Caretaker- £9 per hour

We are seeking a hard-working, honest, dependable, self-motivated person to act as the Centre caretaker/cleaner, willing to uphold and support the aims and values of Young Melksham.

Job Description

Job Title: Caretaker
Salary: £9.00 per hour
Hours: 8 Hours per week (with additional hours if required by exception)
Benefits: 21 days (FTE) paid holiday, increasing to 25 after 5 years’ service + bank holidays pro rata
Base: The Canberra Centre
Responsible to: Chair of Trustees
Responsible for: Maintenance and upkeep of The Canberra Centre
Liaison with Youth work and administrative staff
General public (including young people) using the premises


Personal Requirements

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Opening and closing, unlocking and locking of Centre gates and buildings when required
  • Open and close the Centre for daytime and weekend use at times arranged by the Charity
  • Unsetting and setting of Centre alarm system where required
  • Responding to, and resetting of, the Centre alarm, liaising with the police and alarm company.
  • Checking and securing the Centre premises subsequent to out of hours intruder alarm activation
  • Register as main Key Holder and be the first point of contact in an emergency callout situation
  • Overall security of the Centre premises including the locking of all windows, doors and gates.
  • You may be called out at unsociable hours or at weekends to deal with security problems, make emergency repairs or allow access to any contractor who may be working on the site. 


Cleaning duties will include the following:

  • To clean designated areas of the Centre to the highest possible standards
  • Mopping and buffing hard floor surfaces
  • Buffing and maintaining flooring in main hall and café area
  • Vacuuming carpeted areas
  • Wiping, polishing, dusting of designated areas
  • Spot cleaning of spillages
  • Emptying and cleaning bins
  • Cleaning of toilets and toilet areas, and replenishment of paper towels, toilet rolls and other disposables.
  • Cleaning of internal glass, internal and external door glass and internal side of external windows
  • Cleaning of external windows at ground level as necessary
  • Straightening furniture and general tidying up of designated areas


  • Work with, encourage and support a volunteer team to support the work of the caretaker
  • Upkeep and general care of the Centre
  • Unlocking and re-locking bins in preparation for pick-up
  • Ensuring that external rubbish is stored appropriately
  • Sweep yards, pick up litter and be responsible for the removal of all debris from paths, play areas, grassed areas, flowerbeds and all entrances.
  • To empty internal communal rubbish bins daily and work with centre users and staff on recycling initiatives.
  • Carrying out minor repairs to property, fixtures, fittings and equipment, which are not beyond the scope of an unskilled handyman.
  • Drawing the attention of the appropriate authorities, via the Chair of Trustees, to any repairs or maintenance work, which is beyond the competence and responsibility of Caretaking team.
  • Directing workmen and contractors to the sites of repair and maintenance work and inspecting the work of contractors where there is a requirement to sign a satisfaction note.
  • General porterage duties and moving of furniture
  • Assisting other staff with simple tasks as requested
  • Checking damage/security on arrival at the premises
  • Lettings as required - opening, closing and general duties
  • Preparation of Hall for functions as required
  • Receive and check goods and supplies and take them to the appropriate place for storage
  • Ensure that all refuse is disposed of promptly and stored away from the main building
  • Routinely clean lamp shades and light diffusers (strip lights). The height limit is eleven feet
  • Ensure that clear passage is maintained on fire escape routes
  • Test fire alarms weekly. Maintain test register
  • Carry out periodic cleaning of all internal surfaces to a height of eleven feet from floor level
  • Report any defects of building, furniture, fittings and equipment using the online FM reporting software

Grounds Maintenance

  • Regular check of roofs for pooling, debris, plant growth etc.
  • Regularly check and clean soffits, bargeboards and external lights
  • Keep all hard surfaces free of moss and weeds
  • Disinfect drains and dustbins regularly
  • Make safe any hazards and ensure that the area is cordoned off
  • Keep paths, entrances free of ice and snow to ensure the safety of children, parents, staff and visitors.


  • Be responsible for monitoring and ordering cleaning supplies and equipment
  • Noting, monitoring and reporting any defects in the school buildings using the online FM reporting software.
  • Meet regularly with the Chair of Trustees re: Health and Safety issues and Building Maintenance
  • Report to the Trustee as necessary
  • Monitor the work of contractors working on site
  • Heating, Lighting and Water
  • The switching off of all lights and appropriate electric plug sockets
  • Ensure that all lights and heating are working effectively
  • Read Gas, Electric and Water metres as required
  • Monitoring and setting of heating controls and boilers
  • Be aware of the location of all stopcocks, gas and electricity meters and read meters as required.
  • Ensure that the boiler room is tidy and that no flammable material is stored there
  • Using appropriate PPE, replace, repair fluorescent tube starters and fluorescent tubes up to a height of eleven feet.
  • Any other work requested by, and deemed appropriate by, the Chair of Trustees by agreement with the caretaker.

Hours of Work

The working week will be 8 hours with a requirement to be on the Youth Centre premises. There may from time to time be a necessity for additional hours to be worked by agreement with the Chair of Trustees. Any additional work will always be agreed in advance.

These hours will be flexible and will vary to meet the changing needs of the organisation and fit in with the Centre use.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to achieving equal opportunities in the way we deliver services to the community and in our employment arrangements. We expect all employees to understand and promote this policy in their work.

Health and safety

All employees have a responsibility for their own health and safety and that of others when carrying out their duties and must help us to apply our general statement of health and safety policy.

Safeguarding Commitment

Young Melksham is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will need to be returned prior to commencement of employment.

To apply for this exciting position please either complete the online application form using the link below, or download an Application for Employment