Resident Befriender and Digital Communications Assistant

Join our dedicated team working for a small charity-run care home in Reading

This job is available as part of the government’s Kickstart scheme. The post is open to anybody aged 16-24 in receipt of Universal Credit. Young people can apply by visiting their local job centre and speaking to their Work Coach and referencing the job title above. 

We’re working in partnership with Charityworks, the UK-non-profit sector’s Kickstart gateway as part of a collaborative effort to power up our sector with exceptional talent and make a real impact on youth unemployment. So as part of their paid job at The Abbeyfield Reading Society successful applicants will also take part in a supported six-month development offer delivered by Charityworks. The programme will equip the young person with the connections, experiences, tools and insight needed to succeed in their day job, and will also help them to build a peer community, and skills to transition well beyond the placement, and develop long term careers in the non-profit sector. 

Main duties

  • You would work with each resident to understand their likes and dislikes, abilities and needs to put together an individual social plan.
  • Provide one-to-one social activity that stimulate and engage residents' mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Offer residents the opportunity to recall and record aspects of their life, for example, their life story, working life, life in Reading when they were young etc.
  • Help residents to keep in contact with family and friends using iPads and other devices.
  • Develop the use of IT for residents from personal use of tablets to live streaming of faith services and other events into the home.
  • Promote the activities of the home on social media and the website.


  • Relevant on the job training
  • Development programme by Charityworks
  • Two weeks holiday
  • DBS check paid for
  • Free hot meals and drinks

About you

For this role, ideally you would:

  • be a caring and enthusiastic person who is able to build relationships with a wide range of people
  • have an understanding of pastoral care and activity delivery
  • have a good sense of humour
  • enjoy spending time with older people
  • DBS check required.

You will be:

  • reliable and have the ability to relate well to others
  • have a warm, friendly, adaptable, caring approach
  • be open-minded and tolerant of different lifestyle and values
  • be able to work within personal and organisational boundaries.

About us

We aim to provide a home with high quality accommodation and a stimulating environment to maintain a socially active community that will directly benefit the mind, body and soul. Families and residents highly value our team and the family feel in our home.

Abbeyfield House care home was built in 1996 and has 28 residents. It is owned and operated by a charity, The Abbeyfield Reading Society Limited, set up in 1961. As a not-for-profit organisation the best interests of our residents are at the heart of everything we do and any profits we make are used to improve services to our residents and secure the long-term future of the home.

To protect our residents, all staff and volunteers are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked.

To apply

To apply for this post please contact your Work Coach at your local Job Centre.

Closing date 18 June 2021

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This post is subject to a DBS check.

Job Closing Date:
18 June 2021

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