Active Reach in full swing

Active Reach in full swing

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:40

Active Reach in full swing

Active Oxfordshire has now been awarded £100,000 from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund which will see us working with 17 third sector partners to reach those most in need across the county, helping them to get active and protect their health and well-being. We will be focusing on areas of greatest need across Oxfordshire, including Greater Leys and parts of Banbury Grimsbury and Abingdon Caldecott.

We are delighted that the first phase of Active Reach is now in full swing, with eight partner charities supporting and engaging people in the initial target area of Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys.

Active Reach is designed to reduce the negative impact on physical activity levels with a specific focus on supporting people with long term health conditions, people with disabilities, older people, as well as those affected by homelessness and poverty, young people experiencing severe disadvantage and people facing mental health difficulties.

Phase One of the project is being supported by Oxfordshire charities Access Sport, Age UK Oxfordshire, Aspire Oxford, KEEN, Oxford Hub, Oxfordshire Mind, OXSRAD and Oxfordshire Youth who will use a wide range of innovative approaches to reach people and help them to get active. We are thrilled to be able to share updates from three of our charity partners:

  • OXSRAD has been busy keeping children active during the school holidays with their summer sports scheme. Children between the ages of 8 to 16 can enjoy playing a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and activities. Watch the video here, to hear all about what's been going on!
  • Access Sport has delivered the first 30 sports equipment packs to families in the Leys. The first 8 children's bicycles were also delivered to Orchard Meadow Primary school this week and cycle training has been taking place for young people attending the Oxford Hub's summer school.

Aspire Oxford has also been busy over the last 3 weeks with their bright purple Gym Bus making a significant presence and asking the community what types of activities they would like to participate in. Aspire is using their asset of the Gym Bus to support the delivery of physical activity within the target area. On Wednesday this week, the bus was fully up and running with their first of many boxercise sessions taking place on the Blackbird Leys field which was enjoyed by everyone who took part, who will also be going back for more next week. The bus will be parked up every Wednesday to deliver an activity session for anyone aged 16 and over to join in with from 11.30am.

All the supporting charities are working hard to provide opportunities to the community, at a time when it's needed more than ever before. We are delighted to be part of this community-led approach to promoting physical activity - watch this space for more updates to come!

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