Oomph! Care home outings provider raises £1.5m

It’s “Out and About” excursion service will be rolled out in the South East, South Wales, Liverpool and North West, East Yorkshire and East Midlands

Care home outings provider Oopmph! has raised £1.5m, with the investment coming from Barchester Healthcare founder, Mike Parsons along with the Care and Wellbeing Fund and Nesta Impact Investments.

Proving day trips and wellbeing activates to care home residents such as music and sport events, tips to botanic gardens, art galleries and the pub, Oomph! will use the finance to grow their minibus fleet to 80 in 2017.

Founded by entrepreneur Ben Allen, Oopmh’s “Out and About” excursion service will be rolled out in the South East, South Wales, Liverpool and North West, East Yorkshire and East Midlands in March.

Regional care groups such as WCS Care, HICA and Cumbric Care Group have all already signed up, with prices starting from £160 per excursion.

Allen said:

“The Out and About model radically reduces the cost and effort of running outings for care services. We are effectively helping services in an area to club together to achieve economies of scale whilst each still gets exclusive outings for their residents.

“Care home owners have told me of their dismay for residents who’ve not been outside for months. I just can’t accept that so many vulnerable people are stuck indoors due to public funding pressures.”

Parsons said:

“This is a no brainer for care services, Out & About excursions will significantly enhance the offering of providers currently unable to afford regular day trips and provide a much savvier option for those burdened with the costs and logistical issues involved in running their own outings.”

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