About The Abbeyfield Society
Abbeyfield is a charity for older people providing housing across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for older people through high quality accommodation in a stimulating environment to maintain a socially active life.
Living life to the full
For over 60 years, everyone is welcome at Abbeyfield. Wherever you find us, you’ll find we’re warm, open and friendly. Community is at the heart of Abbeyfield, where people come together to share meals, company, and enjoy life. Abbeyfield is more than a home, it’s a neighbourhood, a community, a family. Our homes are closely linked to their community to enhance not only the lives of our residents, but older people living locally. From trips to the seaside to festivities throughout Christmas, Abbeyfield's connection to the local community provides events that all older people can enjoy. What makes Abbeyfield different? You’ve heard about the older people we support and what we stand for. It’s the people - the staff, the Board, the ambassadors and our Patron that makes Abbeyfield special. They truly care about providing a great quality of life for older people and strive each day to achieve this.
What makes Abbeyfield special?
Watch the video above to find out what life is like at an Abbeyfield home. Hear testimonials from real residents and staff.
Start your career at Abbeyfield
At 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. 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.
Careers in care at Abbeyfield
Carers are one of the most essential roles in our homes. As a carer at Abbeyfield, you have the chance to make a real difference to our residents by putting them first; making sure their happiness, safety and comfort is at the forefront. Becoming a carer is such a rewarding career, as in many instances carers and residents become almost like family; the support you provide is appreciated more than you will probably ever know! You will be looking after diverse, incredible people with fascinating life stories. These people deserve to be supported by someone who can share this chapter in their life and make a real difference, whilst ensuring our residents lead dignified and fulfilled lives. Ideally you’ll have a background in care or a similar environment, and a L2 or equivalent qualification in Health & Social Care, or be willing to work towards this during the initial stages of your career. Equally, you’ll be a warm, caring and sociable person who can converse easily with people and put them at ease. So if you’re caring and compassionate and like to have a positive impact on people's lives, then working as a Care Assistant for Abbeyfield could be the right role for you.
Careers in supported housing at Abbeyfield
Also known as sheltered housing and assisted living, supported housing is where residents wish to remain independent, but live in a social, supportive house. As one of our great team of General Assistants, Housekeepers, House Managers or Cooks, you’ll draw on your dedication and compassion to ensure residents receive a great quality supported housing experience. We have opportunities for people at all levels in a variety of roles, whether you’re new to supported housing or experienced. First and foremost, your job will be to look after the house as if it were your own family home. This will involve anything from keeping communal areas clean, testing alarms, to supporting residents in their own self-contained living accommodation with daily activities such as cleaning and laundry. You'll be there for that first greeting in the morning, welcoming chat over lunch and even a cup of tea with a biscuit in the afternoon, so you'll get to spend time getting to know each of the residents really well. You'll ideally have a background in residential support, client care or a similar environment, and a L3 qualification in Housing/Property Management, or be willing to work towards this during the initial stages of your career. We also look for people who are warm, caring and sociable, who can converse easily with other and help put them at ease. If you have a passion for caring and want to have a positive impact on older people's lives then working in one of our housing teams could be the right role for you.
Corporate support roles
We have a variety of roles, based both in our national office in St Albans, and in our regional offices in Garforth (West Yorkshire) and Wellington (Somerset). However, if you do not live close to one of these locations, many of our corporate support roles can be performed from home, with occasional visits to our offices. We also have Administration and Finance Officer roles in all our Care Homes. We have roles in the following functional areas: - Finance and Payroll - Marketing & Digital - Information Technology - Quality, Safety and Compliance - Procurement - Business Administration - Human Resources Most of the opportunities in these areas require prior experience of working in that function or profession in a similar organisational setting. Some may also require attainment of professional qualifications and/or membership of a professional body. However, we also occasionally advertise for posts performing administration to support our operation and functions. And to be eligible to apply for these function ‘entry level’ roles, it is business administration skills that are most important, as well as a keen interest to may be develop further in that function.