June 14, 2016
Oomph Wellness train 104 Activators supporting Active Cumbria’s Forever Active Programme
As part of a ‘Forever Active’ Programme, Active Cumbria, who are part of Cumbria County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Service have partnered with Oomph Wellness to train and support people who work with the elderly to deliver fun interactive sessions which aim to improve physical mobility, increase social interaction and mental stimulation.
Forever Active aims to support and encourage Older Adults across Cumbria to become more physically active. 22% of the population in Cumbria is aged over 65 and by 2020 it is estimated to increase to nearly 25%.
Sadly Physical Activity levels decrease as we age and by 75 years only 1 in 10 men and 1 in 20 women are sufficiently active for good health. Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults.
In order to support our more senior residents Active Cumbria in partnership with Oomph! Wellness have trained 104 people across Cumbria in a number of settings ranging from care homes, sheltered accommodation, community venues and support groups. Trainees are now able to deliver fun and interactive sessions which aim to improve physical mobility, increase social interaction and mental stimulation.
AGE UK Barrow have incorporated Oomph sessions into their Respectability programme, Jackie Hyles and Lisa Horlacher both Volunteer Development Workers at AGE UK Barrow & District now deliver their sessions several times a week to different groups at the centre on Abbey Road. Numbers have been increasing every week and even those that don’t physically participate listen to the music and join in by singing along! Jackie highlights that
“Our Friday group enjoy this so much that if I am not ready by 1.30 they send out a search party to find me in order to do this! Several of those that take part say that they are starting to feel a difference and really enjoy their sessions and that it’s great to follow my lead. I try to make it different each week to prevent boredom and on occasions they pick their own moves to do and take it in turns”
Kelly Alty, Development Officer for Physical Activity at Active Cumbria. “Working in partnership with Oomph! has provided a fantastic platform for Cumbria County Council’s Active Cumbria team to help support our County’s ageing population to become more physically active and improve their quality of life. Our County already has some great initiatives, volunteers and people and by supporting them further with this training we are building capacity and skills within the sector. We have received some fantastic comments from those taking part and delivering the sessions and we are looking forward to assessing the impact this has made”