Posted: Wed, 7 Feb 2024 10:30
"I would never have believed that exercise would be so powerful and can make such a difference to someone's life." Jackie, Gemma's Mum
We met with Gemma, who graduated from the Move Together pathway in November 2023, to hear about her experience on the pathway and to understand the profound effect Move Together has had on her life.
Gemma has an incredibly inspiring and moving story, which we hope will encourage anyone feeling nervous about joining the pathway, to give it a go. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Jan 2024 12:48
Opening School Facilities (OSF) is entering its third year of funding, and it's been amazing to see firsthand the impact that this funding is having on schools and their surrounding communities. Over 30 schools across Oxfordshire now receive funding, and more than 50 projects are in motion. This means that more than 3,000 children and 500 community residents are now engaging with new opportunities to be active. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 14:30
It's been an incredible year for the physical activity agenda in Oxfordshire. We've seen a real step change in awareness of the phenomenal difference that moving more makes – not just to our health and wellbeing, but on prevention, reducing pressure on health services, improving life chances, and connecting up systems and communities.
We're pleased to share with you our ten key highlights from 2023. These have only been achieved thanks to the efforts of multiple partner organisations, working together as a collective towards the shared goal of transforming health and wellbeing through physical activity. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Nov 2023 11:00
Please note: this blog contains sensitive and potentially distressing themes. If you are affected by... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 9 Nov 2023 14:25
"I have much more autonomy in my own body, and I want to use it."
Over 2022/23, Active Travel has supported 16 projects, ranging from the installation of benches in outdoor spaces, to the development of cycling skills and confidence within those who have faced barriers to cycling. Projects funded by Active Travel have worked with residents and communities who face great challenges when wanting to travel in an active way, such as asylum seekers, disabled residents, women and non-binary people, and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 13:10
September excitingly saw the launch of Active Neighbourhood Scans. The first two events at Blackbird Leys and Banbury brought together a mix of different charities, organisations, and residents within each area, to assess how easy or difficult it is to walk, wheel, cycle, and be active, in a given priority neighbourhood in Oxfordshire. The sessions sought to gain as much insight from as diverse participants as possible, to truly reflect the views of the communities within each neighbourhood. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 3 Oct 2023 13:15
Phoebe, Active Oxfordshire's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coordinator, recently attended a Goalball session, a sport specifically designed with visual impairments in mind. She reflects on the inclusive nature of the sport and the organisation, as well as the enjoyable aspects of the Goalball itself. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 13 Sep 2023 13:20
For the past year, Phoebe Gibbons, Active Oxfordshire's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, has been dedicated to developing and improving EDI at the organisation. She reflects on work of the organisation, and looks forward to how we can continue to move in the right direction to make Oxfordshire a more inclusive and equitable county. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 23 Aug 2023 09:04
Newly launched Active Neighbourhood Scans will bring people together to create happy, healthy, and active places to live
Oxford is the second most unequal city in the country, with 10 of 83 wards being within the top 20% most deprived areas in the country, and having low outcomes in terms of childhood obesity and physical and mental health in adults. People in lower socioeconomic groups are twice as likely to be inactive as those in the highest socioeconomic groups.
We take a place-based approach with the aims of creating equal opportunities in priority neighbourhoods where residents face more barriers to physical activity, to create happy, healthy, and active communities, and Active Neighbourhood Scans can support with this. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 4 Aug 2023 12:20
During its' first year, Access Sport Oxfordshire has proudly worked with Oxfordshire-based sports clubs and organisations, communities, and residents, to make sure children and young people facing barriers to physical activity can enjoy the huge benefits which being active brings. The incredible work of Access Sport Oxfordshire has had significant positive impact, improving access to sports for 330 young people from priority neighbourhoods. Read More »