Careers at Aveley Lodge
“Continuous effort not strength or intelligence, is the key to unblocking our potential” Winston Churchill
Here at Aveley Lodge, we provide an award-winning service which promotes dignity, respect, independence, choice, information and inclusion of all those living and working within our environment. We provide care for an individual’s holistic needs, creating a community where all feel valued, respected and involved. We ensure all residents are valued and assisted with the elements of their lives they wish for help with. We aim to empower people to control their current lives and their future direction to enable them to have a say in decisions which affect them. We couldn’t deliver this ethos without the dedication and hard work from our staff. So if you are hardworking, loyal, flexible and conscientious and able to demonstrate good effective communication skills, a high attention to detail and maintain absolute professionalism, then why not consider working for us?
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence” Colin Powel
As a member of our highly valued team, whatever your role within the company, you can be assured we will provide you with the following:
- A thorough, robust and comprehensive induction programme
- Assistance to complete the Care Act Certificate
- Regular Supervisions, Observations and Annual Appraisals
- Individual Personal Development Plans so you can choose what direction your career path follows
- Regular and in-depth training covering all mandatory units and access to external companies providing a wide range of courses whatever your level
- Staff uniforms and badge
- 5.6 weeks annual leave (pro rata) with additional leave granted depending on number of years’ service with the company
- Enhanced Overtime Rates
- Flexible rolling rota so you always know your shifts in advance
- Pension scheme (Employer 3% Employee 5%)
- The opportunity to take part in Staff Team Building days out
- Staff bonus scheme and “Staff of the Month” awards
- Staff “Buddy” Scheme
“Communication – The human connection is the key to personal and career success” Paul J Meyer
Why Work with us?
Apart from all the benefits listed above, our supportive H.R. department were finalists in the prestigious CaringUK awards 2017 in the category for “Commitment to Training and Development”. The judges said “The management team want their staff to feel fully supported as a team member”. In 2018, the Management were finalists in the CaringUK awards in the category for “Care Employer of the Year” and our H.R. department won the award for the “Commitment to Training and Development”. We also offer the staff “Buddy” Scheme, whereby new members of staff are paired up with an experienced member of staff who they will work closely with during their induction period to help them settle in and learn more about how we operate and our residents.
Aveley Lodge has worked with a company called Exploring Educational Opportunities (EEO) in Colchester for assistance with one of their educational courses they run in conjunction with Refugee Action – Colchester. EEO run courses to help refugees based in Colchester, find local employment by escorting them to various work place settings to see for themselves what work they may be interested in undertaking in the future and to start that first all important step in finding a job. Aveley Lodge hosted occasional visits to our premises from such refugees whilst under constant supervision by a member of EEO staff.
If you are still not sure if we are the right company for you, why not take a look at the following staff testimonials:
“After three years I still love working at Aveley Lodge Care Home. This is a “Home” for everyone, it is by no ways institutionalised or regimented. In a previous care role, I was told you had to be proud of where you worked, proud enough to place your own family in here and I certainly do feel like this about Aveley Lodge. I’d have no hesitations in placing any of my own loved ones here. I love how the management are related, the family influence shines through and I relish that as staff, we are also part of this one, big family!”.
“I have been working at Aveley Lodge for over two and half years now and I still love working here. It’s such a lovely place to work and we get lots of support. As an individual carer I feel I can go and use my own initiative and work independently as I have been instilled with the knowledge and confidence I need and the encouragement to do so. This is my first experience of working in a care home having previously worked in a non- care related role and I still love it. I feel very much part of a team and there are plenty of opportunities to advance yourself. The residents are so lovely, and the team as a whole are fantastic, we are one big family!”.
“As a member of the catering team, I have to say, Aveley Lodge is a fantastic place to work. In my previous line of work, I was lucky enough to visit many care homes and none compare to Aveley Lodge, it is an outstanding home. I’m always bowled over by the vast and varied activities offered here for the residents and how everyone is included whether you are a resident or a member of staff. As a member of staff, I feel valued, listened to and I’m very well looked after. I feel supported and have lots of training opportunities. The staff team are great, there’s lots of banter and everyone gets on”.
“I have been here for 5 years now and I think the main reason I have stayed so long is because Aveley is such a nice place to work. The Home itself is always clean and tidy which makes for a good working environment. It’s a family run business which I think makes such a difference. I have felt very much supported from the day I started here. I have dyslexia but this has not been a barrier at all and management have been so supportive of me with this. The training we as staff are offered here is fantastic, it’s so varied and in-depth. I know I can ask at any time if I want any further training in more specialist areas. We all have regular supervisions with management which are always positive and meaningful. I feel we get to have our say and if we do encounter any problems, they are dealt with in a professional manner”.
“I really enjoy working here at Aveley Lodge. As part of the catering team here, I get free reign of the menus in the kitchen, coming up with new ideas for the residents which is one of the best parts of the job for me. It allows me the flexibility to be creative and try out modern dishes. I enjoy every minute of working here, I have never had any problems and the Home couldn’t be any better. I have been here 3 and half years now and I love working with the residents. Some time ago, I started up the regular in-house cooking club and it gives me a chance to get out the kitchen and interact on a more personal level with the residents. We are a good team here and I do like the Staff Team building days, they are such fun!”
“I have worked at Aveley Lodge for 18 years. I have worked as a domestic then as a chef before going back to the domestic work when I wanted to work part time several years ago. I do like working here. I enjoy my work and those I work with. I love the building and I’m always being complemented on how nice, clean, tidy and smell free the Home is which I feel very proud of. The home is well run and as an employee, I feel very supported and looked after”.
“I have been working at Aveley Lodge for over 18 months now and I love it! It’s like working within the residents own home. It’s so clean, there are no unpleasant smells and it’s like no other care home I know of. I feel so supported here by my fellow work colleagues and by the management and there is so much training on offer. You certainly feel valued and included and get to have your say on important matters. Working here has definitely brought out a different side of me…fun-loving and I have gained more confidence. Even my own family have seen this change in me. It’s such a happy place to work and there are good vibes from the moment you walk in. I’m so happy to be working here! ”.
“Aveley is a happy, buzzing place to work. We as a team work very well together. You certainly have to be very well organised though! However, there’s lots of training on offer to help us and we all have a laugh together while working. We all support each other and we love it here just as much as the residents do!”
Aveley Lodge is fully committed to the eradication of unlawful and unfair discrimination and values the differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation. Aveley Lodge will not discriminate because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. All employees are responsible for the promotion and advancement of this policy. The Company is aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010. The commitment to monitor the composition of the existing workforce is set out in our Equal Opportunity Policy.
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners” Laurence Sterne
If you are interested in taking the next step in your career with us and would like to speak to someone about becoming a member of our highly valued team, then please call our Team Leader on 01206 729304 choosing option 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please complete the online application form. We look forward to hearing from you!