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Belong and ‘Oomph!’ team up on ‘whole team’ approach to wellbeing

Belong Residents with Belong Experience Coordinator Kerith Pepperdine L-R Dianne Wrench Peggy Hart Louise Allison Kerith Pepperdine and Shirley Heaton

Award winning social enterprise Oomph! has helped leading care provider Belong extend its wellbeing and activities programmes.

The partnership has seen Oomph! rollout its Wellbeing Leadership programme to 50 household leads and experience co-ordinators, as well as providing resource packs to promote a more diverse and creative approach to activities.

Belong’s Chief Operating Officer, Stacey McCann, said: “Enabling people to lead the lives they choose is fundamental to our vision and we are always striving towards a more person-centred approach.

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“At Belong, we promise a varied programme of activities and exercise for all our customers and recognised that we needed to get the whole team on board to deliver this, and to ensure our provision is adapted to each person’s choice and ability.  Oomph!’s programme offers a refreshing approach that goes way beyond exercise and has given us the opportunity to enhance the way we involve all our colleagues in creating meaningful experiences for our customers.”

As well as training, the programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Create, which has been designed in partnership with The Lightbox Gallery, who provide specialist art programmes for older adults. The workshop focuses on building skills in painting, collage and sculpture, while further workshops will focus on culture, nature and sport.

Taking a whole-team approach to activities, Oomph!’s training focuses on ensuring every member of Belong has the skills to provide fresh and varied exercise and activities that residents love. Emphasis is also placed on creating person-centred plans that are sustained and recorded, so that providers can demonstrate to the regulator that they are meeting and exceeding activity requirements.

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! is delighted to be working with the Belong team. It is a privilege to be an integral part of the organisation’s wellbeing provision. We will work in partnership to drive innovation and participation across the communities and are excited to be adding further fun and engagement to customer activities!”

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