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.
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.
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 is heavily involved in all aspects of the organisation and offers the opportunity for staff to put questions to her and raise issues. Employees also have the opportunity to nominate an idea; this can lead to it being put straight into the transformation pipeline.
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.
One of the true perks of the job is the incredible surroundings in which you’ll get to work. Our offices are based not only in Cambridge city centre but throughout the county. This allows our colleagues to enjoy the thriving city, characterful market towns and peaceful countryside all in the space of a working week. This is made especially easy by our transport system, including our renowned Guided Bus Way, which is continually developing.
The ease with which you can lose yourself in Cambridgeshire’s beauty and culture can make you quickly forget that the hustle and bustle of London is so close. From Cambridge or Huntingdon you can be in the capital within an hour.
With such an iconic location, happy environment and supportive culture, Cambridgeshire County Council is somewhere you can achieve great things.
Living in Cambridgeshire
Only those that have punted along the River Cam, taking in the sights of the famous College ‘Backs’ will truly understand the magic that Cambridgeshire possesses.
Our residents will also know that there is significantly more to Cambridgeshire than a tourist can fit into a day trip. Rich heritage 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.
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When it comes to housing, Cambridgeshire is a county of seemingly endless choice. If relocating, whether you’re looking for something in the heart of Cambridge or 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.
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.
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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.
Anglia Ruskin University also offers a further higher education option with degree courses in a wide variety of disciplines.
Anyone with an eye for a bargain, a fondness for unique treasures or a passion for food will find endless joy getting lost in Cambridgeshire’s markets.
Cambridge is traditionally a market city and traders have operated in the historic market square since the middle ages. Today you can find anything from jewellery, fresh food, clothing and much more. Stories are told for miles about the joys to be found at the market’s cake stalls and many prefer to buy their bikes (the city’s preferred form of transport) at the second hand stalls.
Beyond its markets, Cambridge is also well known for its boutique and independent stores and famously old book shops. It has also seen a big transformation over the last couple of decades, most notably a brand new shopping centre, the Grand Arcade, significantly enhancing the shopping experience.
Of course, there is so much more to the county than Cambridge itself. Each of its market towns has its own character and shopping district to explore. As well as its general market, Ely has a weekly craft and collectables market, a farmer’s market and a monthly flower, food and craft market. St Neots has a thriving town centre with hidden courtyards off of the high street offering an exciting shopping experience.
Better known for its racecourse, Newmarket also offers a varied shopping experience, from high street names to fantastic independent traders.
Not just famous for its place in academia, Cambridgeshire 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.
Those partial to a day at the races will find themselves at home at Newmarket Racecourse. The self-proclaimed ‘Home of Horseracing’ is currently celebrating its 350th birthday.
The foodies amongst you will be spoilt for choice in Cambridgeshire. 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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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.
A walk around the city will guide you through a variety of sites, each forming a special part of Cambridge’s identity. Even the bridges along the River Cam have their own story, none more so than the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queen’s College and the beautiful Bridge of Sighs.
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 the surrounding areas 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.
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.
The fact that so many commute into London from Cambridge is a testament to just how easily accessible the capital is. The fastest trains will have you in Central London in a little more that 45 minutes.
The A1(M) and M11 both run through Cambridgeshire, providing easy routes out of the county both north and south.
Both Stansted and Luton airports are within easy reach making getting onto international shores a piece of cake.
The opening of the brand new Cambridge North train station has made travelling around the county even easier. It has connections with the science and business parks as well as the suburbs and towns in the north with the city centre.
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