Enquiries: 01449 781691
Westhorpe Hall, Westhorpe,
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4SS
Home from home care
Working or volunteering with us
"While we have a policy of preferring to recruit staff locally, from time to time we do source staff from further afield. So don't hesitate to apply."
There is currently opportunities for a relief cook and an apprentice carer.
For current vacancies or if you would like to send your CV for our future reference please email us here.
Training is vital and on-going
Commitment to training
We are highly committed to the training and development of our team of carers and support staff.
Our care home offers specialist Dementia services, with all our staff receiving up-to-date training, to ensure we deliver effective services tailored around an individuals' needs. We have developed new and creative ways to improve the experience for our residents, which includes a unique staff-training programme.
The full training programme consists of NVQ level three in health and social care, first aid, moving and handling, administration of medication, fire safety, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, infection control, Equality and diversity, Health and Safety, person centred care with dignity, pressure sore care, nutrition, and feeding and swallowing and many other programmes that may be needed to care for individual’s needs.
The thoroughness of this programme ensures our staff deliver an excellent quality of care - and this is the reassurance that families and residents need that Westhorpe Hall provides the right level of skilled staff.
As part of our commitment to training we also regularly take on apprentices. This scheme is designed to introduce young people to the work experience and our aim is to see them qualified up to the level three NVQ in health and social care.
If you want to discuss the possibility of an apprenticeship please contact our office on 01449 781691.
All new staff must also undergo criminal record checking through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Volunteering is encouraged
We want our local community to be involved.
We see Westhorpe Hall as having a valuable role to play in our local community, which is why we have adopted our 'open doors' policy.
We believe in the benefits of multi-generation contact. Both ends of the age spectrum can benefit and learn a lot from each other. This is why any of our locals, including children, who'd like to spend time with our residents are very welcome to do so.
Wide choice of opportunities
What could you do? The choice is wide. For instance, as part of a young person's Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme challenge they could meet with our residents - perhaps to explain how to use new technology to them or to arrange to entertain some. Or it could be a desire to practice playing an instrument (pianists are especially welcome - our residents really enjoy sing-a-longs) where their endeavour will be appreciated. Or it may just be dropping by to get to know some of our 'guests', sharing skills with them, or simply having a cup of tea and a chat. Whatever you want to do, feel free to drop in.
If you'd like to make a contribution, then give our Manager a call in advance to set up a visit up. Alternatively, you can email us.
As with our care staff, all volunteers will need to be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked – this is free for volunteers.