Residents help WCS Care Lifestyle Coaches celebrate with a little Oomph!

Margaret (centre), who lives at Four Ways, presents WCS Care Lifestyle Coaches Jeanette Goode (left) and Sue Fox (right) with their certificates from Oomph!

Residents in Leamington Spa are leading the celebrations for two WCS Care Lifestyle Coaches who’ve been announced as runners up in a national competition to find the most energetic, skilled, and passionate exercise and activities staff.

Jeanette Goode and Sue Fox, who work with people living at Four Ways on Mason Avenue in Lillington, were among the finalists in care homes across the country to be shortlisted for the Oomph! Co-ordinator of the Year prize.

WCS Care’s Lifestyle Coaches deliver inspiring, innovative, and customised exercise classes and activities to residents, providing a wide range of opportunities to stimulate their physical and mental wellbeing including those developed by Oomph! – an award-winning social enterprise.

Although the pair - who’ve been working together at Four Ways for the last eight-and-a-half-years - just missed out on the title, their joint nomination made it in to the top three nationally and received praise from expert judges in the adult social care sector.

The panel said Jeanette and Sue ‘…are very inclusive in their approach and the side range of activities looks great…’ and that comments made about them going the extra mile and never giving up ‘…clearly demonstrate impact as well as clearly making the activities really enjoyable.’

Barbara, who moved in to Four Ways earlier this year, said: ‘They couldn’t have picked a better pair because they like people to get involved with everything they don’t like to feel that someone has been left out. They’ve always got a smile for you.’

Pearl Mackey, Home Manager at Four Ways, said: ‘Sue and Jeanette go the extra mile and they don’t give up. They are bubbly, bright, positive, happy, smiley people that have already got our company values aligned with them and they bring a buzz and the X Factor to Four Ways.’

They’ve improved the confidence of some of our residents – we’ve got one resident who moved in and had lacked confidence after living in her room for many years at home, who now runs Oomph! sessions after moving here.’

Margaret, who has lived at Four Ways since 2016, explained how Sue and Jeanette’s Oomph! classes have helped her: ‘When I was younger, I used to bowl from the age of 16 to 61, so I had always been active – but didn’t feel I was doing much at home more recently before I moved here.

‘Now I’m at Four Ways, with the Oomph! classes, we do exercises, go out for walks, go shopping, do various trips and so on. It just brings us all together.’

Find out more about Sue and Jeanette’s role as Lifestyle Coaches – and how to apply if you’d like to join our team – on our Opportunities page or take a look at the video below: