Fighting Inactivity, Tackling Inequality in 2021: our year in review
Posted: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 10:12
Fighting Inactivity, Tackling Inequality in 2021: Our Year in Review
It's been another challenging and rollercoaster year for our Oxfordshire community, but we're so proud to be able to work with incredible partners to help people in greatest need get active and protect their health and well-being - at a time when moving more has never been so important. In our final blog for 2021, we're sharing our team's highlights and sending you our very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022.
Natalie: My highlight is being able to expand the brilliant work taking place to help families on low incomes get active - this is such a vital area of work and I can't wait to see it develop.
Rich: My highlight is the launch of Move Together! It's been great developing a project that is designed to improve the physical and mental health of residents in Oxfordshire and provide the much needed support for those that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Steph: For me, the best moment was sitting in a room full of children in years 5/6 and their teachers learning about water safety. One of the reasons was it was the first time in over two years I was at a face to face event again with school aged children and the second was that I felt a real sense of pride in the fact that we had organised something that will teach these children a life skill.
Paul: My highlight is The Pink Bike story- it says so much and is the reason we come into work every day (even if it is at the dining room table). It is a great piece of storytelling- it is real, it is profound, and it tugs at the heart. It makes me angry; it makes me sad, but it is uplifting and joyful at the same time. It shows me that we can help to change lives and that physical activity- the simple act of riding a bike- can be so powerful. All made to happen by people and organisations working together with purpose.
Bev: The highlight for me this year, apart from joining the Active Oxfordshire Team is when we had the Board Away day on 14th October and I finally got to meet all the Trustees face to face. It was great to see what a large and fully engaged team we were and all the information sharing and strategy building we did on that day.
Josh: Seeing the Oxford Academy – Radley College Swimming and Rowing Partnerships come to fruition. The partnership gives the opportunity for young people to learn to swim, develop new skills and to meet new people and is only possible because everyone aligns around the same aims.
Lucy Tappin: Working with the Active Reach and Fit Exchange partners, seeing the amazing work and impact they make in such challenging times.
Lucy Disley: My highlight of the year was being able to meet face to face with two of our Active Ambassadors Phoebe and Natasha to witness the great work they do for our communities.
Helen: My highlight of the year was when we supported three of our Active Ambassadors to run a workshop sharing their lived experience as part of Disability History Month. It was the most powerful event I've attended for a really long time.
To all of our amazing partners - thank you for all your support and dedication in helping thousands of people in greatest need across Oxfordshire to get active and protect their health and wellbeing. We can't wait to work with you all in 2022!