Fun, games and fitness for care home residents as Oakmont Lodge collaborates with Bangor Council on ‘Active Communities’ initiative.
Sporty residents at Maria Mallaband Care Group’s Bangor nursing home Oakmont Lodge Care Home have been exercising their minds and bodies during the home’s collaboration with Bangor Council on a national initiative aimed at increasing participation in sporting activities.
Over the course of six weeks specialist coaches from the Sports Department of Bangor Council are visiting the home to teach residents how to play various sports and games.
Their first week began with an introduction to New Age Curling. Activities Organiser at Oakmont Lodge, Mel Watson, Said: “It was a great introduction to the programme which we all enjoyed. Everyone got completely caught up in the good natured competition of the game and finding new skills that they never knew they had. The residents are already looking forward to next week’s fun and games!”
Active Communities is a Sport Northern Ireland National Lottery Funded initiative that aims to increase participation in sport and physical recreation in Northern Ireland, especially among underrepresented groups.
Sport Northern Ireland has invested £13.1m to the employment of 116 Active Communities coaches and their deployment throughout all 26 district council areas of Northern Ireland, with a responsibility to provide quality and accessible opportunities for participation in a diverse range of sports and activities.
Oakmont Lodge has gained praise and national recognition for their efforts in ensuring that physically disabled residents have an equal opportunity to take part in sports and physical recreation. The nursing home was awarded membership by charity Disability Sports NI which aims at encouraging those with disabilities to get involved with sports.
Care Manager Eleanor Kerr said: “We are excited to be taking part in the Active Communities initiative with Bangor Council. Exercise and physical recreational activities have so many associated benefits for the physical and mental wellbeing of residents and we believe that it’s very important that all of our residents have the opportunity to stay active regardless of any physical or mental disabilities.”