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 was also previously a trustee. I have also written an article for Barchester's blog, titled, 'A day in the life of an activities coordinator at Barchester', which you can read by clicking here.
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
Back to School
Back to school for the residents at Hollyfields, as year 6 pupils came to visit the home this week with a special wartime theme. Residents were treated to classic 1940s songs from the children as well as special wartime poetry recitals.
Strictly Ballroom Surprise
June is a lady who for most of her life has enjoyed Ballroom Dancing, so much in fact that her and her husband participated in many Ballroom & Latin Dance competitions.
June loved Ballroom Dancing so much that she became a dance teacher and taught many youngsters at her dance school. As June got older her love for Ballroom Dancing remained and until only a few years ago June continued to teach.
June loves dancing, so when the nights start drawing in and the colder weather arrives she knows that Strictly Come Dancing can’t be far away from or television screens and likes to sit and watch the celebrities put through their paces almost becoming the fifth judge.
June has always thought of Anton Du Beck as her favourite professional on the show and even though he couldn’t make a visit to Hollyfields due to his very busy filming schedule he did manage to put a smile on Junes face when I presented her with a signed photograph of him earlier today.
With the lead up to Christmas we also have a Strictly Ballroom Surprise for June and many other of our residents as we host a special afternoon Tea Dance.
Residents at Hollyfields enjoyed the early signs of autumn as they went out into the grounds and fields to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air.
Residents enjoyed a morning of therapeutic activities whilst listening to some calming and soothing sounds. Residents who wouldn't usually engage did so with the use of our iPad, making kaleidoscope images with the their fingers. The use of the robotic cat offered some companionship for a lady who missed her own pet and reminisced about when she had to shake its food to try and get him to come home
Residents enjoyed a morning of reminiscence fun with Ellie from Musical Moments, singing & laughing whilst sharing beautiful lyrics from their favourite songs.