Meet our Activities Coordinator, Richard Sweeting

From an early age I have always been involved in my local community. I have lived in the town of Tadcaster all my life and for 21 years represented the local council. I have also been very lucky to have been appointed Town Mayor twice. I came to work for Highfield in 2001 and it has given me the opportunity to bring the social side of care at Highfield to a different level. I love working in the home as I think it is such a wonderful place.

I was brought up with my grandparents and as times changed I ended up caring for them. I now live on my own and Highfield plays a very special part in my life, with the clients and staff all now being part of my extended family, and making the home my family home.

Activities at Highfield

Within Highfield we are lucky to have an activities coordinator who is a well known part of the local community. We are able to use our extensive grounds for different social events including flower festivals and recently a beer festival.

The events noticeboard within the home is always full of upcoming activities for people to join in or observe. The variety of activities and social occassions offered by our coordinator are as a result of discussions with the people who live and use the service. Entertainers visit to provide musical interludes and dancing, along with local schools, whilst coffee mornings bring in the locals as well as previous visitors who continue to support our service. 

We use our minibus to access local events and to go shopping or out for a meal.

Life at our home

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Musical Magic

Residents enjoyed listening to a flue recital from a local entertainer. She put on a wonderful performance!

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Flower Arranging

Residents regularly arrange beautiful displays for our dining room tables.

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Lunch Trip

Residents recently enjoyed a trip to the local shopping centre for a fish and chip lunch.

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Pet Therapy

Residents enjoyed a visit from Laila, our pet therapy dog. They love making a fuss over her!

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Don't Dine Alone

We understand that that mealtimes can be lonely for some older people – especially around Valentine's Day – so we opened our doors to them so they could join us.

We adorned our walls with Valentine's themed decorations and were joined by a local singer who put on a wonderful performance whilst residents and guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course meal.

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Valentine's Day

Highfield recently celebrated Valentine's Day with a special lunch and musical entertainment.

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