We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies. However our physical health and mental health are closely linked – so physical activity can be very beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing too.
At Active Oxfordshire, we work together with many partners to raise the awareness of the benefits of physical activity on our mental health and wellbeing.
We share good practice, develop and promote campaigns, highlight successes and failures and work towards our aim of reducing inactivity levels across Oxfordshire.
Healthy for Life is one of Active Oxfordshire's Three Pillars. We want to make sure that anyone facing mental health difficulties can access a personalised physical activity pathway designed to protect their health and wellbeing
Oxfordshire Mind are here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.
The Physical Activity and Wellbeing project at Oxfordshire Mind offers support to those that want to become more active, as well as a variety of sport and physical activity sessions.
We also work closely with the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership and co-ordinate the South East Mind Network to provide physical activity opportunities for people experiencing mental health difficulties as well as sharing learnings and best practice.
Aspire are here to help our community's most marginalised people to overcome these issues and build their skills, qualifications, work experience and resilience to achieve their full potential.
Active Oxfordshire work in partnership with a variety of other organisations aiming to improve mental wellbeing through physical activity, such as Restore, SOFEA and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to name a few more.
Active Oxfordshire led on a Sport England funded project called "Active Body, Healthy Mind". Partners from across Oxfordshire worked in collaboration to improve people's mental wellbeing through Sport and Physical Activity. The programme ran from 2014-18 and significantly raised the awareness about the benefits of Physical Activity and the opportunities available in the county.
Although the programme has ended we have kept the website (link below) and hope it can be useful to people and professionals looking for information about being more active.