Activities Coordinator

Our Activities Coordinators organise meaningful activities for our service users and support people to take part. If you like working with people and are fun and enthusiastic, then this is the job for you!

Activities Coordinator jobs

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Activities Coordinator jobs

(Sometimes also called a Life Skills Coordinator or Wellbeing Activities Coordinator)

Working as an Activities Coordinator gives you a tremendous sense of achievement and pride. You’ll make a real difference each and every day.

As an Activities Coordinator with Exemplar Health Care, you’ll support our service users to take part in activities that are meaningful to them.

Your role will focus on supporting people to maximise their independence, build their everyday living skills and live their best lives.

In the role, you’ll plan and run one-to-one activities based on people’s individual needs and interests. You could support people to take on new hobbies, to meet their friends, to go out for tea, to visit their regular hairdresser or to stay fit at the local gym – whatever they choose to do!

You’ll also arrange group activities and parties in the home to promote a sense of community.

Our Activities Coordinator roles

In our care homes, you’ll support people living with different conditions, including:

Many of our service users are of working age and are keen to stay active and learn new skills.

Our homes have higher than average staffing levels compared to other care providers – there’ll usually be up to six Health Care Assistants on each unit, supporting ten service users. This creates a fun and supportive environment, where the whole team gets involved in activities. 

View our Activities Coordinator job vacancies

What is an Activities Coordinator?

An Activities Coordinator organises meaningful activities for the people who live in our care homes. This might include one-to-one and group activities, both inside and outside the home.

No two days will be the same – one day you could be throwing a themed party and the next day you could be sat in a dementia friendly cinema watching a film.  

However, as a general guide, your role as an Activities Coordinator may include:

  • planning meaningful activities – supporting people to take part in activities that are meaningful to them, both inside and outside the home
  • building community connections – supporting people to build and maintain their community connections outside the home, such as taking on new hobbles, visiting their hairdressers and staying fit at the gym
  • maximising independence – supporting people to take part in therapeutic activities to help them achieve their goals and aid their treatment or recovery, such as cooking, accessing education or building their mobility
  • providing companionships – providing friendly company and emotional support
  • care plans – ensuring that care is provided in line with people’s choices as outlined in their care plans, and keeping care plans up-to-date.

Rewards and benefits of working as an Activities Coordinator

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Lifestyle and retail discounts – get cash back and discounted vouchers at over 250 high street shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

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Employee Assistance Programme - access 24/7 counselling and support through our award-winning programme.

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Paid DBS check - we pay for all new starters to have a DBS check, so you don’t need to cover the cost.

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Access pay early – through fastPAYE, request an advance of up to 50% for additional hours worked.

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Blue Light Card – get huge discounts at a wide range of retailers.

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Company Shop membership – get exclusive membership at The Company Shop and purchase groceries, gardening and electrical items at a heavily discounted price.

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Healthcare cash plan - spread the cost of health expenses through a monthly premium.

Learning and career development for Activities Coordinators

There are lots of opportunities to learn and develop in your career as an Activities Coordinator, if you wish.

Activities Coordinator induction

If your application is successful, you’ll do a four day welcome induction which covers mandatory and statutory training including moving and handling, safeguarding and person-centred care. This induction also includes our Exemplar Positive Behaviour Support training. After that, you’ll continue your induction in your home with the support of a buddy.

Throughout your employment, you’ll have regular supervisions and Performance Development Reviews with your Manager to review your progress and discuss your career aspirations.

Ongoing learning and development

There are lots of opportunities to continue your learning as an Activities Coordinator. 

You’ll work through our in-house Life Skills Toolkit to learn more about meaningful activities and service user engagement. As part of the toolkit, you’ll achieve the bronze, silver and gold award to celebrate your progress and achievements.

Our training for Activities Coordinators includes:

  • mandatory and statutory training (MAST) to refresh skills and knowledge
  • apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships
  • specialist clinical skills development such as tracheostomy care
  • in-house, CPD certificated ABC of Caring programme.

Career progression for Activities Coordinators

Our Activities Coordinator roles are a vocation, not just a job. There are lots of opportunities for you to progress within the company including to:

  • Lead Activities Coordinator
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Central Services including training.

Download our career journey which shows you all of the development and progression opportunities available at Exemplar Health Care.

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Apply online

Visit our online job search to find an Activities Coordinator job near you. 

Complete the online application form on our website or via an online job site such as Indeed.com 

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Interview

If your application is successful, we'll invite you to attend an interview to find out more about you and your values. 

On the day of your interview, remember to dress to impress, show us your best self, ask any questions and bring your ID documents (you’ll receive an email beforehand telling you what to bring).

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Pre-employment checks

If your interview is successful, we’ll email you an offer of employment and carry out the necessary pre-employment checks such as a Right to Work and DBS check.

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Induction

Once your checks are back, we’ll arrange a start date and book your welcome induction.In some instances, you could start working with us in as little as three weeks. 

After the welcome induction, you'll go into your home and do a role specific induction. Here, you'll meet your team and the service users in your home. During your first few weeks, you’ll be supported by a buddy until you feel confident in your new role. 

FAQs about working as an Activities Coordinator

Want to know more about working as an Activities Coordinator? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Activities Coordinator jobs. 

What does an Activities Coordinator in a care home do?

An Activities Coordinator in a care home plans and runs all activities in the home.

They organise one-to-one and group activities for residents, based on their needs and interests.

They also support people to maintain their community connections by, for example, attending local groups, going to the local hairdressers, visiting the library or working out at the gym. 

What qualifications does an Activities Coordinator need?

You don’t need any qualifications to work as an Activities Coordinator.

It might be useful to have a relevant diploma or NVQ and a good general education, but this isn't always necessary. 

What’s really important is your values. Activities Coordinators need to be kind, patient and fun, with great organisational skills.

What skills do you need to be an Activities Coordinator?

Activities Coordinators needs great:

  • people skills
  • communication skills
  • organisational skills
  • creative thinking skills.
How many hours does an Activities Coordinator work?

Activities Coordinator roles can be flexible. Hours are usually based on shift patterns, so you can find a work/life balance that suits you.

 

Meet Dawn, Activities Coordinator at Longley Park View

Dawn worked as a Teaching Assistant for 13 years before joining Longley Park View as an Activities Coordinator. 

She shares: “I plan lots of different activities for our service users in the home. We do some group activities such as karaoke, arts and crafts and baking. We also do one-to-one activities to support people to maintain their hobbies and find new interests. My favourite thing about the role is how rewarding it is. It’s fabulous to see the happy faces of our service users. I go home at night and think ‘I’ve done a good job today’."