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Leading Lives

Ipswich,Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Saxmundham, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Hadleigh, Haverhill, Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds.

About us

Leading Lives is award winning social enterprise which provides social care support for people in the home and in the community across Suffolk and neighbouring counties. As a not for profit business we reinvest any surplus back into services for our customers or into the local community through our Community Benefit Fund. We are an employee owned co-operative with over 20 years’ experience in providing high quality social care and are now one of the top ten social care co-operatives in the UK.

Our Values

We believe that the people we support should lead full, independent and safe lives in the heart of their communities and that everyone should always be treated with dignity and respect.

Our services include:

Day Services:
Our Community Hubs are the base for a very varied programme of activities. These include learning opportunities and skills development as well as a wide range of leisure opportunities based either at the Hub or at venues in the community.

Supported Living:
We can provide more intensive housing based support through our Supported Living Schemes as an alternative to residential care or continuing to live at home. This gives the freedom to live independently whilst still being able to receive our support.

Respite Services:
We can provide different types of short breaks to enable people to enjoy a different experience and break from routine whilst offering family carers a valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

We also offer community outreach, wellbeing services and support in the home.


Working for Leading Lives offers many opportunities in social care as we provide many different types of support enabling people to gain a broad range of experience. We operate at the more skilled and specialised end of the social care market and train our staff accordingly. We encourage professional development and invest in internal and external training with staff gaining The Care Certificate on completion of their formal induction process and are expected to gain further NVQ qualifications.

There is a genuine sense of camaraderie and we are a happy, positive place to work where people can draw on their own talents and enthusiasm. We offer flexible working and the opportunity to gain experience across many different aspects of social care. We are a not-for-profit business so our trading surplus is re-invested back into services for our customers or into the local community through our Community Benefit Fund.

Staff Benefits and Training

Staff benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension.
  • Mileage 45p mile.
  • Cooperative benefits- Child care vouchers, bike to work.
  • Compressive paid induction and training.
  • Career Progression Scheme- change to develop personally and professionally.
  • and much more...
  • Training

As a business, we support our staff through comprehensive and on-going training to enable them to develop best practice and deliver a high standard of care.

Leading Lives invests heavily in the training and development of staff. Staff are supported to complete the Care Certificate and the continue with a wide range of more specialised training such as Total Communication and Positive Behaviour Support.

Apprenticeships and Volunteering

At Leading Lives we are able to give you lots of opportunities and experience in different settings like day services, supporting people in their own homes, supporting people shopping and leisure activities. We hope you are able to have a taste of all these opportunities during your apprenticeship.

By the end of the year you should be nearing the end of your qualification, and have a really good grounding of knowledge and experience of the role of the support worker.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you are able to apply for any support worker position that becomes available and you will be interviewed for the post.

If you decide you would like to apply for an apprenticeship with Leading Lives, please fill out an application form and return it to recruitment@leadinglives.org.uk


Have you ever thought of Volunteering? Leading Lives would love to meet you?

  • You could really make a difference to the lives of others and feel valued member of a team.
  • You could add a positive contribution to your local community, the environment and society.
  • You could improve your confidence and self-esteem whilst gaining new skills, knowledge and experience.
  • For more information contact our Workforce team on 01473 406776.

Find out more

We aim to recruit staff who love what they do with a genuine desire to work in social care and we invest a lot in training them well in all aspects of their job.

To find out more about the work we do and the opportunities we offer then please visit our website and follow us here on icanbea... for the latest updates.

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