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Editorial - Spotlight on - OOMPH!

OOMPH! “Our Organisation Makes People Happy”, is an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to enhancing the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of older adults. Working with residential and community care organisations, Oomph! deliver ground-breaking, cost effective solutions to give older people the best possible quality of life. Their main goal is to make millions of older people all over the world happier and healthier, and by doing so create a care sector that puts quality of life front and centre. Oomph! came up with a fantastic excursions service ‘Out and About’, after Ben Allen company CEO and Founder, realised that although many care-homes have their own mini bus, residents don’t actually leave the premises very often. “We got frustrated that what we were doing was all about life inside the home and we started exploring why it was so difficult to get residents out.” says Ben.
Research conducted by consultancy Deloitte, found that while 55% of for-profit care homes provide a minibus service, the average cost was £1800 a month for two trips. It was hard to find drivers and was time consuming to plan trips. With Oomph!’s scheme, a half day trip for eight people could be realised for £160, and the cost includes full preparation by a ‘conductor’ who not only drives but also plans the outing according to the residents’ wishes.
Currently Oomph! reaches more than 1,000 care homes and other residential settings, including sheltered housing, delivering about 4,000 exercise and activity classes a year.
Ben Allen, who won Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, first contacted Merton Chamber of Commerce with an interest in ‘hyperlocal’ [matters that concern the local community]. Based in Wimbledon Village, Ben has a desire to connect with local businesses in Merton and Oomph! have even let out part of their office space to other entrepreneurs to do just that. Merton Chamber of Commerce were very pleased to support Oomph!’s launch event in March, by inviting many people from the health and wellbeing sectors as well as those from the local Merton community. Oomph! has recently become our newest Premier member and is already reaping the benefits of a Relationship Manager and many opportunities to network.

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  • wellness
  • marketing
  • elderly
  • care
  • copywriting

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