Careers in adults’ residential services, day opportunities and shared lives

We are seeking individuals who are committed and enthusiastic about making a difference to people's lives.

About us

Residential, Day Opportunities and Shared Lives Services support adults to live full and independent lives by providing support and personal care to meet people’s individual needs. Our staff work with people to co-design and involve them on every aspect of the support they require.

People are supported to be as self-managing as possible in all aspects of daily living. We listen and work with individuals to support them to respond in a safe way when experiencing personal anxiety and crisis. We are registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide regulated activities such as personal care.

We aim to support people to a high standard as indicated by their personal wishes and aspirations to enable them to achieve their chosen outcomes to the best of their ability.

We pay great attention to support people with their emotional and practical needs and empower them to contribute to their own personal development. We aim to maximise their life experiences, enabling them to exercise their rights and choice, thus empowering them to become valued and respected citizens within the community.

We believe that adults with care and support needs should have the best opportunity to lead healthy and independent lives and we focus on:

  • co-designing support (supporting people in a way that works for them)
  • increasing people’s independence and supporting them to help themselves
  • encouraging people to learn new skills
  • making sure that people have choice and control over the way they live their lives, the support they receive and the services they use
  • challenging discrimination and promoting equality
  • working with people to look creatively at finding practical solutions
  • keeping people safe from abuse and neglect.

Read about our new Adult Social Care strategy and Council Plan.

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Our community hubs and homes

Community hubs

We have eight community hubs within Day Opportunities:

  • Burnside in Burgess Hill - (Laura Edwards, Manager - 033 022 22468)
  • Chestnuts Day Centre in Bognor Regis - (Katie Chadwick, Manager - 01243 841708)
  • Glebelands Day Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea - (Martin Fletcher, Manager - 01273 268920)
  • Judith Adams Day Centre in Chichester - (Gloria Kainja, Manager - 01243 753761)
  • The Laurels in Rustington - (Tania Reynolds, Manager - 033 022 24263)
  • The Rowans in Worthing - (Michael Page-Hammond, Manager - 01903 276861)
  • The Strawford Centre in Horsham - (Mandy McGavock, Manager - 01403 261488)

If you would like to find out more about working in our community hubs and of any opportunities available, our managers would be happy to speak to you.


We have six residential care homes within Residential Services:

  • Ball Tree Croft in Lancing - (Donna Gilbert, Registered Manager - 01903 753330)
  • Hammonds in Bognor Regis - (Caroline Badger-Clark, Registered Manager - 01243 841005)
  • Hobbs Field in Horsham - (Ian Storey, Registered Manager - 033 022 23641)
  • New Tyne in Durrington - (Simon Kral, Registered Manager - 01903 277412)
  • Stanhope Lodge in Worthing - (Tracey Wheeler, Registered Manager - 033 022 26620)
  • Tozer House in Chichester - (Maria Gahete, Registered Manager - 033 022 27807)

If you would like to find out more about working in our residential care homes and of any opportunities available, our managers would be happy to speak to you.

You can see where our community hubs and residential homes are based in West Sussex on the Adults' Services WSCC map.

Why work for us

Roles and pay

Roles and pay

We have a diverse range of direct care roles where you can make a genuine difference to people’s lives.

All roles involve working in teams on a rota basis, which are planned in advance (including working evenings, weekends and bank holidays).

The salaries below show what you can expect:

Day opportunities

  • Manager (Grade 12) - £43,516 to £46,549
  • Assistant Manager (Grade 10) - £35,411 to £38,296
  • Coordinator (Grade 8) - £28,371 to £31,099
  • Senior Support Worker (Grade 6) - £23,194 to £24,496
  • Support Worker (Grade 4) - £21,575 to £21,968

Residential services

Hours of service is 24/7. Working pattern to include rolling weekend rota.

  • Registered Manager (Grade 12 - 12A) - £43,680 to £46,717 (includes weekend working allowance). Without allowance - £43,516 to £46,549
  • Registered Assistant Manager (Grade 10) - £35,565 to £38,477 (includes weekend working allowance). Without allowance - £35,411 to £38,296
  • Senior Support Worker (Grade 8) - £28,519 to £31,249 (includes weekend working allowance). Without allowance - £28,371 to £31,099
  • Community Connector/Care worker (Grade 7) - £25,528 to £27,984 (includes weekend working allowance). Without allowance - £25,409 to £27,852
  • Support worker (Grade 6) - £23,302 to £24,611 (includes weekend working allowance). Without allowance - 23,194 to £24,496
  • Support Worker (Grade 5) - £22,369 to £22,777 (plus weekend working enhancement available)
  • Support worker (Grade 3) - £20,812 to £21,189 (plus weekend working enhancement available)
  • Night Support Worker (Grade 5) - £22,369 to £22,777 (plus unsocial hours and weekend working enhancement available)
  • Night Support Worker (Grade 3) - £20,812 to £21,189 (plus unsocial hours and weekend working enhancements available)
  • Cook (Grade 4) - £21,575 to £21,968 (plus weekend working enhancement available)

Professional development and career progression

Professional development and career progression

We value our staff teams and offer a wide range of learning opportunities, developing our staff through succession and career planning. We also offer a robust in-house induction for all our staff when they start with us.

We are highly committed to supporting your professional progression and we offer you:

  • a clear training pathway to develop and promote talent and standards of practice and provide opportunities to progress at each level of the organisation
  • at least 20 days training in your first year of joining us
  • a clear career path of progression from unqualified to senior qualified within two to three years
  • Support and funding for a range of Apprenticeships/Diplomas in Care ranging from level 2 to level 5, in line with the requirements of each role.
  • opportunities to increase your experience and skills and develop your career by working in our different settings.

For all other roles, a training and development plan will be put in place, tailored to your experience and aspirations.



We offer an attractive package that includes the following:

  • A generous holiday entitlement up to 29 days with the opportunity to buy an additional 3 days annually.
  • Various working patterns and shift opportunities.
  • Excellent opportunities for development and fully funded professional qualifications to help you be the best you can be and to succeed.
  • An excellent local government pension scheme.
  • Approximately 22 days of training within your first year.
  • You will receive weekend working and sleep-in allowances if you work weekends or night shifts.
  • Employee assistance programme offering 24/7 support for you and your family for a range of things, including personal counselling, support and mental wellbeing.
  • A wide range of staff discounts on the high street and leisure activities, including days out and eating out.
  • A career pathway enabling you to plan and follow a career within Adults’ Services.
  • A diverse and inclusive workforce, with active support groups for BAME, LGBTQ, mental health, carers, disability, and women.
  • Joining a listening employer that values you and celebrates your successes.

We also have a range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives, including:

  • season ticket loans for public transport to and from work
  • discounted bus and train tickets
  • car benefit scheme where you can offset your salary in exchange for a brand-new car
  • cycle to work scheme - a salary sacrifice scheme where you can get a bike for a healthy way to travel.

For more details, visit our rewards and benefits page.

Cook vacancies

Cook vacancies

Are you a keen team player?

Are you looking for your next challenge with a supportive team by your side?

Do you have the skills to create healthy and nutritious recipes a high standard?

We’re looking for cooks to join our friendly, enthusiastic and hardworking residential teams across West Sussex! Join us today and make a difference.

These services can support up to 15 people who are supported by the team to live a full life where they are at the centre of having choice and control over their everyday lives.

Find out more or apply today (external link)

For further information, or for an informal chat, contact one of our teams:

About you

We are often looking for people to work with us who display the right attitudes and skills to be able to work with our services, such as the following:

  • Able to build relationships with people and ensure their views are heard and that their needs are met.
  • Able to organise/prioritise work, co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way and meet agreed deadlines.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to provide clear and concise specialist advice and guidance.
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills in order to interpret written material and create written reports.
  • Ability to undertake or support people with any necessary financial requests.
  • Ability to assess situations and recognise the need to report any areas of concern to managers.

On joining us, you would be a part of the following:

  • Providing a service that is person-centred and focuses on what people want, like and need, building upon people’s strengths, gifts and talents.
  • Supporting people to be as independent as possible, according to their personal goals and abilities.
  • Working as a team and in partnership with the people we support, their families and other professionals.
  • Continuously improving and developing what we do so that we provide the best possible service to the people we support.


We have both permanent and casual opportunities available.

All roles will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

You can also find information about how to become a Shared Lives carer and you can hear more about why you should apply from our staff stories.

More information on other requirements for specific roles is available in our job adverts.

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