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Eden Valley Hospice & Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice is a wonderful place to work. Our staff are our greatest asset in providing our community with the very highest standard of care. From our medical and nursing staff to our housekeepers, from our fundraising team to our support staff, we are all part of the Hospice team: working together to make the Hospice the best it can be.

Here you can see all of our current vacancies. If there’s nothing suitable at the moment, please feel free to get in touch by emailing hr@jigsawhospice.org to let us know what you’re interested in. Or have you thought about volunteering? If you’re looking for a job, volunteering is a great addition to your CV and can help you stand out from the crowd. Take a look at our volunteer vacancies.

November 2020 Update:

Like many other charities and businesses, Eden Valley Hospice has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, our doors have remained open to provide palliative and end of life care and support to adults and children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

We’ve recently reviewed our organisational structure to make sure it is fit for purpose and able to support us to provide care for many years to come. As part of that review, we have identified a number of posts that we wish to recruit to.

If you have the right knowledge, skills and experience for one of our vacancies, we’d love you join our much-loved local charity, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021.

We have undertaken appropriate assessments to ensure that our workplaces are COVID-secure, and are adhering to all Government and best practice guidance to ensure that our employees remain safe during the pandemic.

Assistant Chef

Assistant Chef

Permanent position – up to 20 hours per week, working 1 in 4 weekends. Typically working 3 – 4 shifts per week.

Salary up to £11,369 (Full time equivalent salary £21,317 per annum, hourly rate equivalent £10.89). Shift enhancements for weekend and bank holiday working available.

Location: Carlisle

We are developing our Catering Department at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, and have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Chef to join our team.

We are now in a position where we would like to be able to expand our services and offer light lunches to our staff members along with buffets for external organisations who are utilising our facilities. The right candidate will be part of this exciting increase in catering opportunities and will bring their own ideas, creative flair and enthusiasm to the role.

The successful candidate will work alongside our Catering Coordinator and Assistant Chefs, preparing nutritious, home cooked meals for our patients and services users, which cater for a range of dietary requirements.

You will already have some catering experience, along with a passion for delivering high standards and experience of working with a variety of dietary requirements. You will have excellent communication skills, with a hardworking and compassionate approach to work.

This is an extremely rewarding role, where you will have time to take pride in supporting the provision of high-quality care to our patients and service users.

You’ll be working shifts based on a 4 week rolling rota.

Weekdays - 9:00am to 3.00pm or 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday - 9:00am to 6:30pm
Sunday - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Due to the nature of the catering department flexibility with working hours is required

Our teams have a sense a pride working for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. We are specialists in what we do, and we are respected and valued by our community.
As a small organisation it means we work closely across teams here and ideas for improvement can be adopted and trialled quickly. Our leadership team is visible and approachable, and you will have the chance to influence the work of the hospice.

Our staff survey reflects an employer which values people and a place where their development is encouraged.
While the cost-of-living crisis is bringing us challenges – we are stable and ambitious for the future, and we are excited about opportunities to collaborate with our health and care partners and our community.

Here is what some of our current catering team said about working at the Hospice:

“A rewarding and fulfilling role” - Sarah – Assistant Chef

“We are here for the patients” - Mary – Assistant Chef

“We have a fantastic team of staff – all working together to deliver the highest standard of food” – Bev – Hospitality Lead

For an informal discussion or visit, or if you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t quite align to every requirement, please contact Bev Armstrong, Hospitality Lead, on 01228 817643 or via e-mail beverley.armstrong@edenvalleyhospice.org to discuss potential development opportunities.

We offer some great benefits including:
- Competitive salary
- Free, confidential access to our Employee Assistant Programme
- Life insurance for all staff working regular hours
- Free, onsite parking

For details of the benefits of working for the Hospice, click here.

To apply for the post, please complete an application form. For guidance on making an application, please click here.

Closing date: 10am, Friday 14th April 2023

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Job Description and Person Specification

Downloadable Application Form

Eden Valley Hospice & Jigsaw is an equal opportunity employer.

All posts are subject to recruitment checks.