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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 Morning

We were joined by firm favourite, Ken, who came in to sing popular songs for residents.

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Puss in Boots

Northeast Producers recently performed a production of Puss in Boots for residents, which everyone really enjoyed.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Highfield hosted a Macmillan Coffee morning and managed to raise £170 in total. There were many stalls and we even invited the Mayor of Tadcaster, Cllr Don Mackay, to draw the raffle.

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Community Engagement

General Manager, Adel, and Activities Coordinator, Richard, attended a jobs fair that was organised by local MP, Nigel Adams, who visits our home regularly.

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TadChorale Concert

Highfield residents recently enjoyed a concert by TadChorale. They sang songs from the show, which everyone sang along to.

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Anniversary Celebrations

Two residents – Ken & Joan – recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary here at High Field. Our Head Chef, Claire, presented them with a cake to mark the occasion.

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