Working for Norwood Ravenswood in Crowthorne We’re a leading disabilities charity with a top class residential service a short distance from Crowthorne town centre. With nearly 500 staff working at the campus, we’re a top employer in the area, with a well-deserved reputation for offering highly rewarding careers in the care sector. We’re recruiting – join us! Whether you’re a qualified care worker, or totally inexperienced, we have a range of vacancies to suit you, and a training programme that will help you gain qualifications in the care industry. You’ll be joining an amazing organisation with over 200 years of heritage, and with plans underway for a rebuild of the care homes, there’s never been a more exciting time to become part of the Norwood family. Our Ravenswood site is made up of thirteen different care homes set in the countryside, along with an activity centre, a hydrotherapy pool and a horse-riding centre, so there’s always a job that you’ll love. We offer a range of benefits, shifts to suit your lifestyle, training programmes with industry accredited qualifications – and most importantly, one of the most richly enjoyable jobs you can imagine. Why work for us? Norwood is all about the people we support, our supporters and the people who work with us, both staff and volunteers. We offer a range of staff benefits, from a generous pension scheme, childcare support, eye care vouchers, discounts in a large number of high street retailers, a cycle to work scheme, and discounted mobile phones. We are proud of our commitment to our employees, and offer a range of training programmes with industry accredited qualifications which will support you in your career. Read Vicki’s Story We took five minutes to chat to Vicki who works as a support worker in Eretz, one of the 13 care homes based at Ravenswood. Eretz currently houses ten people with learning disabilities and some with physical disabilities – the home was recently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission. Read Vicki’s story here. About Ravenswood The Ravenswood residential school was established when a house in Crowthorne was purchased by four families to provide care and education for four 11 year old boys. After the acquisition of a second home and a farm five years later, the Ravenswood Foundation was formed. In 1996, Norwood and Ravenswood merged to create Norwood Ravenswood, the largest Jewish organisation in Europe specialising in children and family care. Today the Ravenswood campus is a leading provider of care to people with learning disabilities, and a vital provider of employment in Mid-Berkshire. About Norwood Norwood transforms the lives of over 4,000 vulnerable children and their families, adults with learning disabilities and autism, and children with special educational needs. We provide the highest-quality care, tailored to individual needs, to thousands of people across London and the South‑East to help them lead the most active, inclusive lives they can. Founded in 1795, Norwood is proud of its rich history of helping the community’s most vulnerable people. To this day we stay true to our original mission, to help people change their lives for the better. Contact Us If you’re interested in a fulfilling career in social services — then send us an email or speak to our recruitment team on 020 8809 8809. About Our Care Homes 1. Kadimah Kadimah is a home for 9 individuals. The people we support have a variation of needs and degrees of support required. We would ideally be looking for people that have experience working with people with learning disabilities, dementia, cerebral palsy, challenging behaviour and autism although for the right candidate full training can be supplied. 2. Eretz Eretz is a home for 7 individuals. The people we support have a variation of needs and degrees of support required. We would ideally be looking for people that have experience working with people with learning disabilities, dementia, challenging behaviour and autism although for the right candidate full training can be supplied. 3. The Firs The Firs is home to 9 people with an age range of 49-72, all of whom are fairly independent, but do require support with personal care, and all require support when in the community. As well as learning disabilities we also support people who are physically disabled and a person with duel diagnosis (LD and mental health). General interests of the people we support include music, art, trains, buses, shopping and meals out. 4. Tikvah and Woodpeckers Tikvah is Home to 5 gentlemen aged between 38 and 57, each of whom is on the autistic spectrum and some of whom also have a physical disability. Woodpeckers are currently Home to three, ladies all aged over 30 (don’t ask a lady her age!) The shared theme in both areas of our Homes is a sense of humour, all of the people we support enjoy having a laugh with their support teams. We need team members who aspire to make a difference, are willing to pursue a wide range of activities and have the understanding that autism makes our world a little different and that communication may be a little more complex. 5. Pamela Barnett Pamela Barnett is a residential service for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Currently there are 15 residents living at the home, accommodation for 16 and the residents mix is quite varied. The residents live in flats in the service, with 4 residents to each flat. Each flat has its own communal area, kitchen as well as personalised bedrooms which are person centered towards the needs of the resident. There is also a communal area where all residents can get together. All the residents at Pamela Barnett enjoy attending activities outside the home, such as swimming, horse riding and engaging in other fun opportunities. Staff work 3 days only and contracted hours are 39 per week. 6. Copper Beech Copper Beech is home to three people who receive a bespoke service. They are living with severe and complex learning disabilities and an additional mental health condition. Each person lives in their own one bedroom flat and enjoy a lifestyle tailored to their individual needs. The people who live in Copper Beech are supported to engage in physical activities such walking and swimming. They have their own cars so they can be supported to go out when they want to. They enjoy reading, singing, music and talking with their support staff as well as watching a film or pottering in the garden. 7. Orchard Orchard is a busy home for four gentlemen and five ladies ages between 31-67 years. The people we support in the home have moderate to severe learning disabilities with complex behaviours. You would be supporting people who have epilepsy, are on the autistic spectrum and people who have additional mental health conditions. The people who live in Orchard are lively and love to be with their support staff, talking and being busy. If you are dynamic and want to help people to get the most out of life then you will find Orchard a very rewarding place to work – seeing the immediate effect your support and encouragement gives to people. You will be part of a bigger staff team and will be given all the training you need to do a great job. 8. Farmhouse Farmhouse s a home for 7 people and 1 respite placement every other weekend, ages range from 53-76, a small staff team of 10. The home supports people with mixed abilities, some people who are fairly able, although we also support people with dementia and a terminal illness. 9. Tova Tova is a home for 8 people ranging from 25-69. The needs are varying although most people have severe epilepsy; some with profound learning disabilities, Dementia and the majority are non-verbal and find engagement difficult. We require staff to be willing to support fully with all areas of personal care and hoisting for some. There is a large staff team of 26 people. Shift patterns are 3 long days a week and this includes weekends. Currently only female staff can be considered but will take on people with no previous experience, just require the correct attitude. 10. Elms The Elms is a home located in a pleasant countryside setting, and currently accommodates 8 people. There are 5 females and 3 males, and their ages range from 53 to 71. Three people have their own self-contained flats. The people we support present with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities, and we would ideally be looking for staff who have previous experience of working in a learning disability setting. Familiarity with complex (challenging) behaviour, epilepsy and dementia would also be useful; however we would also consider people with no experience but who have a positive attitude, work well as part of a team, and have a willingness to learn. The Elms is a busy but welcoming home, and we strive to make a difference to the lives of the people who live here. 11. The Green The Green is a residential service for 13 adults with varying degrees of learning disability and support needs. All 13 residents have their own bedsits around a grassy area, hence the name The Green. We run in house activities such as Green Horizons a weekly community outing; we go bowling each week and participate in the local challenge club and railway club. One of the gentlemen living at the Green runs the bi weekly Village disco. Life is never dull or boring supporting such an active humorous group, they certainly keep us on our toes. 12. The Tager Centre The Tager Centre is home for 16 people on the Autistic spectrum. The building is split into four flats where 4 people live in each. The people in Tager also benefit from a large activity garden that consists of raised beds to do their gardening and a summer house to relax in after spending time on the gym equipment. It’s very important that staff working in Tager have some knowledge of Autism as well as working with those who have a learning disability. Staff work 36hrs a week doing three long days, there is opportunities for overtime. 13. Supported Living Each home is bespoke to the individuals living their, with their support being tailored to their individual needs. We have 2 flats where people live in their own accommodation. The tenants like to take pride in their own homes making them homely and welcoming; if you are committed, hard working, fun and wanting to assist someone to flourish in their daily lives, this could be the team for you. Contact Us If you’re interested in a fulfilling career in social services — then send us an email or speak to our recruitment team on 020 8809 8809.