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.
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.
As a warden you should:
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:
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