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Residential Home Cook

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

Do you enjoy creating healthy, home cooked meals? Are you looking for a position where you can make a difference to the lives of children and young people

Phoenix House is a residential home that accommodates up to 4 young people between the age of 11 and 17 years old, whose emotional and behavioural difficulties are such that they are unable to live within their own or a substitute family setting; and who require an environment in which they can come to terms with their past, in order that they may have a bright future.  

They say the heart of any home is the kitchen and as our in house Cook you will be a vital part of creating a warm and welcoming home for our young people.  

What will you be doing?

 You may have experience of working in a kitchen environment previously but this is not essential.  We are looking for someone who can make tasty home cooked, nutritious meals and may turn their hand at baking the occasional cake/dessert.  Organising “theme nights” (Burns Nights supper, American food theme night etc.) is also required. 

You would be responsible for menu planning, stock control and the cleaning of the kitchen.

Helping our young people develop their cooking and cleaning skills to help with their independence, introducing them to new foods and experiences and helping with skills such as budgeting

About you

A Food Hygiene Certificate would be an advantage but full training would be given to the suitable applicant. 

You are able to plan engaging menus  and effectively manage the food budget   

You find it easy to build positive relationships with young people and respect that although the kitchen is your main place of work, it is their home so maintain an inviting and welcoming atmosphere.

You have an understanding of safeguarding and feel able to report any concerns  


Our benefits

We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable, and flexible workforce alongside promoting innovation and creativity whilst keeping children, young people and families at the heart of all we do.

We really value our workforce and offer you a great benefits package including:

  • 28 days’ annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • A permanent, supportive and inclusive management team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • Free parking on site plus heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Free meals whilst on shift

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was established in November 2020 to deliver Children’s Services to the newly established North and West Northants County Councils. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils; this provides the organisation with unique opportunities to explore new ways of working and to be more agile and adaptable in its approach to service delivery. We are developing a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish and evolve, delivering at the cutting edge of new innovation. 

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