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How to become an Accommodation Warden

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What does a Accommodation Warden do?

Wardens are responsible for managing accommodation. They may organise catering, oversee cleaning and maintenance staff, and ensure there is effective security provision. In some roles, wardens collect rent or fees. However, duties vary according to the type of accommodation provided and the needs of the people living there.

Wardens in sheltered or supported housing may work with elderly or homeless people, or in accommodation specially adapted for people with disabilities. In this environment tasks are more likely to be related to the welfare of the residents. Assessments are made to determine how much support residents need to maintain a certain quality of life. Organising social events to interest and stimulate the residents is often necessary.

Work in a youth hostel or students’ residence requires dealing with more practical issues relating to day-to-day living.

Job titles may vary, for example residential warden or housing officer.

What's the working environment like working as a Accommodation Warden?

Wardens usually work around 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some wardens work weekends, and/or provide a 24-hour on-call service during the week.

Travel between sites may be necessary when working in supported or sheltered accommodation.

Wardens usually work in a purpose-built environment, and often live on site.

What does it take to become a Accommodation Warden?

As a warden you should:

  • be friendly and outgoing
  • have the skills to communicate with a wide variety of people
  • be caring, sensitive and a good listener
  • be well-organised and methodical
  • remain calm under pressure and be able to handle emergencies
  • have administration and management abilities, and basic computer skills
  • be literate and numerate for budget planning.

Accommodation Warden Career Opportunities

Most jobs for wardens are in towns and cities. Local authorities employ the most wardens in the UK, but you could also work for housing associations, private companies, voluntary organisations or educational institutions. Opportunities exist to work in:

  • supported accommodation
  • rehabilitation centres and hostels
  • youth hostels (usually in tourist or scenic areas)
  • independent living centres
  • hostels for employees, such as nurses.
Promotion may be from assistant to warden - or could involve changing employer for a job with greater responsibility or better pay.

Some wardens gain relevant qualifications and go on to work in social work, housing or counselling.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Accommodation Warden that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Vacancies will be advertised in the local press, and possibly in local authority jobs bulletins.

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
Octavia House
Westwood Way
Coventry
CV4 8JP
Tel: 024 7685 1700
www.cih.org

Asset Skills
2nd Floor
2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Exeter
EX4 4EP
Helpline: 08000 567160
www.assetskills.org

LG Careers
www.lgcareers.com

Youth Hostels Associations (YHA)
England and Wales
Trevelyan House
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3YH
Tel: 0870 770 8868
www.yha.org.uk

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