On Friday 2nd October we were humbled to be part of the NAPA Awards 2020. An online event hosted by Hilary Woodhead of NAPA to celebrate the amazing individuals who bring so much joy through meaningful activities to people living in care.
MacIntyre are a charity that support and empower young adults with learning disabilities to live lives that make sense to them. We are thrilled to hear that our Mobii Magic Surface has brought so much joy to their Supported Living schemes across Shropshire kindly provided by Shropshire Adult Care Services.
MacIntyre Area Manager Rowan Jackson told us:
‘The Mobii Magic Surface projector has been just amazing and is in huge demand across all our services’.
She goes on to explain that many of the people they support are non-verbal, but it is clear from their ‘giggles, smiles and general excitement’ how much they are ‘enjoying interacting with the games, music and activities.’
One of the unexpected benefits, she tells us, has been the extra exercise it has encouraged, with one gentleman losing a significant amount of excess weight due to his regular use of the system. Rowan said the feedback they’ve received from staff running the sessions has been hugely positive with many commenting on ‘how easy it is to use and how much they’ve enjoyed seeing the fun it brings given the restricted times everyone is living in’.MacIntyre, Shropshire have written to tell us that the Mobii system has been a ‘huge success and is enjoyed by everyone’. They currently share one of our Mobii mobile systems across many services but are hopeful that they will be able to have more systems to support the people they work with soon.
Rowan Jackson, Area Manager, MacIntyre, Shropshire.
Proud to display our Recognised NAPA Supplier status again this year.
This means the National Activity Providers Association have approved OM Interactive as a company that promotes innovative and person-centred activities in care. We are huge supporters of all the work that NAPA do to encourage creative and engaging activities that are respectful, allow choice, are life-affirming and fun.
On 6th September 2019 we were delighted to see our very own Ambassador, Noah Wall, back on our screens as part of the DIYSOS 20th Anniversary Special on BBC1.
The programme celebrated the amazing impact the DIYSOS home make-over has had on the Wall family in the five years since it was filmed, particularly the incredible advances Noah has made, due in part to the specialist equipment he was gifted. Born with spina bifida and only 2% brain Noah was not expected to survive birth let alone develop into the bright capable boy we know and love today.
His Mum, Shelly, talks movingly about the way his life has been transformed in this interview with BBC Radio Cumbria…
She still feels indebted to the kindness of those who volunteered their time and donated life-changing equipment, particularly the gifts of Noah’s first wheelchair and his beloved sensory floor. The chair gave Noah the freedom to move on his own and the sensory floor motivated him to move.
Every day the omiVista sensory floor activities were used to encourage Noah to move, roll, stretch, flip, think, laugh and play: helping him to develop his muscles, reflexes, coordination, aiding digestion, calming him with relaxing music and nature images and all whilst exercising his brain. Shelly is convinced this sensory and physical stimulation has had a profound effect on his overall development. He can move his legs more than ever before and his brain has grown to an incredible 80%, confounding all medical opinion.Noah continues to amaze us all with his personal achievements and determination. He has been through so much in his short life and faces each hurdle with such courage, we are just incredibly proud to have played a part in his story.Watch Noah’s full episode of DIY SOS on iPlayer:Please visit his @HugsforNoah page to learn more about him