Care services getting active with new wellbeing initiative

We’ve partnered with neighbouring Active Partnership, Team Beds and Luton and award-winning social enterprise Oomph! to provide care services with a huge variety of exercise resources.

We’re aiming to keep service users fit and healthy, with everything from chair-based salsa video workouts to strength and balance exercise plans.

By working in partnership with Team Beds and Luton on a joint application to Sport England, we’ve received vital funding to support care services with access to the Oomph! On Demand digital platform.

17 care services in Bedfordshire, Luton, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are now using the digital platform, which is full of exercise and activity resources. The resources are designed specifically for care homes, sheltered housing, retirement living, day centres and other care providers.

The platform features a wide variety of exercise content, from adapted chair-based dance sessions to exercise plans and mindfulness videos, and activity content including interactive quizzes, printable activity books and a weekly newspaper.

The partnership is the first of its kind and will robustly track and measure the impact of the support on Bedfordshire, Luton, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes participants using regular forms.

 

Activity Coordinator Care Home in Milton Keynes commented,

“The online sessions Boosted the residents confidence with mobility.

One particular resident was left in a very happy and confident mood soon after the session finished, she felt more able to walk and move better”.

 

Leap Project Manager, Abbi Mckane commented,

“It’s great to be working with Oomph! On Demand on this pilot. At Leap we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help improve the health and wellbeing of older adults.

We are excited to work in partnership with organisations from Bucks and Milton Keynes to enable their residents to feel more confident, independent and happier to access opportunities that support them to be more active”.

Project participation Manager Leap – Abbi Mckane

 

The platform is available 365 days a year, across a diverse range of topics and meeting a range of interests and abilities. It will enable service users to tune into live and recorded sessions, including language lessons, virtual tours and history talks.

Staff and service users are able to select activities according to their desired wellbeing goal or personal interests.

 

Matt Hamblin, Business Director at Oomph Wellness said,

“Oomph! are delighted to be working with Team Beds & Luton and Leap on this exciting new partnership. Oomph! On Demand will be able to

provide invaluable resources and inspiration to drive meaningful engagement for residents across all participating services.”

 

For more information on this project please contact Abbi amckan@leapwithus.org.uk