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 Highfield Care Home
Residents Had Flippin’ Fun Pancake Day
The staff and residents at Highfield care home in Tadcaster have been flipping and turning pancakes all morning in preparation for their annual Shrove Tuesday pancake making. Highfield has marked this year’s Pancake Day with a day of fun-filled activities, pancake making and a flipping competition. Of course, lots of pancakes flipped serving them up with sweet and savoury fillings.
One resident said: “My secret to the best pancakes is all in the whipping. Give it some elbow grease when mixing the batter and you’ll get perfect pancakes every time. I like experimenting with the fillings – the residents’ favourites are spinach and cheese, chocolate spread and banana and of course, good old fashioned lemon and sugar!”
York Panto Stars Visit Highfield
Fanny Rogers, Jack McGill and John D Collins, stars of Grand Opera House York pantomime, Cinderella and The Lost Slipper, visited us at Highfield Care Home to perform and have a chat over tea and biscuits.
Some of our residents might not be able to easily attend the theatre but that doesn't mean we can't bring the pantomime to them with the help of our friends from the Grand Opera House. They have been attending for 6 years now and bring so much magic and joy for us all here at Highfield.
Highfield Christmas Party 2019
Christmas cheer was in full flow here at Highfield as residents, staff, family & friends got together to share a giggle and a tipple at our home’s 2019 Christmas Party.
Partygoers were in full swing dressing up for the occasion and dancing along to live music and relishing in a scrumptious buffet of festive foods, freshly prepared by the home’s kitchen team.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Highfield x
Christmas Carols with Barkston Ash Primary School
Our friends from Barkston Ash Primary School treated us to a performance of Christmas Carols here at Highfield. We love our visits from the pupils and this was an extra special visit making us feel all warm and Christmassy!
The pupils sang so well to lots of our old favourites and we all enjoyed a good chat over some ginger reindeer biscuits afterwards.
Wishing all at Barkston a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
A Playful Morning with our Little Friends
We're always thrilled to see our friends from the local Barkston Ash Nursery. They come in to see us on a weekly basis and we enjoy a fun-filled morning of music, games and activities and are even treated to a sing a long. We're already looking forward to our next visit !
Fun and Creativity with Hovingham School
We recently enjoyed a visit from Hovingham Primary School from inner city Leeds. We had such a special afternoon making Poppies for Remembrance Day this year. Our residents loved the children's energy and company and shared their experience of the war years with them. The afternoon was filled with lots of memories, stories and new friendships.