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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The Circus Comes to Hollyfields

Residents were treated to some splendid circus skills workshops by the brilliant Anthony Arnolds. They were shown how to spin plates, juggle balls, catch a diablo and ride a unicycle.

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Harvest Festival

Hollyfields visitors, residents and staff enjoyed an afternoon of religious thanks to God as part of their Harvest Festival celebrations. All non-perishable food was donated by relatives and staff and the Co-op in Bewdley for us to deliver to our local food bank next week.

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Hollyfields Hairdressing

This is Deeanna, a fairly new resident at Hollyfields, who worked for many years as a hairdresser. Dee doesn't particularly like cutting men's hair, as she said it can become quite boring because it is too short. Staff at Hollyfields decided to purchase a training mannequin Head for her, and this enables her to fill her time and maintain her skills.

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Pet Therapy

Everyone’s favourite PAT dog, Nell, visited the home again recently and residents were extremely happy to see her.

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Thank You, Sainsbury's

A huge amount of fresh flowers were delivered to residents at Hollyfields by Sainsbury’s staff recently. Residents enjoyed sitting and arranging flowers, which will be displayed around thei home and in their rooms. Residents enjoyed the colours and smells that the flowers bought with them.

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Horticultural Show

Residents visited their local horticultural show with friends and families. The day bought lots of memories back for all of us.

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