UK care organisation Belong has partnered with social enterprise Oomph! to enhance the wellbeing and activities programmes in place across its seven care villages.
The partnership has seen Oomph! roll out its wellbeing leadership programme to 50 members of staff, as well as providing resource packs to promote a more diverse and creative approach to activities.
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, which provides specialist art programmes for older adults.
The workshops focus on building skills in three different artistic mediums – painting, collage and sculpture, while further workshops will focus on culture, nature and sport.
Belong CEO 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.
“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.”
Ben Allen, Oomph 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.”
Belong Villages consist of supported ‘households’ offering 24-hour care and apartments for independent living.