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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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Residents Outing to Bewdley

Residents enjoy an afternoon of fun and sunshine overlooking the river Severn and eating fish and chips, hoping the summer won't end anytime soon.

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Wimbledon Fun

There is nothing like sitting in the sunshine and watching the British tennis tournament of the year. Residents enjoyed their favourite tipple too!

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Football's Coming Home

Residents prepare for a gripping England performance in this year's World Cup in Russia. Excitement builds as England progress to the semi-finals, and the residents love getting behind their team.

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Magic Table Fun

Residents at Hollyfields sit down to another magical session of fun and interaction with the Tovertafle. Residents enjoy playing matching games as well as reminiscent jigsaw puzzles and lots more!

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70 Years of the NHS

Hollyfields staff and residents visited Kidderminster Hospital with cream cakes, balloons and cards to wish the NHS a happy 70th birthday.

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A Day in the Life

Activities Coordinator, Michael Butler, writes about his experiences working at Hollyfields in a wonderful blog post, which you can read by clicking here.

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