Leading Lives

Ipswich, 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 the lives they choose 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. We also offer Night Hubs in most of our locations for young people with autism and learning disabilities to gather, make friends and have fun. 

Support to Live at Home:

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.

Supported Independence:

Our personalised home care and domiciliary support services are built around the needs of the individual, ranging from a few hours a week to more intensive support. We provide help around the home, housekeeping and personal care and also support customers to do the things they want in the local community and pursue their interests, get out and about and do the things they want to do.

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, so you can 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.
  • Award-Winning Training
  • Cooperative benefits- Child care vouchers, bike to work.
  • Compressive paid induction and training.
  • Career Progression Scheme- change to develop personally and professionally.
  • Occupational sick pay 
  • Holiday package, increasing with service and the opportunity to purchase additional
  • The opportunity to become a member of our employee-owned co-operative
  • and much more...

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

Would you like to work and gain valuable experience whilst studying?

Would you like to work for a leading social care provider that values it employees and provides a positive, caring and inclusive working environment?

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying towards an industry-recognised qualification and earning a wage.

Leading Lives can provide you with lots of opportunities and experiences in different settings including day services, supporting people in their own homes and supporting people shopping and with leisure activities. We will support you in your new environment and in your studies to give you a great start to your career in care.

By the end of the year you should have a really good range of skills and knowledge needed for the role of support working. 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.

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

There are so many benefits to volunteering:

  • You could really make a difference to the lives of others and feel a 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
  • We can introduce you to new people, maybe making new friends
  • We can support you to be the person you want to be!
  • We can help you develop your CV and provide you with a reference

If you would like to apply or find out more, please our Workforce team on 01473 406776 or email workforce@leadinglives.org.uk

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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