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Housekeeping Assistant

Who we are

YMCA Brunel Group is an independent, locally governed and managed charity operating in Mendip, Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and South Somerset. We are part of the international YMCA movement. Our mission is to create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.​

Our activities include:

Accommodation for over 700 people every year who are at risk of being homeless, who are on low incomes, experience barriers to work, or young people in need of high levels of support, who have often experienced trauma and difficult times in their lives. We don’t just provide a bed, we support people holistically and continually seek to help our residents gain the training, skills and confidence to lead independent lives.​

​A Health & Wellbeing centre in Bath, a community facility with a fully kitted out gym, functional fitness areas and extensive class programme.

​Two commercial hostels in Bath and Bristol which help us cover our central costs.

​Twelve youth clubs for young people aged 10-19, including 4 young carers groups, providing a space where they can have dedicated time to talk to trusted youth workers, access relevant information about issues that concern them, and develop their social networks.​

​Eight Ofsted registered Nurseries, providing spaces for up to 360 children where they are given opportunities and experiences that will set them up for their educational journeys and prepare them for their lives ahead. ​

What does the job entail?

To ensure a high standard of cleanliness is maintained throughout the hostel.

We are looking for a housekeeping assistant to clean rooms, showers and toilets and make beds.

​The successful candidate will be working with a small team of duty managers, reception, housekeeping and maintenance staff.

What skills will the successful candidate need?

At least one year’s relevant housekeeping experience.

​What we offer

Enhanced sick pay allowances and paid compassionate and emergency dependent leave.

25 days holiday plus bank holidays

Pension scheme

Cycle to work scheme

YMCA employee advantages

YMCA Brunel Group is an inclusive organisation and the post requires a shared commitment to equality and diversity.


YMCA Bath is a centrally located hostel which provides accommodation to school groups, backpackers, sporting groups and universities.


15 hours per week

Hours are 10.00am to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Contract type

Permanent position, 6-month probationary period

Rate of Pay

£11.00 per hour

If you would like to apply for any of our current vacancies you will need to fill out one of our application forms on line:

To know more about what YMCA Brunel do and to apply please visit our website:

YMCA Brunel Group is committed to follow safer recruitment guidelines and all candidates will have to demonstrate full employment history, give 2 good references and be DBS checked. In line with the requirements of the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process.

Job Description

Job Purpose:

To ensure a high standard of cleanliness is maintained throughout the hostel.

Duties and Responsibilities

Receive departures/stays list from Reception (note any comments regarding residents advance requests i.e., do not disturb, agreed etc.)

Ensure adequate sheets and pillowcases are available to replace departures.

Enter all rooms on the floor for which you are responsible.

Occupied rooms

Place all items found on floor on to the bed

Change linen (duvets and sheets), make beds / bunks if required

Clean sink (remove items around sink and replace where possible)

Clean mirror

Polish wooden areas and window sills (where possible)

Change bin liner


Close window

Dust tops of wardrobes

Unoccupied rooms

Remove used bed linen and replace with fresh linen (sheets and duvet covers).

Make bed

Clean sink, clean mirror, clean wardrobe, clean drawers

Polish wooden areas and window sills

Change bin liner


Close window.

Dust tops of wardrobes


Use rubber gloves at all times

Clean toilet ceramic items using hard surface cleaner

Clean toilet bowl using toilet cleaner

Clean toilet seat using hygienic spray and cloth

Wipe tiled areas where applicable

Clean shower tiles using tile spray

Clean shower tray and shower pipes using hard surface cleaner

Change waste bin liner

Clean sinks and mirrors

Mop all floor areas using cleaning fluid



Hoover all corridors

Place soiled sheets and pillowcases into laundry bags (in 20's)

Put all rubbish into black waste bags

Mop central lobby and stairs for your floor

Wipe window ledges

Clean any marks off staircase and corridors



Clean conferencing areas when requested.

Pack used laundry in bags and delivered fresh laundry to floors.

Advise maintenance of any defects you may find in the rooms or showers and toilets

During the quieter months in the hostel, to deep clean rooms – wash walls, skirting boards.

Duties will include use of:

  • Frequent use of cleaning equipment e.g. vacuum cleaners,

  • Standing and walking for majority of work sessions.

  • Moving and carrying equipment and materials necessary to complete tasks.

  • Carrying rubbish bags and linen bags.

Scope and Limits of Authority

The post holder is responsible for the day to day performance of their own work tasks, ensuring the tasks are prioritised appropriately and that all tasks are completed to the highest standards.



Knowledge of effective cleaning methods.

Awareness of the importance of ensuring cleaning is undertaken with regard to health and safety practices.


Previous experience of cleaning in a commercial context is desirable.

Skills and Abilities

Ability to prioritise own workload.

Ability to identify potential health and safety hazards that might be noticeable during cleaning of the premises.

Ability to work as part of a team.

Housekeeping Assistant


£11.00 per hour


15 hours per week, Hours are 10.00am to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Contract Type:

Permanent position, 6-month probationary period


YMCA Bath is a centrally located hostel which provides accommodation to school groups, backpackers, sporting groups and universities.

Close Date:

Wednesday, 7 June 2023

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