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November 2019

Oomph! Release Annual Impact Report 2019

By Care Home, Community, Out and about

We’re delighted to release our brand new Oomph! Impact Report 2019. This has been an inspirational year for us, our clients and the residents we support. 

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • We have trained over 5,400 staff, and have delivered over 55,000 exercise classes
  • 100% of staff would recommend our training to a colleague
  • We have gone on 5,500 trips, taking 21,000 residents Out & About

You can read the full report here, for detailed information and some wonderful stories that bring the facts and stats to life.

A big thank you to all of our partners who have contributed to our success this year, we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to another inspiring year…

Roll on 2020!


Image: Karuna Manor, TLC

Care home trip to observatory brings back memories for resident

By Out and about

A recent Oomph! trip to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre held special memories for one care home resident at Ashbourne House, Greater Manchester. Bill Ramsbottom, Oomph! Conductor, tells the story…

“Naomi is a resident at Ashbourne House, Gatley, and has had sight problems since she was in her early teens, with the inherited causing the gradual loss of sight to the point where she is now almost entirely blind. 

Naomi has always refused to join the other residents on Oomph! trips, saying it was pointless due to her lack of sight. I, and several carers, tried on numerous occasions to persuade her to join us. We assured her that she would have a full verbal description of wherever we were going, but this was without success… Until Jodrell Bank Observatory was mentioned! Naomi immediately sprang to attention and said, “If you are going to Jodrell Bank then I would like to come along” and so, she did. 

I have to say, that the carers, other residents and myself expressed our pleasure that she had finally accepted to join us. In fact my elation lasted the whole day and was still apparent when I got home that evening and obviously observed by my wife. 

That trip in itself was – I thought – a breakthrough, but I was concerned that we may face refusals on future trips. However, the next trip was to Blackpool Illuminations which quite obviously is a visual experience and I was overjoyed to find that Naomi enjoyed Jodrell Bank so much she was just as eager to join us on this trip. Because her sight allows her to see brightness and darkness, it was thought a good idea that Naomi sit in the front of the bus with me so that she could gain some visual experience combined with verbal help from the rest of the bus occupants including myself. 

Having chatted with her during our fish and chip meal, I am seriously looking forward to the next trip and having her join us again!”

Naomi says of the trip, “I came here in the 60s, when I was at boarding school. And I came with my husband. This trip was very nice, I loved it! Thank you for what you’re doing, [I had] a lovely day.”


To find out more about getting your residents Out & About, email hello@oomph-wellness.org or call 0203 601 6363


It’s Never ‘Just’ a Garden Centre

By Out and about

Garden Centres are a popular choice of destination for residents who are going on Oomph! trips, but these aren’t always perceived as the most exciting selection. Oomph!’s Lead Conductor in the North, John Daley, discusses why he feels that we should cut these locations a little bit more slack…

Since starting with Oomph!, I’ve heard on numerous occasions when I’ve asked, “Where are we going today?”, the reply, “Oh, just a Garden Centre”. On the outside I’m smiling, but on the inside I’m thinking “It’s not just a Garden Centre!”.

The Garden Centre is a location my wife personally inflicts on me once or twice a month, where I get dragged around various displays of clothing, candles and books from obscure authors writing on subjects I’ve got no interest in (no offence intended to train, tram, bus or tractor spotters), alongside some plants and spades.

If I behave myself (no huffing and puffing, pulling faces or generally looking bored) I’m treated to tea and a cake, and then we go home, suitably refreshed, carrying candles, a weird coloured fleece and a book about 1930’s Massey Fergusson tractors.

This has always been my experience of Garden Centres, however, since joining the Oomph! Out & About service, I’ve seen the true impact of going to these places. Places that I once thought of as torture, now become amazing venues filled with new and exciting objects that can be touched and smelled and that are visually colourful – a true Aladdin’s  cave of treasures. Some residents love to interact with young children, their parents and the staff of the Garden Centres, their faces light up with these encounters. The people who come on our trips leave the Garden Centres mentally stimulated, and this is sometimes the only time they are able to get out of their care home setting.

And then they are treated to tea and cake just like I am – although they huff and puff less beforehand! This is another part of the trip residents enjoy, socialising with each other and staff members in a different location… It truly is a humbling experience.

On the ride home, some of the residents fall asleep due to all the mental stimulation they’ve just encountered, others chat with the staff about their visit. It’s a picture of contentment either way.

So whenever I hear, “Just a garden centre”, there may well be a smile on my face… and that’s because I know that it definitely is not JUST a Garden Centre at all.


To find out more about getting your residents Out & About, email hello@oomph-wellness.org or call 0203 601 6363