Our Oxfordshire community is facing unprecedented challenges as we face a long and difficult winter ahead. Staying active and leading healthy lives is a crucial part of the fight against coronavirus, and we will do everything we can to help people in the greatest need to achieve this.
We are proud to stand with our amazing colleagues from the health, statutory, voluntary and education sectors as we move forward through these exceptionally challenging times together. Please read on to find out how we are responding to the new lockdown restrictions and what we can offer in terms of guidance, advice and support:
How we are responding
Oxfordshire All In: During the first lockdown, Oxfordshire All in brought together hundreds of community groups, reaching thousands of vulnerable residents from across the county. Active Oxfordshire, together with KEEN and Oxford Hub will be co-managing this exceptional voluntary movement going forwards. You can find out more and get involved here
Oxfordshire clubs: We know that grassroots clubs across the county are facing very difficult times ahead. We are providing up to date advice and guidance to clubs, as well as information on funding available and a regular newsletter. This includes information about Sport England's new Return to Play fund.
Active Reach: Active Oxfordshire has been awarded £100,000 from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund to tackle inactivity and health inequalities in areas of greatest need. The first phase of Active Reach in Blackbird Leys has reached hundreds of local families and residents, helping them to get active and protect their health and well-being. We are excited to be able to launch the next phase in parts of Banbury and Abingdon, working closely with charity partners and residents to see how we can move forwards.
Share your Warmth: Without a doubt, we are facing a tough winter ahead. We are particularly aware that there are thousands of older people in Oxfordshire at great risk of isolation and loneliness. By supporting our Share your Warmth campaign in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire, you can help us reach more older people and help them to get active and keep connected this winter.
Helping Oxfordshire stay active
In these difficult times, we are more determined than ever to help Oxfordshire stay active and healthy. If you would like to find out more about ways to stay active during lockdown, you can visit our GO Active website for plenty of ideas, tips and motivation.
Sport England resources
Sport England has put together excellent resources that we would strongly recommend, including an Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit and Club Matters, a Hub for sports and physical activity groups. Please do spread the word so that everyone who needs these toolkits can benefit from them.
If there's anything else you would like to see on this page, please don't hesitate to get in touch – you can email firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime stay safe, stay active and our very best wishes during these most challenging of times.
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