Entrepreneur gives outings some Oomph!

Scarborough entrepreneur Ben Allen.
Scarborough entrepreneur Ben Allen.

Scarborough entrepreneur Ben Allen, who founded Oomph! in 2013 to improve the quality of life of old people in care homes, has embarked on another major project.

He is launching a new excursions service to tackle the issue of too many old and vulnerable people getting stuck indoors because of lack of funding. He has received £1.5million investment to start the nationwide roll out.

Barchester Healthcare Founder, Mike Parsons along with the Care and Wellbeing Fund and Nesta Impact Investments have together invested £1.5m into the outings service.

The service will provide up to six trips a month for a flat fee.

Prices will start from £160 per excursion, putting regular outings within reach of services that can’t currently offer them.

Ben 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 while each still gets exclusive outings for their residents.

“I just can’t accept that so many vulnerable people are stuck indoors due to public funding pressures.”

Oomph! was developed from running exercise classes for clients in Scarborough and the company still works with Dunollie Nursing and Care Home and Scarborough Hall.

The company has grown since its Scarborough days and now operates from the Shetlands to the Isle of Wight.