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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Michael Butler

Hi, my name is Michael Butler and I am the Activities Coordinator at Hollyfields. I joined the team back in July 2007 and have held this position since then. During my time at the home, I have become NAPA-qualified, been a finalist for Activities Coordinator of the Year twice in the Barchester Care Awards and reached the finals at the Great British Care Awards (West Midlands) in 2014 and 2017. In 2015, I won the award for Barchester's Charitable Foundation Champion and since then, I have become a trustee for the Foundation.

My role as Activities Coordinator involves providing those we support with a meaningful and bespoke activities programme and to help improve their well-being, promoting independence on a daily basis. My role also involves engaging residents with their local community, either through community groups attending the home or through residents enjoying trips out.

Our activities programmes are based on residents' interests and include occupational therapy, sensory stimulation, cognitive activities, arts and crafts, food-based activities and outdoor community events.

Activities at Hollyfields

Our Activities programme is formulated using resident requests and feedback from resident meetings. Residents are involved in planning the programme with things they they would like to do throughout the year. There is a mixture of activities that take place including both group and 1-1 engagement. Residents at Hollyfields particularly enjoy movement to music activities enabling them to increase their level of physical abilities and have fun at the same time, whilst others enjoy musical singalongs and food based activities throughout the week.

We have a mini bus that enables us to reconnect our residents with their community in ways that suite themselves as individuals. This can be achieved by visiting local farms, Georgian towns, local attractions and even the local public house for lunch with friends. Hollyfields have a great relationship with their local community and have visits from local organisations such as The Wyre Community Land Trust and are currently undertaking a 12 week funded project from Arts Etc. Residents at Hollyfields enjoy Pet Therapy visits from their pet rabbit 'Thumper' and like to help clean and feed him daily. Relatives can be encouraged to join us for activities and again are very supportive with delivering theme days and fundraising events within the home.

Life at our home

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Good Friday Fun Day

Residents, staff and visitors gathered at Hollyfields for a special good Friday fun day with music, entertainment, fun and laughter.

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Getting Creative

Residents at Hollyfields enjoyed painting daffodils in preparation for our St David's Day celebrations on 1st March.

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Hymns at Hollyfields

Hollyfields' minister recently left the home and, since then, we have been holding our own church services, with hymns and prayers and the reciting of passages from the Bible by residents.

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National Pizza Day

Residents at Hollyfields took part in National Pizza Day by making their own pizzas and choosing their own toppings. It was a great food-based activity for everyone. The home was filled with the smell of melted cheese and tomato.

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Making Memories

We've been making memories here at Hollyfields! Families and friends brought in objects that mean something to their loved ones, and these boxes will stay with residents for reminiscence activities in the future.

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The Hollyfields Tavern

Residents at Hollyfields have been enjoying running their own bar with real ales and wines available for them to serve up to their punters.

Many residents at Hollyfields used to run their own public houses; Mike and Thora Tindal used to run one in Bromsgrove and Hollyfield's Tavern brought back fond memories for them.

Some residents loved serving the drinks, polishing the glasses and one gentleman even wood stained the bar as part of the project. We had a naming competition and the winner was 'The Hollyfields Tavern'. 

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