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Relief carer
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/21/10557
  • Published: Tue 16/08/2022, 12:57 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 31/12/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Nights, Weekends
  • Hours: 0 hours per week, Relief
  • Salary: £18,887 - £19,264 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Linsell House Ridgeway Ave, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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Relief carer

Team: Linsell House

Job Family: Supporting - CBG4

Salary: £18,887 - £19,264 per annum pro rata

Hours: 0 hours contract - as required by the service

Base Location: Linsell House, Dunstable

Contract Type: Relief - FIxed

Closing Date: Rolling advert to the end of December 2022

Interview Date: Applications will be reviewed on receipt, interviews arranged as required. 

About us:

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

This is a great time to join us on our journey.

About the role:

This is an exciting new opportunity for the right candidates to join our team at Linsell House on a relief zero hour contract. This will give the right person the flexibility and freedom to choose hours and working patterns to suit you with all the training benefits and opportunities that come from working within central Bedfordshire council 

In Adult Services we want every individual to have the chance to reach their full potential. By promoting independence, we help support them to make their own choices and become part of the community. Our Residential and Respite Services play a big part in this; offering accommodation, overnight short breaks and social opportunities to adults with Learning disabilities. As a Relief Worker, you’ll help support these individuals to expand their knowledge and skills. By helping every person find their greatness, you can find yours too.

Our team at Linsell House are passionate about providing adults within our care a 'home from home' environment which is safe, stimulating and welcoming. We are situated in Dunstable, a town in Central Bedfordshire with good transport links providing easy access to the A5, M1 and train links. Only 15/30 minutes travelling time from Luton, Stevenage, Flitwick, Bedford and Milton Keynes, we are ideally situated if you are looking to commute.

As a Casual Carer you will help ensure the physical, emotional and identified personal care needs of our adults are met through the provision of a supportive and caring environment. You will also work with adults and others to assess needs and to work jointly in the preparation, implementation and delivery of Care Plans, Risk Assessments, in keeping with the aims and objectives of the service.

From the most basic hygiene, daily life skills and interactions, through to more challenging tasks such as shopping and financial management, our Carers provide support and development to the people in our care, helping to meet their potential and improve their access and enjoyment of the wider community.

You will help with personal care, individual development, meals, medication, education and all other day to day activities, as well as making sure that the home is clean, tidy, warm and inviting; fulfilling the needs of the people and families regardless of disability, racial/cultural origin or gender.  You will take on responsibility for key working and attend all relevant meetings for your key person. You will be responsible for keeping Care Plans and Risk Assessments up to date and regularly reviewed for each person your key work. You’ll also work closely with other agencies (such as Health and Day services) as well as families.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a real difference to someone's life whilst developing your career in an organisation that can offer support, training and progression

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to speak to enthusiastic reliable and flexible people with excellent communications skills and a passion for caring for people with disabilities. NVQ Level 2 in Residential Social Care would be great, but we would love to hear from you if you have a genuine interest in the role and are willing to work towards the qualification.

We provide ongoing training opportunities for our team members to ensure that the successful candidate feels confident and competent to work with our adults.

Our homes offer care 24/7 so you will need to work on a shift basis, including, days, nights, sleep-ins, evenings and weekends.  This could also include support holidays/ Outings and day trips.

To join us, you must have experience in working with people with disabilities in a relevant setting. You’ll have an understanding of people with disabilities, and how to meet their needs and provide them with great opportunities. With experience in a caring role, you’ll be a positive, practical person. You will be adaptable, flexible and people-focused, with the ability to build professionals relationships. You will need to be able to write reports and use your initiative and think on your feet. 

Desirable Criteria but not essential 

•NVQ Level 2 in Social Care (England) qualified or working towards

•Good communication and listening skills

•Demonstrates a caring nature

•Excellent organisational skills

•Recognises cultural diversity

•Good team player

•Track record of showing initiative and sharing ideas

•Experienced in being positive and consistent

•Accurate record keeper

•Sound knowledge of disability

•Takes accountability for own training and continual professional development

•Ability to work within a 24/7 operation

•Good I.T skills

Bring your skills to our team and you’ll enjoy a generous benefits package, plus the support to achieve a relevant qualifications and continual training and professional development. You’ll also get the chance to find your greatness by giving people a brighter future.

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

What we can offer you 

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

  • Generous family friendly policies and practices
  • A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
  • Staff network and support groups
  • Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
  • An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
  • Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
  • Access to discounts from local and national retailers

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We  welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.


You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Mark Edmunds at or Charlotte Bond at or Kerry Harding at

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at



Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to improving the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the communities we serve.  Therefore we welcome applications from everyone. In addition we are a  Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.

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