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As part of our Adults Service you’ll have the opportunity to empower vulnerable residents to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. You will strive to support independence amongst our service users and will in turn be supported in using your own ideas and making your own decisions in doing so.

We seek to innovate where it enhances the care we provide, drawing from our people’s knowledge and expertise to develop our service.

We know that our workers’ frontline experience places them in the best position to make big decisions that will impact service users. This is why those who join us will find themselves with a unique amount of control and influence; you’ll have a voice in our service and the chance to shape our future.

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About Cambridgeshire County Council

It is incredibly important to us that our people are happy, comfortable and at ease in their work. That’s why we promote a culture in which our people feel continually supported, in their work, their lives and in pursuing their ambitions.

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We have developed an environment where all staff are listened to, opinions and ideas are valued and anyone can influence the future of their service. This is a policy that runs through every level of the council. Our Chief Executive – shared with Peterborough City Council as well as most of our senior managers - is heavily involved in all aspects of the organisation and offers the opportunity for staff to put questions to her and raise issues.

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We firmly believe in properly recognising and rewarding hard work and achievement. For those who go above and beyond, or are high achievers, we always want to be sure they get the recognition they deserve. We have a range of awards where staff can be nominated by managers or their peers, with rewards including shopping vouchers and extra days of holiday.

With such an iconic location, happy environment and supportive culture, Cambridgeshire County Council is somewhere you can achieve great things.

About Peterborough City Council

We focus on recruiting outstanding social workers to support children’s services in Peterborough.

Peterborough offers you a rich and supportive work environment, together with a high standard of living for you and your family.

Peterborough is also one of four local authorities implementing the innovative Family Safeguarding model.

 As one of the UK’s smaller cities, it has a simpler local government structure, but it faces the same social issues as much bigger urban environments. It therefore has a real need for excellent social workers.

Living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Only those that have punted along the River Cam, taking in the sights of the famous College ‘Backs’ will truly understand the magic of Cambridge.

But Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is so much more than this tourist day trip vision of the city. It is a diverse and varied county with a range of interesting towns and villages offering a wide variation in the cost of living and house prices.

Peterborough is attracting more and more national and global businesses, the unrivalled transport links and exciting plans for growth make the city a great choice for businesses seeking to relocate or expand.

It’s not all about work though and Peterborough is also a great place to live and bring up a family. It has one of the highest ratios of green space per person in the UK – and offers an excellent quality of life. You can go from the hustle and bustle of the city centre to the glorious green expanse of Ferry Meadows in just five minutes.

The area’s rich heritage, beautiful countryside and charming culture combine to make this one of the most desirable places to live and work in the country.

Click the links to find out more about each aspect of living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Average price of a pint of beer here Average price of a pint of beer in London

£3.75

£4.5

Average gym membership (monthly) cost here Average gym membership (monthly) cost in London

£35

£47

Average child care (hourly) cost here Average child care (hourly) cost in London

£9

£9.65

When it comes to housing, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough offers endless choice whether you’re looking for something in the heart of Cambridge or Peterborough or in any of the surrounding cities or market towns, you’re bound to find a new home that you love.

Unsurprisingly, some of the more expensive properties are found in Cambridge itself. Small flats will cost just under £300,000 whilst larger terraced and semi-detached properties go for between £500,000-£525,000.

To the north in Ely, a detached house will cost around £370,000. In March, prices become more affordable with detached properties going for under £210,000.

Areas such as Huntingdon offer semi-detached homes for £230,00. In nearby Ramsey, a similar sized property usually goes for around £185,000.

The average price of a property in Peterborough is £177,000 and the average private rental price is £735 per month.

In the years to come, housing in Cambridgeshire is likely to see a significant boost with ongoing plans to develop Northstowe which will be Britain’s biggest new town since Milton Keynes. The development could see up to 10,000 new homes built as well as schools and green spaces.

Average house price (to buy) here Average house price (to buy) in London

£393422

£538248

Average city centre rent (One Bedroom) here Average city centre rent (One Bedroom) in London

£1073

£1656

Average city centre rent (Three Bedrooms) here Average city centre rent (Three Bedrooms) in London

£1720

£3130.8

Even beyond the world-famous Cambridge University, the county is well-served for educational institutions.

Schools throughout Cambridgeshire offer the highest quality of teaching to children and adults of all ages. This includes 210 primary schools, 33 secondary schools, 9 special schools and 24 further education and sixth form colleges.

Education is firmly at the heart of Peterborough’s development plans. In recent years, over £330 million has been invested into primary and secondary schools to provide high quality, state-of-the-art facilities.

Improvements in facilities have been matched by dramatic improvements in performance. More than 85% of Peterborough’s schools are now rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted – that’s twice as many compared to 2008.

Anglia Ruskin University also offers a further higher education option with degree courses in a wide variety of disciplines.

Only those that have punted along the River Cam, taking in the sights of the famous College ‘Backs’ will truly understand the magic of Cambridge.

But Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is so much more than this tourist day trip vision of the city. It is a diverse and varied county with a range of interesting towns and villages offering a wide variation in the cost of living and house prices.

Peterborough is attracting more and more national and global businesses, the unrivalled transport links and exciting plans for growth make the city a great choice for businesses seeking to relocate or expand.

It’s not all about work though and Peterborough is also a great place to live and bring up a family. It has one of the highest ratios of green space per person in the UK – and offers an excellent quality of life. You can go from the hustle and bustle of the city centre to the glorious green expanse of Ferry Meadows in just five minutes.

The area’s rich heritage, beautiful countryside and charming culture combine to make this one of the most desirable places to live and work in the country.

Not just famous for its place in academia, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has a great deal else that makes it stand out.

Music is ingrained in Cambridgeshire culture, with many venues throughout the county offering regular live music. The annual Cambridge Folk Festival is a highlight of the summer for many a music lover, attracting some of the very best bands around since the ‘60s.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough also boast an impressive range of theatres, cinemas and museums including Peterborough Museum is housed in a beautiful historic building in the city centre, with over 200,000 objects and a wide ranging exhibition programme the museum offers everything from a Jurassic marine reptile to prisoner of war craftwork and the manuscripts of John Clare.

The foodies amongst you will be spoilt for choice in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Whether you’re after fine dining or burgers and ribs; a huge range of restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels will satisfy your hunger.

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£11.9

£14

Average tennis court hire cost here Average tennis court hire cost in London

£7.1

£11.25

There is a reason that Cambridge is best known for its university, not only does it stand amongst the very best on the planet but this historic institution is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. Since 1209, Cambridge University has hosted some of the brightest minds that the modern world has seen and famous alumnus include Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Alan Turing.

Peterborough boasts a number of internationally important archaeological and historic sites. One of the city’s largest tourist attractions is the Norman Cathedral located just off Cathedral Square. It is the burial place of Katherine of Aragon and the executed Mary Queen of Scots was briefly interred here too before her remains were moved to Westminster Abbey by her son James I.

Over in East Cambridgeshire, thousands flock every year to marvel at Ely Cathedral. A glorious blend of architectural styles, the magnificence of the structure has to be seen to be believed.

The history of the county stretches as far as before the Romans. The famous Fenlands have evidence of settlements that date back to the Mesolithic era.

Travelling within Cambridge and Peterborough couldn’t be easier.

Residents of Cambridge are more likely to opt for two wheels than four when it comes to getting out and about the city. One of the most cycle friendly cities in the country, dedicated lanes and routes make it safe and easy for even the most novice cyclist.

For those less-inclined to join the more pedal-happy residents will still find the county easy to get around, bus and train services run throughout and road networks make every corner accessible.

Peterborough has a fast and efficient public transport system. The bus service is affordable, comprehensive and reliable. Plus the city runs a car-share service allowing you to find people who use a similar route to keep both costs and your carbon footprint down. A recent survey also found that the average Peterborough commute is faster than any other city in the UK.*

Peterborough is perfectly positioned in the UK in terms of transport. It has the A1(M) on its doorstep for great road connections. It is also only an 80 minute journey from Stansted Airport and offers easy access direct to some of the biggest cities including Newcastle, London and Birmingham. It caters to all your transport needs.

Cambridgeshire’s progressive guided busway boasts the longest busway track in the world and provides a smarter and speedier option for those needing to get around the county. Three routes now run throughout the county with two highly-respected bus and coach companies running services.

Both Stansted and Luton airports are within easy reach making getting onto international shores a piece of cake.

Average monthly travelcard cost here Average monthly travelcard cost in London

£132

£181

Average taxi fare (1km) here Average taxi fare (1km) in London

£1.1

£2

Percentage commuting by bicycle here Percentage commuting by bicycle in London

18%

4%

To apply to be a social worker for Cambridgeshire County Council or Peterborough City Council, click here..

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