Are you interested in improving the lives of people with a learning disability?
Would you like to work in the beautiful environment of our estate in the Scottish Borders?

Then come and work with us.

Mon – Friday (9:00 – 14:00)

Main Purpose of Role
Providing a balanced and healthy diet for residents is extremely important at Garvald West Linton; lunch is the main meal of the day and communal eating is encouraged. Each House has its own Cook, who plays an integral part in the daily running of the household.

Key Priorities
• To provide a biodynamic/organic healthy balanced and varied lunch menu from Monday to Friday for around 15 people, to be eaten at 1.00 pm.
• To support residents’ in accompanied cooking to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence
• Alongside residents and House Manager, plans menus around existing Garvald lunch ‘traditions’ e.g. meat twice per week on Wednesday and Sunday, fish on Friday etc.
• Works closely with Garvald’s gardeners to make best use of produce from the bio-dynamic garden and collaborates on creative projects for growing and cultivating
• Develops, fosters and supports, wherever possible, the use of high quality produce of bio-dynamic or organic origin. Ensures all produce is cooked using appropriate cooking methods
• Maintains good stock rotation practices and in liaison with the House Manager, orders and purchases provisions as necessary for the running of the kitchen within a stated annual budget. This includes, as a minimum, a monthly meat order to Garvald Home Farm and regular orders from organic providers such as Green City and Organic World
• Ensures all produce is used economically with minimum wastage and recycling is conducted appropriately
• Supports residents in activities in the kitchen including supervised safe handling of all equipment and ensures all kitchen workers maintain a high standard of hygiene
• Responsible for health and safety issues in the kitchen and adheres to all health and safety policies including the reporting and recording of accidents and incidents
• Respects and adheres to the recommendations given by the Environmental Health department of the Local Authority, following any announced or unannounced inspection and to keep all Environmental Health records up to date
• Adheres to Garvald West Linton’s Food Risk Assessment and Good Hygiene Practice guidelines for cooks and keeps this document up to date e.g. fridge and freezer temperatures, food temperatures and meal ingredients
• Awareness of residents’ physical and emotional needs and responds to them appropriately, conducting themselves in accordance with the Codes of Practice
• Provides updates and reports on residents for presentation at their review
• Attends planning meetings in the house as required
• Assists with the preparation and cooking of food for festivals throughout the year including residents’ birthdays
• Assists (on rotation) with day service users’ Lunch Club

Skills, Abilities and Personal Attributes

• Friendly and caring approach with ability to relate to residents with a wide variety of complex challenges and needs
• Commitment to embracing and understanding the principles of social therapy (based on the Rudolph Steiner principles) and their application in a residential setting.
• Tact and sensitivity with a respectful approach to residents
• Patience, resilience and reliability with the ability to remain calm under pressure
• Team working skills and the ability to use own initiative
• Ability to work to health and safety guidelines and follow necessary processes and procedures

Hourly Rate: £8.45 per hour
Closing date for applications is on Tuesday 6th February 2018. If you are interested in the position please forward a letter to the management group with a reason as to why you are interested in the position.


We have an Office Administrator role within the main office for 40 hours per week Monday to Friday 8:30 to 17:00

Main Purpose of Role:

Reporting to the HR Manager, the Office Administrator will provide administrative service to the management and assist the HR Manager in their operational role.


Provides reception and telephone cover

Meet visitors for appointments. Conduct them to the meeting room and offer refreshments.

Keep a diary of review dates, Send out invites in advance. Type up minutes from review meetings.

Ensures all filing (staff and residents is up to date) and, in conjunction, with the HR Manager, to ensure that all files are held securely.

Ensures sufficient supplies of stationery and to re-order when necessary.

Ensures office equipment is properly maintained.

Carries out a variety of HR administrative tasks delegated by the HR Manager including but not restricted to:

• Recruitment and Selection administration for example, dealing with correspondence and setting up interviews with candidates; ensuring offer letters are sent out together with contracts/written statements; chasing up any not returned
• Administration in relation to disciplinary and grievance matters for example booking venues and ensuring confidentiality during meeting, ensuring correspondence is sent out in a timely manner
• Administration in relation to Leavers and Exit Interviews
• Updating training database as and when required
• Ensure the relevant HR database is up to date, accurate and complies with legislation
• Administration of Payroll Timesheets

Assists management in the administration of residents’ care plans including typing up final care plans and circulating to appropriate colleagues

Assists the Finance Manager in administration of Petty Cash and invoicing

Ad-hoc minute taking at various internal meetings

Please note that the list is non exhaustive and other ad hoc administrative duties will be required on as and when risen basis

Skills, Abilities and Personal Attribute

• Highly computer literate with knowledge of MS Office packages, email and internet use.

• Good organisation skills

• Attention to detail

• Flexibility - needs to be able to turn their hand to most administrative tasks

• Managing own time effectively

• Good interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills – able to form effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels

• The Office Administrator has access to sensitive personal information in particular in relation to her/his work assisting HR Manager - integrity and trust are therefore an integral part of the role

Salary: £18,000 per annum

Closing date for applications is on Tuesday 13th February 2018. If you are interested in the position please forward a letter to the management group with a reason as to why you are interested in the position along with your most up to date CV.


working hours 9.30 pm - 7.30 am (10 hours) we are flexible about the number of shifts worked


Full-time and Part-time posts. Especially people who are able to work weekends. Living-in or Live-out posts>
For further details and a job description, please contact or tel 01968 682211


To run one of our residential houses. This a residential post with a 2 bedroom flat provided to the postholder. Experience of residential work with Adutls with a learning disability is essential.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and will have at least five years experience in working with adults with a learning disability. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a B.A. in Curative Education or a B.A. in Social Pedagogy, but will consider applicants who hold a qualification that would allow them to register with the Scottish Social Services Council at the supervisory level, or can demonstrate their willingness to work towards a relevant qualification.

For more information and/or an informal discussion or visit, please email or telephone 01968 682211.