Staff Vacancies

Handyperson

Job Title: Handyperson
Hours: Part Time – 20 hours per week
Salary: Between £12 and £14 an hour (£12,514 - £14,600 pre tax))
Location: Guild Cottages, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire 
Reporting to: The Scheme Manager
Accountable to: The Board of Trustees

Municipal Charities provide high-quality independent living Almshouse accommodation for elderly persons. We are searching for a Handyperson who can help in the maintenance and smooth running of our five almshouses.

The post provides an exciting opportunity to join a close-knit team and contribute directly to the success of the organisation. The portfolio of property under management comprises five almshouses with 47 self-contained flats. Two of the properties have a private communal garden. There is also an office building. 

The Handyperson should have:

  • Property maintenance experience  
  • Good communication skills and a strong desire to support others
  • Experience of tasks such as carpentry, painting, tiling, , gardening and general electrical and/or plumbing work
  • A good work ethic and have an eye for detail
  • A good knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation

To be successful you will be able to identify and resolve simple maintenance problems and undertake routine gardening tasks such as mowing, weeding and hedge cutting. You will have a genuine interest in making a positive contribution to the charity and team. The appointment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Job role will include, but not be limited to:

Reporting to the Scheme Manager, to carry out and/or oversee planned and routine maintenance of the buildings and grounds to ensure that they are in good order. The key elements are: 

  • Undertake minor repairs as and when necessary
  • Report any resident concerns or requests re maintenance issues to the Scheme Manager
  • Undertake routine gardening services of around 8 hours a week from March to October and reduced gardening hours in winter.  
  • Carrying out minor repair works such as bleeding radiators, changing electric light bulbs, where these fall within individual competence to perform 
  • Small decorative repairs of residents’ apartments and communal areas when required following approval from the Scheme Manager
  • In periods of adverse weather keeping communal pathways clean and gritted as appropriate
  • Responding to occasional out of hours calls from the Scheme Managers for minor emergency repairs/faults

Health and Safety

In liaison with the Scheme Manager:

  • Ensuring health and safety policies are followed on the charities properties
  • Carry out weekly inspections of vacant properties including checking boilers, running showers etc.  
  • Quarterly inspection of the drains and guttering (visual inspection from ground) to ensure that all drains are kept clean and free from obstructions
  • Monitor all external and internal communal lighting to ensure it is functioning correctly and efficiently
  • Undertaking any other reasonable task requested within individual competencies and after appropriate training if applicable

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following:

Requirement 

Essential 

Desirable 

Skills and Knowledge 

  • Knowledgeable about general repairs 
  • Knowledgeable about gardening
  • A team player
  • Good communication skills

Experience of tasks including plumbing, electrical, decorating, gardening. 

Education / Qualifications / Training 

  • Numerate and literate 
  • Willingness to undertake further training or qualifications 

Previous Experience 

  • Undertaking routine maintenance tasks
  • Proven ability to work on your own and as part of a team.
  • Experience of maintaining property
  • Working with vulnerable people 
  • experience of gardening 

 

Personal Attributes 

  • Flexible, reliable, caring, helpful, tactful, patient, friendly and consistent 
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Organised professional and punctual 
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Other 

  • Must be able to work flexibly. Occasional call out outside core hours (as one of several people on emergency call out list) 
  • Comply with policies and procedures relating to safeguarding, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, 
  • Satisfactory completion of a DBS check
  • Positive attitude towards others
  • Be aware of and support equal opportunities for all

Car owner / driver 

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is able to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and standards, and someone with extensive life experience and a desire to “give something back”. 

Further information about Municipal Charities can be found on our website www.municipal-charities.org.uk Recent annual accounts for Municipal Charities (214958) are available on the Charity Commission website which also provide more information on the history, trustees and modus operandi, including the committee structure.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please complete the attached application form.  

If you wish to discuss the position further do contact the Chief Officer, William Clemmey, on 07922 508913 or at chiefofficer@municharities.org.uk  

Please submit completed application forms by noon on 14 March to the Chief Officer, William Clemmey on chiefofficer@municipal-charities.org.ukor by mail to the Chief Officer, Municipal Charities of Stratford upon Avon, 6 Guild Cottages, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HD.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 23 March and we hope the successful candidate can start on 1 May 2021.