£50,000 funding boost from Sport England to launch Active Reach
Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:03
Active Oxfordshire is delighted to be able to grant £50,000 of Sport England funding to eight local charities. This funding boost will reach people in the greatest need, helping them to get active and protect their health, well-being, and life chances as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
The funding comes from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund and was awarded to Active Oxfordshire to distribute to local charity partners Access Sport, Age UK Oxfordshire, Aspire Oxford, KEEN, Oxford Hub, Oxfordshire Mind, OXSRAD and Oxfordshire Youth. The charities will use this funding to launch "Active Reach", a new project designed to be run by the community, for the community.
The project will first target the Greater Leys area of Oxford, with potential to expand to other areas experiencing high levels of deprivation across the county. Active Reach will focus on supporting people with long term health conditions, people with disabilities who are at increased risk of inactivity, older people, those affected by homelessness and poverty, young people experiencing severe disadvantage and people facing mental health difficulties. The charities will use a wide range of innovative approaches to reach people and help them to get active, including Aspire Oxford's Gym Bus, local volunteer networks, bike libraries, sports holiday schemes, virtual walks, young leaders' training programmes and specialist physical activity resources.
Paul Brivio, Chief Executive of Active Oxfordshire, says:
"It's more vital than ever that we can keep our community active, healthy and connected during these challenging times. But we also know that the inequality gap is set to widen even further as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and we need to make sure that the most vulnerable people in Oxfordshire aren't forgotten.
We've seen first-hand during the crisis how powerful communities are when they come together. By working with our charity partners who can reach those most in need, we can make sure that everyone in Oxfordshire has the same opportunities to increase their activity levels, health and well-being, at a time when it's needed more than ever before."
Active Oxfordshire is delighted to be able to work with so many charity partners to reach people facing a wide range of challenges. It's clear from the COVID-19 crisis that we must work together to fight inactivity and challenge inequality, and Active Reach represents an exciting opportunity to make this happen.
We've invited our partner charities to write blogs about their Active Reach journey to showcase the difference that the project is making. Please watch this space and we'll keep you up to date on how we are transforming hundreds of lives through physical activity – together.