oomph sesssion at Red Bank Tennats

Funded project celebrate's 5th anniversary

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    12th September 2017

Tags: funding, wellbeing

In April 2016 GreaterSport teamed up with Oomph! to test some new approaches to delivering group based exercise sessions for older and vulnerable adults in order to help improve the quality of life. Oomph! is a social enterprise that had trained and supported members of staff in residential care homes to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver outstanding exercise and activities. GreaterSport invested in a small pilot to train 10 new Oomph! session leaders from four different providers to broaden the range of settings the programme is delivered in and to shift the target audience to people living in the wider community.

Street Shakers in Bury were appointed by GreaterSport as one of the organisations tasked to use the Oomph! training and resources to deliver in shelter schemes/supported living accommodation and community centres. Street Shakers formed a partnership with Six Town Housing who manage an extra care housing scheme in Radcliffe and are keen to improve wellbeing opportunities for their tenants. Together, they set about encouraging people to think more about their activity levels and offered a series of free taster sessions to the residents

On average, 12 participants came along to the sessions every week which included games, chair based dance and singing out loud!

The pilot proved so popular, the group funded Street Shakers to continue once a fortnight and this project is still in place over a year later.

Street Shakers saw an opportunity to encourage more intergenerational activity in the area and so at Christmas, a group of 20 dancers volunteered to stage a performance for an audience of very enthusiastic residents! The young volunteers gained a real appreciation for why it is important to support those less mobile in their community and the older residents commented on how wonderful it was to have youth lighting up the room.

This partnership has since seen the young people sign up to volunteer to more opportunities in the community and the original group from Red Bank came out for a night as guests to watch Street Shakers annual production in the beautifully restored Met Theatre in Bury.

Today (Tuesday 12th September), Red Bank Tenants and Residents Association are holding an event, funded by Ambition for Ageing to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the first tenant moving in. Street Shakers “Seniors” will be there performing their chair based dance skills and inviting all to take part and encouraging a more active lifestyle.