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
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.
Local Charity Lippy People Receives Charitable Grant
Highfield care home in Tadcaster recently presented local charity, Lippy People with a cheque for £750.00 towards video making equipment for this video story telling charity to enable them to continue their story telling programme for over 65s.
The home presented the cheque to the local charity on behalf of Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, which is a registered charity that gives grants to older people and other adults with a disability to help combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged in the communities where the Barchester care homes operate.
Sherbourne Food Festival
Richard Sweeting, activities coordinator, recently supported the home by attending the Sherbourne Food Festival. This popular events attracts a number of visitors over the 3-day period, with over 100 craft and food stalls, live entertainment, demo kitchens, children’s activities and entertainment, funfair, vintage cars and bikes; and plenty more family entertainment. It was great to be part of the fantastic 3 day event.
Residents and relatives welcomed the community based choir, Tadchorale for a special afternoon concert. Their performnace and sound raised the roof to the delights of residents who toe-tapped and sing-a-long to familiar songs.
The group is a firm favourite with the residents and after the singing, the residents enjoyed an afternoon tea. We look forward to their Christmas Festive concert!
Coffee Morning Raises Funds for Local Nursery
Residents and staff at Highfield welcome members from the community to host a coffee morning to raise funds for local nursery. The school is currently raising funds to support the general upkeep of the nursery which aims to improve the experience they offer their children and help support them further within there environment.