Work with Orwell

Image and link to view our current vacancies At Orwell, we embrace diversity in all that we do.  Our communities are diverse and we are committed to making sure our employee groups are equally diverse, so that we can truly connect with our customers and service users.  With this in mind we welcome applications from all individuals and will consider reasonable adjustments for the successful candidate.

We are equally excited about employing people with many years’ industry experience and qualifications as we are to employ people with different working backgrounds and not necessarily all the qualifications; the overriding need is that our people demonstrate the following qualities:

  • A good performance track record
  • Positive attitude
  • Excellent people/communication skills
  • A passion to achieve high standards

Our leaders, from directors to team leaders, play a vital role in recruiting ‘right first time – in time’, often in dynamic circumstances. They are often thinking about the people who can do the job both now and in the future and use a variety of approaches to test this, including competency based interviews.

Our Job Vacancies page is updated often so please come back to see if your ideal job is available. We are proud to be listed within The Sunday Times best companies to work for 2017.

image and link to the Gender Pay Gap report The Gender Pay Gap report is now published and you can download using this link. Gender Pay Gap Report The file is less than 1Mb and is a PDF.


Care Apprentice Scheme

Looking to start a rewarding career at one of the region’s most diverse social care organisations? Orwell is a great place to earn while you learn.

We are recruiting Care Apprentices across Suffolk, to commence in September 2018.

If your application is successful, we will initially offer a two-week work experience/shadowing placement so that you can see whether the role is for you.  When you accept a Care Apprentice position with us, you’ll train to achieve a Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF) qualification and, at the same time, gain hands-on person-centred work experience in one of our busy care schemes for older people.  Apprentices are supported throughout the training period: you’ll have a mentor and a buddy and be closely supervised by more senior staff.  There is an in-house induction programme for you to join and other skills training is provided too.

We foster an environment of approachability, fairness, integrity and respect and we provide Care Apprentices with a free DBS check and uniform.  Orwell rewards exceptional work and we’ll support your further training in Health and Social Care if you stay beyond the apprenticeship period: our Care Academy is designed to maximise your learning experience and development potential. Why else should you join Orwell [pdf] 441KB

If you are interested in earning while you learn as an Orwell Apprentice, please submit an expression of interest via email to together with a supporting statement explaining why you’d like to start your caring career at Orwell.

Orwell is committed to safeguarding and safe employment and the principles of empowerment.  Successful applicants will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

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Orwell aim to offer our tenants the opportunity to enhance their quality of life by providing safe, manageable and comfortable homes with the support they need to enable them to make choices and decisions about the way they live.

Volunteers play a vital role in helping us achieve our aims, and compliment the work undertaken by paid staff. As a not for profit organisation, Orwell welcome volunteers to assist in the work we undertake, and believe that volunteers really can and do make a difference to people’s lives.

Volunteers are welcome in all areas of the business. Whatever your reasons for wanting to volunteer with us, whether you want to make new friends, share a skill or hobby or are looking to gain experience to improve your employment prospects; if you have some spare time to offer on a regular basis, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to apply please complete our volunteer form below, or for more information contact our Human Resources team on 01473 228781 or

Volunteer Application Form
Data within this form is being collected in accordance with Orwell’s Privacy Notice which can be viewed here:

Volunteer Profiles

Below are some downloadable pdf profiles. These profiles are less than 50Kb each. 

Image and download link for the Admin Volunteer profile   Image and download link for the Arts and crafts Volunteer profile   Image and download link for the Cooking Volunteer profile   Image and download link for the Gardening Volunteer profile   Image and download link for the Sports Activities Volunteer profile