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 Hollyfields Care Home
Residents love to keep active and engaged and one way in which we continue to support this is through active seated games, which promote fun, laughter and exercise without participants thinking it's just exercise.
Activities like this aid cognitive functioning, movement and muscle memory. These activities feature regularly in our activity planner to enable us to promote activities that benefit mind, body and soul.
The Magic Table
Residents at Hollyfields have been engaging regularly with the Magic Table, which provides a multi-sensory and fun-filled experience for all. The games are designed to stimulate the mind and help improve cognitive impairment. It is always a popular activity amongst our residents.
Christmas Has Come!
Santa came to see the residents and staff at Hollyfields and Ivy House. Usually, Santa would visit residents in their rooms and communal areas of the home, but due to current restrictions, Santa made his way into the grounds and managed to visit most of those who wanted to see him. Santa rang his bell for everyone to hear and those who couldn't sit outside waved from the windows.
During the pandemic, the support from our local community has been fantastic, and we've had support from all over. We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us, so we delivered handmade chocolate bouquets to everyone who helped us. There are so many of you to thank and we hope to continue our friendships into and throughout 2021.
At Hollyfields, residents have been enjoying arts and craft sessions for Halloween, carving pumpkins that were donated by our local Morrisons Ssuperstore in Kidderminster. The store was happy to help with donations to assist with delivering both art and reminiscence activities to aid activity provision.
Residents at Hollyfields and Ivy House received letters from their pen pals at Franche Community Primary School, which were welcomed by all.
Residents really enjoyed have their letters read and listening to what the children had been up to during lockdown.