This month Oomph! were delighted to announce that Embrace home, Manor House, won our national competition to get residents exercising outdoors. The home amazed everyone with their exercise at a local Ice Rink, on the beach and at a fairground - taking Oomph! to the next, Al Fresco, level! Congratulations to all the residents at the home!
Oomph! are also excited to announce two entirely new kinds of partnership with Active Cumbria and Bexley Council, meaning that we are extending our services into new locations and reaching more beneficiaries.
We were delighted to attend Silver Sunday on the 4th October, an event at the Mayor of London’s office aimed to get younger and older people together to perform, dance and engage with each other. Opened by Barbara Windsor, with special workshops and activities for guests, attendees at Silver Sunday had the opportunity to Oomph! with Head of Training, Steve, waving their pom poms and moving in time with the music. We were even featured on the Evening News on London Live!
The staff at Manor House Care Home in Bicester, have been recognised in a national competition - the ‘Oomph! Al Fresco Challenge’ - designed to get care home residents moving again by putting on fun-filled exercise classes in imaginative and inspiring locations.
The Manor House residents take part in four ‘Oomph!’ exercise sessions per week in the home and have taken the classes to a local ice rink and to Southsea beach, where residents exercised on a boat, on the seafront and on a fairground carousel. Activity Coordinators Sharon Wheeler and Amber Darbyshire, who were trained by the award-winning social enterprise ‘Oomph!’ to deliver inspiring exercise classes, have now been recognised for their engaging and dedicated approach.
Manor House were chosen from hundreds of care homes nationally that have delivered Oomph! sessions - a new approach to exercise in older adults that uses singing, popular upbeat music, colourful sensory props and themed story-telling and reminiscence-led choreography. Founder, Ben Allen said: “Oomph! stands for Our Organisation Makes People Happy! and that’s what we aim to do every day. Unless older adults are enjoying themselves, they simply won’t take part. Our classes are designed to stimulate residents mentally, physically and emotionally.”
Amber Darbyshire commented: “We’re thrilled to have won this award. We know that regular exercise has a very positive impact on residents’ health, wellbeing and happiness - by making it so much fun it’s easier for us all to keep at it. We are really excited to keep on developing new ways to support residents to keep fit and active, and Oomph! enables us to support each resident to exercise in a way that is fun and accessible to them. Through co-designing classes with residents, they are fully engaged throughout the process and the end result is that the routines are enjoyable for everyone involved.”
Manor House resident, Sylvia Jessup, who has seen improved mobility as a result of the classes, said: “Oomph! makes me feel great. The exercises are really fun, and I enjoy shaking the pom-poms around in the air! There is always lots of singing and dancing which makes me happy, and I always look forward to Oomph! classes.”
Melissa Maycock, the daughter of resident Jennifer Maycock, said “Through her participation in Oomph! I’ve seen my mother become more positive and engaged. The classes have helped her to come out of her shell and the Manor House team are always very kind and caring, carefully taking into consideration her particular needs and adapting the exercises to ensure she is comfortable.”
Manor House Service Manager, Jane Ritchie, commented: “At Manor House we are dedicated to delivering a wide variety of activities which are tailored to the interests and abilities of residents. Activities which bring together colour, movement and music are highly beneficial and therapeutic for residents living with dementia and complex conditions, and the benefits of Oomph! classes have resonated through Manor House. Residents are enthusiastic about exercising at a pace which suits them, and relatives are delighted about the positive changes they see in their loved ones."
Oomph! were excited to attend Silver Sunday on the 4th October, an event at the Mayor’s office aimed to get younger and older people together to perform, dance and engage with each other. Opened by Barbara Windsor, with special workshops and activities for guests, attendees at Silver Sunday had the opportunity to Oomph! with Head of Training, Steve, waving their pom poms and moving in time with the music. We even featured in London Live!
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