The Amy Woodgate Specialist Resource is based in Chessington and is a centre that provides a residential and day care service for older people with dementia. They work to promote independence within a secure, safe, caring environment, ensuring all residents are treated with dignity and respect and as individuals. Amy Woodgate is committed to making sure that each resident and service user receives a fair and person-centred approach to their care and use the Eden Alternative to ensure that the residents get the very best out of their daily lives.
About the role
We are looking for individuals with compassion, who can be trusted by our clients who can be confused and frightened and need that calm reassurance when they feel sad or alone. This can ultimately help manage better outcomes and living for those with Dementia as carers can provide invaluable insights and communication as they get to know and support the clients as individuals , especially as they cannot sometimes express their pain or emotions. Help is needed too with they often need help with basic nutrition, hydration, hygiene and mobility. These roles inspire pride and at Amy Woodgate we recognise and celebrate the wonderful work and commitment of our staff
You may have been a carer, or perhaps are currently one and are looking to really make a difference to another’s life so we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds, who have been volunteers or cared in any capacity for others. Empathy will be an essential life skill you have acquired with a real desire to create the best possible home environment for our clients, supporting them in a diverse, team focused environment, where a sense of humour is important. This is a role that can make you feel like you really are making a difference!
What we can offer you
As a Council, we actively support the development of staff and offer opportunities within Adult Social Care and Health to progress your career pathway. We are interested in utilising the Apprenticeship levy and actively encourage apprenticeships across the Council.
We have a range of generous benefits that include
- 23 days annual leave rising up to 27 days depending on grade and length of service. In addition you receive 8 statutory bank holidays
- Local government pension scheme
- Interest free season loan ticket
- Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
- Discounts on a range of local shops restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
- Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
- A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued and flexibility within teams is promoted
In return, we will require you to hold an NVQ level 2 in care qualification and have a genuine regard and respect for older people and to work across a range of shifts, on a three weekly cycle, with flexibility as long as we ensure excellent care for our clients and include the following patterns:
- 7.30 am to 2.30pm (daytime)
- 2.30pm to 9.30pm (daytime)
- 9.30pm to 7.30 am (evenings)
- 2 out of 3 weekends
We welcome applications from candidates who are interested in undertaking a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship in Adult Care Work. The salary for apprentices would be £9951 - £12,579 per annum (dependent on apprenticeship level), be offered on a contract of 12-18 months (dependent on apprenticeship level) and the annual leave entitlement for apprentices is 23 days.
Before applying please refer to the Role Profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.
We are more than happy for you to pop in to have a chat and see our centre, any Wednesday for the coming weeks from 12 noon to 2pm.
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.
The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
The Royal Borough of Kingston is now an accredited London Living Wage Employer. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. Our Living Wage commitment means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage.