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Job Vacancies

Please see below for our current vacancies which can be applied for by emailing your CV to HR@chf.org.uk

Job descriptions for each role are at the bottom of the page.

NEW - Home Manager

Application deadline2nd June 2022

We are looking to recruit an ambitious, hands on leader, to support the delivery of an ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating for Residential Care. You will lead a team of skilled and dedicated support staff to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential and prepare them for life beyond CHF.

We will want you to lead by example and be willing to be involved in the occasional support and care of our young adults, in order to truly understand their needs, and build relationships with their families by speaking knowledgeably about their loved ones care. Doing this will also enable you to build strong, successful working relationships with your team, and ensure adherence to the values of our Code of Conduct. 

You will also have a thorough knowledge of relevant legislation policies, and regulatory requirements. You should ideally have a Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or equivalent, or a willingness to work towards this, which would be funded entirely by the Foundation.

This is a demanding role, but for the right candidate it will be an exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated multi-disciplinary team, and help us to deliver highly skilled and personalised support to the young adults we care for

What are we looking for?

  • The skills and experience to be able to coordinate the operational needs of the home including managing a team of up to 25 support workers working on a rotational shift basis
  • To lead and direct others to provide person centred support to children and young people with physical disabilities and complex health needs in order to promote independence and personal fulfilment
  • Proven experience in dealing with complex physical and medical disabilities
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social care or willingness to complete this within 12 months of joining
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to keep calm under pressure, be highly motivated, patient and enjoy working as part of a team
  • A working understanding of relevant legislation and policies
  • A positive attitude towards diversity in general and specifically towards the rights, independence, inclusion and choice for Young People with complex needs.

In return you will receive a competitive package which includes:

  • Starting Salary: £35,266 increasing to £38,537
  • Competitive annual leave entitlements
  • On-site Café, Gym & Yoga Sessions
  • Appreciation awards for long service
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • First-Class induction and training from qualified professionals
  • A workplace with a ‘feel good’ factor

Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance and proof of full, current COVID-19 vaccination for those joining our Social Care service.



Application deadline25th May 2022

You will be responsible for providing a domestic service to a residential bungalow ensuring that the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained at all times. You will also be responsible for preparing nutritious meals for our young people.

Description of role

  • You will be responsible for ensuring the overall hygiene of the residential bungalow, ensuring that all areas are clean and tidy at all times. 
  • Preparing and serving nutritious meals for our young people including blended food.
  • You will maintain housekeeping and meal stocks by managing food ordering and shopping within allocated budgets.
  • You will also be responsible for laundering which may include washing, drying and ironing.

Above all, we are looking for an individual with the following:

  • Caring, approachable and ideally with some cleaning experience, you'll have a flexible approach and have the ability to build good relationships quickly.
  • You will have a passion for ensuring your work is always completed to the highest standard.
  • You will hold a good working knowledge of special diets and food preparation to ensure the specific catering needs and diets are met.
  • Hold a current Food and Hygiene Certificate.
  • 37 hours per week – flexible working hours Monday - Friday, to be discussed at interview.

Support Worker-Days

Salary: £20,202-£23,299 per annum

Application Deadline: 31st May 2022

Chailey Heritage Foundation is seeking to recruit some great new Support Workers to work within a dedicated team responsible for providing personalised support to children and young adults, with a range of shifts and hours to fit in with your lifestyle! Apply via C.V today!

What are we looking for?

  • A basic sense of the care and support needs people with physical disabilities may have, and respecting them as individuals.
  • A commitment to providing the best quality support we can, to the children and young people within our care. 
  • Showing dignity and respect to the young people and staff you will be working with.

Why join us?

  • Competitive rates of pay starting at £20,202 (£10.50ph) rising to £23,299 (£12.11ph) based on a 37 hour contract
  • Pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Excellent Working Hours - we will work with you to find hours that fit around your life, as our Residential Bungalows have different requirements. For example you can work 7-10am five days per week, getting the young children ready for school.
  • Career Development - Opportunity to work towards a funded qualification in Health and Social Care
  • Comprehensive benefits package (please click here for further details)
  • Support & Guidance - You will be guided and supported by a team of dedicated trained staff

Teaching Assistant 

Salary: £10.50 per hour

Application Deadline: 31st May 2022

Apply via CV today

Job Profile

At Chailey Heritage School we pride ourselves on the skills and knowledge of our teaching assistants, and want to recognise and celebrate their achievements.  Over time they really become specialists in their field, and to acknowledge this we have created an exciting new accredited course which commences upon satisfactory completion of probation.  We offer a truly specialist type of education and to reflect that, our internal job title for this remarkable group of people is Education Assistant (EA), progressing to Specialist Education Assistant (SEA) once they have gained their SEA Award.

The Education Assistant role is vital in ensuring that all of our young people, no matter what their disability, can go to school to learn, make friends and have fun. It is hard work, and requires commitment, but it's a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy.

The role of an Education Assistant (EA)

The Education Assistant job is very different to that in a mainstream school. You will support the teacher in creating opportunities for the children to learn in their own individual ways. You will need to be creative, flexible, patient, and perceptive, as you will need to write down observations for the teacher. However, as well as supporting the teaching, you will be trained by nurses, therapists and senior staff to carry out many other medical procedures.

If you demonstrate a high level of skills at interview and have relevant prior experience,  for example, having working on our residential bungalows, or schools with pupils similar to ours, you may be eligible to start your employment with us as a SEA.

The documentation completed to achieve the SEA Award will provide a very high quality record of professional development and be extremely useful for SEAs who may want to progress their careers elsewhere; from time to time our SEAs go on to train as nurses, therapists, paramedics, SaLTs or teachers.

Why join us?

  • Competitive rates of pay starting at £10.50 per hour.
  • Pension scheme
  • Comprehensive benefits package including :
    • Gym discounts - savings of up to 25% on gym memberships. You can select from 3200 gyms, health clubs, boot camps and yoga studios.
    • Cycle2Work - savings of at least 32% on a new bike or accessories from Halfords
    • Mobile phone discounts -  average saving of 28% on an EE contract
    • Appreciation awards -  receive Love 2 Shop vouchers at key milestones throughout your career
    • For full details on our benefits please click here

Senior Support Worker

We are seeking 2 Senior Support Workers for our children's bungalows.

Competitive rates of pay starting at £24,492 per annum.

Application deadline: 29th May 2022

Working 37 hours per week on aggregate, the successful candidate will assist the manager with the operational delivery of a residential and/or respite service. They will lead and direct others to provide person centred support to children and young adults with physical disabilities and complex health needs, in order to promote independence and personal fulfilment.

Description of role

  • To work alongside the manager to ensure that the home is run in line CQC and/or Ofsted requirements.
  • In the context of CHF’s Policies and Procedures, to lead the team ensuring provision of personalised support to children and young adults.
  • To lead shifts as designated, ensuring that policies and procedures are adhered to and that required records are kept
  • To ensure that all children and young adults have a comprehensive and detailed Person Centred Plan (to include Health Plans), that is regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.
  • To ensure that all children and young adults are included and consulted in anything and everything to do with their daily living.
  • To facilitate a safe, homely, welcoming environment for children and young adults and to immediately address anything that may be detrimental to this.
  • To work alongside the manager and ensure that the health needs of children and young adults are monitored and to work alongside Chailey Heritage Clinical Services to ensure the best outcome for each individual.
  • To work in close liaison with staff from other bungalows, and to be part of the rota for the 24 hour bag, and the emergency on-call rota to cover nights.
  • To gain knowledge of the different methods of communication used and to ensure that staff make proper use of them  in order to enable and empower children and young adults to be heard and understood.
  • Prepare and administer medication and gastrostomy feeds (once trained and assessed as competent)
  • To support (once trained and assessed) the health needs of the young people as necessary in regard to their specific requirements, such as epilepsy, suction, oxygen etc. We are particularly interetsed in people who have experience of, or are willing to learn, skills in Long Term Ventilation/Tracheostomies
  • To plan and implement regular staff supervisions, performance management and annual appraisals as delegated by the manager. To act as a role model and to provide coaching and mentoring to staff.
  • To ensure that policies and procedures are adhered to and that required records are kept such that a complete audit trail can be evidenced.
  • To ensure that stringent safeguarding procedures are followed regarding children and young adult’s possessions and money (such as cash, bank cards etc.).
  • To drive the minibus (once trained and assessed as competent) to enable the young people and adults to take part in community activities and trips, and attend medical appointments.
  • To ensure personal aids and equipment are maintained in good order and always ready for use when necessary.
  • Must have or be willing to learn competency in the use of information technology (emails, Internet, Word, etc.) and be able to assist children and young adults when they require support with their electronic aids and devices.
  • Enhancing children and young adult’s lives by supporting the fulfilment of leisure activities which may include hydrotherapy and swimming.

Above all, we are looking for an individual with the following:

  • A good understanding of and the ability to abide by health & safety guidelines and ensure others do the same
  • To maintain excellent communication with our Clinical Care service at all times
  • To develop good working relationships with all members of staff and the people we support
  • You will have a passion for ensuring that the residents of Chailey Heritage Foundation have enriched and fulfilled lives.

Night Support Worker

Salary: £11.59 p.h.-£12.62 p.h.

Application deadline: 31st May 2022

Competitive rates of pay starting from £11.59 per hour rising to £12.62 per hour 

Variable shifts and hours available including half night shifts;

8.30pm – 7.30am, 8.30pm – 2.00am or 2.00pm – 7.30am.

Are you considering a new career?  Do you want a role that offers a sense of fulfilment and reward? If you answered yes, then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Apply via C.V. today

We are currently recruiting for Night Support Workers to join our residential night teams. In this role you will be working within a dedicated team of staff and will be responsible for providing personalised support to children and young adults with disabilities in our care.

The Night Support Worker role is hugely varied and challenging and no night is the same as such, you will be responsible for a variety of tasks such as:

  • Eating and drinking – learning how different children and young people can be helped to eat and drink safely.
  • Medicines – learning how to ensure that the children and young people you work with receive the correct medicine at the right time.
  • Epilepsy – learning how to safely manage children and young people who have seizures, and what to do in an emergency.
  • Manual handling – learning to use all sorts of equipment with the children and young people while keeping them and yourself safe.
  • Intimate care – ensuring that the children and young people’s hygiene needs are taken care of safely and with dignity
  • Powered mobility – learning to use powered wheelchairs and other equipment safely, and how to encourage the children and young people to learn to drive.
  • Safeguarding – you will be trained to understand all aspects of safeguarding, with an emphasis on what this means for children and young people with disabilities.

Training and support

For all these duties, and more, you will receive first-class induction and ongoing training from qualified professionals, and you will not be expected to carry them out alone until you have been signed-off as competent. This includes supporting you to achieve a level 3 Diploma as a nationally recognised qualification. You will be assigned a ‘buddy’ to guide you on shift, and a mentor will provide regular meetings to make sure that you are confident in your new role; you will also receive support and guidance from your house manager and senior support workers. 

What are we looking for?

  • Basic knowledge of care
  • Literacy & Numeracy skills
  • ICT skills
  • Communication skills
  • Flexibility to work as part of a rota
  • Personality

Activities Coordinator

Application deadline25th May 2022

We are recruiting for an Activities Coordinator to join our dedicated team of staff in our Future's Homes.

Hours of work are 30 - 37 hours per week, including evening and fortnightly weekend working, hours to be discussed at interview.

We know how important it is for young people, whatever their abilities, to explore their capabilities and pave a way forward for the future. Our emphasis therefore is on living and learning, and optimising the power of potential – be it small steps or gigantic leaps!

To help achieve this we are recruiting for an Activities Coordinator who will be responsible for ensuring that our young people have a range of stimulating and enjoyable activities and events. 

Above all else we are looking for those with the following; 

  • Experience planning and organising enjoyable trips, events and activities
  • Excellent administration and organisational skills
  • Previous experience working with young people with disabilities
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels

Benefits of working for Chailey Heritage Foundation

What we offer


​Golden Hello for newly appointed employees in front line roles

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are now offering a ‘Golden Hello’ of £600 for newly appointed employees for roles that involve working directly with the young people at school, in our residential bungalows or in the community.
The £600 will be paid in three payments over twelve months, provided the eligibility criteria is met. 

  • 1st payment £200 – in first payroll after joining
  • 2nd payment £200 – after 6 months on satisfactory completion of probation
  • 3rd payment £200 – after 12 months employment 

All payments are subject to satisfactory performance.  And all subject to PAYE.

Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance and proof of full, current COVID-19 vaccination for those joining our Social Care service.

We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills, and stories to join our staff team and influence and develop our working practice. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and will invite for interview all candidates who meet the role criteria. Chailey Heritage Foundation are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

As part of our recruitment process, Chailey Heritage Foundation (CHF) collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants.  CHF is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data to meet its obligations under GDPR.  Please ensure you have reviewed our privacy policy prior to completing an application with us.


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