’d like to work for a home that genuinely cares about brightening our residents’ lives, please do get in touch

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