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Maintenance Assistant/Gardener

£8.25 per hour
Preston ,

Oaklands is a long-established home with nursing care providing a range of services for adults with physical disabilities. Our home is a Victorian house set in extensive and magnificent grounds adjacent to the Lancaster canal in Dimples Lane, Garstang, Preston. 

Our residents make sure their home has a lively atmosphere! At their request we offer a wide range of daily activities including arts and crafts, drama, computer classes, quizzes and day trips. We also like to host events and invite the local community to join us. Our fully-trained staff work hard to ensure everybody is happy in their home. We support our residents to be independent and to take part in community activities as they wish.

We are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Assistant to be responsible for ensuring the efficient maintenance and safety of the service and its surrounding areas.

 At Valorum Care, we believe that everybody has the right to fulfil their potential and to grow and develop in accordance with their own beliefs, passions and interests. Valorum – which means “value” in Latin – ensure that everybody is valued for who they are as individuals.


Responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to:


  • To carry out general maintenance on the buildings, equipment and surrounding grounds to the required standard.
  • To plan a proactive maintenance schedule for agreement by the Service manager, incorporating any risk assessment requirements.
  • To manage time effectively, to maintain the provision of service to customers and meet the required standards of health and safety, prioritising workload accordingly.
  • To be responsible for ensuring ongoing safety checks take place of all electrical equipment in the building as required for annual certification (PAT testing).
  • To carry out any scheduled fire alarm test(s) in conjunction with the line manager, maintaining records of these.
  • To be responsible for general repairs required to customer’s accommodation and personal possessions as requested.
  • To carry out decoration of the premises.
  • To report & coordinate any repairs or maintenance work to be done by outside contractors.
  • To follow guidelines for COSHH when dealing with hazardous substances.

Person Specification

  • To have previous, relevant experience in an appropriate skill (e.g. plumbing or carpentry), or in a similar role.
  • A level 3 or 4 qualification in an appropriate skill would be advantageous.
  • To have a driving licence if required by the respective service. 
  • To be willing to work flexibly in accordance with the needs of the service.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to Valorum Care’s ethos and values.

We offer a competitive salary; extensive training and we will support you through your journey with Valorum every step of the way.

If you think that you would be a perfect fit for this role, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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