Award-winning social enterprise Oomph! are partnering with Places for People Living+, a leading specialist supported housing provider in the UK, to train staff, volunteers and customers as part of a Sport England subsidised programme, which aims to get 27,000 over 55s from inactive to active within the next two years.
The pioneering partnership enables 12 Living+ venues across the North West and South East to deliver fun, regular exercise sessions for customers, whilst also engaging the wider community.
The fun-first training incorporates strength, flexibility and coordination, with games such as Slipper Soccer, Armchair Volleyball and Clock Cricket – all adapted from traditional versions of the sports to make them accessible for people with a variety of needs and abilities, whilst retaining gameplay and fun!
One Oomph! course attendee said: “This course was so much fun and I hope other customers enjoy Oomph! as much as I do!”
Suzanne Porter, Living+ Services Manager for Later Life said: We are excited to be partnering with Oomph as part of this initiative to help get more of our older customers active. We have thoroughly enjoyed the training so far and look forward to getting out into more of our communities to deliver a range of fun activities which improve the health and wellbeing of the people we support.
Glenis Griffin, Living+ Housing and Wellbeing Advisor and instructor, said: Oomph has already made such a difference to our customers, improving their mobility and fitness whilst having a great time. It makes my job so worthwhile when I hear our customers laugh and see the results the activities are having.
Ben Allen, Oomph!’s CEO, said: “Oomph! is excited to be working with the Places for People Living+ team. It is a privilege to be a key partner and support their wellbeing initiatives across their communities. We are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to exercise sessions, and look forward to working together over the coming months!”