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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hannah Mulholland

Hannah ensures a 24/7 planned programme of events every day, including evening and weekends, that are based on the residents' choices. 

Hannah goes above and beyond her duties to ensure that all residents at Harper Fields experience a fulfilled and content life. She is determined that every one of the residents should be able to enjoy an outing, regardless of their care needs.

Hannah is naturally bubbly and enthusiatic about her role and the difference she and her colleagues are making to residents' lives. As a result, she has created a 'Whole Team' approach at the home, leading to a culture where they celebrate life.

In 2016, Hannah was named the National Winner for Activities Coordinator of the Year at the Barchester Care Awards.

Activities at Harper Fields

There is always something to do here at Harper Fields and always someone to assist the residents in any activity they wish to take part in. We have entertainers come into the home to sing and play instruments on a weekly basis, as well as visits from PAT dogs, hairdressers, massage therapists and nail technicians to pamper those who live here. Residents' spiritual needs are taken into account at Harper Fields; we have regular services from the Catholic and Methodist church, in addition to the Church of England, and for our non-religious residents, we have a weekly calming and peaceful ‘mindfulness and meditation group,’ which is very popular, especially for those living with dementia. Residents often like to attend cinema evenings to watch their favourite films on the big screen (complete with sweets and popcorn), or develop new skills at our computer classes, where they can learn how to Skype their families in other countries. Our activities are tailored to suit the individual interests and capabilities of residents and our specialised equipment enables those we support to enjoy everything we have to offer.

Life at our home

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Autumn Vegan Festival

We were lucky that the weather stayed dry for our Autumn Vegan Festival, and we had over 80 guests from the local community, aged from 6 months old to 101 (our very own resident, Edna).

Vegetarian for Life came to film the day and were overwhelmed by the local support and impressed that each of the special guests – the band, the chef doing the live cookery demo, the fitness instructor and the vegan cake stall – were all from the surrounding area. The community involvement for this event was our best yet.

Activities Coordinator, Hannah Mulholland, cooked over 150 portions of vegan food that included chili-topped nachos, fruity curried beans and a winter vegetable soup (her mum's secret recipe) – and there was not a scrap left at the end of the afternoon! All of our volunteers also came along to enjoy the day and listen to the live folk band.

We are looking forward to our next big event: the launch of our very own book!

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River Avon Boat Cruise

All aboard! What better way to jump into the autumn season than with a boat trip down the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon. We docked from the basin in the town centre and headed off down the river, passing the stunning RSC, the church where William Shakespeare is buried, and even fought our way through the hundreds of beautiful swans on the river to reach our destination. The wheelchair-friendly canal boats made it even easier to ensure that residents got to enjoy these special outings.

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Veggie Hero Award

We are so proud of our Activities Coordinator, Hannah here at Harper Fields, for not only becoming a finalist at the NACC Awards, but also for winning the Veggie Hero Award from ‘Vegetarian for Life

'Vegetarian for Life' is the leading authority on diet and healthy living advice for older vegans and vegetarians.

Well done, Hannah!

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5th Anniversary Celebrations

In September 2017, we celebrated a wonderful 5 years of being open! We hosted a vintage tea partying inour reception café, where all residents and their loved ones were welcome.

The party was filled with freshly baked cakes, old china tea sets, individual sandwiches and music by the likes of Vera Lynn and Frank Sinatra. The party was a roaring success and was enjoyed by over 30 of our residents and their families

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Miss Saigon

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production, ‘Miss Saigon’, landed at the Birmingham Hippodrome recently. Residents were all so excited to see the production and we all agreed that was the best one to date!

The epic love story tells the tale of a tragic young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI, but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Each scene was spectacularly put together and the staging was magnificent. Residents particularly enjoyed the scene where the helicopter flew out into the audience – it was really magical to see!

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Balsall Common Festival

Getting involved with the local community is so important and is what we do a lot here at Harper Fields.

Balsall Common Festival is a local event and a great opportunity for us to market and show the public just how unique our home is.

The spirit and ethos of this annual event is great, and each year we bring many residents along to get involved with the local community.

Not only are we marketing Barchester homes, but by participating in this annual event, Harper Fields is contributing towards funding many local groups and community charities within our area. 

Residents had a smashing day hearing all the music and local bands singing, seeing the dance shows and watching the dog parade. 

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