Introducing Oxfordshire on the Move

Introducing Oxfordshire on the Move

Posted: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 09:00

Introducing Oxfordshire on the Move

On Wednesday 19th October at our Oxfordshire on the Move: Growing the Movement event, we are bringing together partners and residents from across the county to talk about how we can get Oxfordshire moving more. But first, we want to take a moment to reflect on why Oxfordshire on the Move is so critically important, how far we've come together over the last few months, and what we can all do to make a difference.

What's the current situation?

We all know that moving more makes so much difference to our health, wellbeing and quality of life. But there are shocking inequalities playing out right now across Oxfordshire, which are stopping our most vulnerable residents from living the active life that they deserve.

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These are stark inequalities: but moving more genuinely transforms lives. We see every day that through increasing activity levels, people feel less lonely and isolated, can prevent or manage their health conditions, sleep better and improve their mental wellbeing.

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This is where Oxfordshire on the Move comes in

As winter approaches and the cost-of-living crisis poses serious concerns for our most vulnerable residents, we need to work together to embed movement in everything we do. That's why, over the last few months, we've held discussions and workshops with more than 70 organisations, groups and individuals across Oxfordshire to co-create a collective framework for physical activity, known as Oxfordshire on the Move. We've agreed four key ambitions that we can work towards together through a new social movement, where everyone has a part to play in getting Oxfordshire moving.

Oxfordshire on the Move: four ambitions

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Why develop Oxfordshire on the Move?

  • It may be an overused phrase, but we are genuinely stronger together. Entrenched inequalities cannot be tackled alone, and neither can the behaviours needed to increase physical activity. YouMove and Move Together programmes show what can be done when many organisations work together.

  • Through bringing partners and local residents together and building a social movement we can adopt collaborative approaches to leadership thinking that reaches beyond individual organisations.

  • By identifying four key ambitions together, we can create a road map to help us work collectively towards these ambitions and measure our progress

  • The benefits reach way beyond physical activity too – when we adopt a system change approach to tackle inactivity, we can also contribute to other problems too - collectively creating a better place for everyone to live.

Get Involved

If you or your organisation could benefit from embedding movement more in your projects or programmes, or if you're an Oxfordshire resident passionate about the benefits of physical activity, then please join us on 19th October!

Sign up to Oxfordshire on the Move: Growing the Movement here

If you have any feedback about the journey so far, or can't make the event on 19th but would still like to be involved, please email helenmariner@activeoxfordshire.org

Tags: Oxfordshire on the move, collective framework