Who we work with
At Active Oxfordshire, we work with a wide range of partners to fight inactivity and tackle inequality. Partnerships are critical to everything we do, and working collaboratively together ensures we can drive forwards a whole systems approach to increasing activity levels where the need is greatest.
Sport England invest in Active Oxfordshire as one of 43 Active Partnerships covering every part of the country. Our focus is very much on inactive people, under-represented groups and the places where there are the greatest health inequalities.
We are now an essential part of the Sport England supply chain as a system partner. We work closely with Sport England and the Active Partnership Network to progress Sport England's Uniting the Movement Strategy and ensure that residents in greatest need can become more active.
In terms of our Governance we will be Tier 3 Compliant as a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) meeting the requirements of the Sports Governance Code produced by Sport England and UK Sport.
Public Health team
Active Oxfordshire works closely with Oxfordshire's Public Health team to ensure that physical activity stays high on the agenda to improve our county's physical and mental wellbeing. Public Health are a team of professionals whose role is to improve and protect the health of local residents.
Public Health currently fund our YouMove and Move Together programmes as well as the Creating Active Schools Framework.
Integrated Care Board
We are very pleased to be able to work together with the Integrated Care Board to play our part in joining up health services, bringing partners together and showcasing the impact that physical activity can have on preventing health conditions.
The Integrated Care Board now funds our Move Together pathway alongside Public Health. In 2023, we are working together with the Integrated Care Board, Public Health, county and district councils to develop a whole systems approach to physical activity. This will provide direction, improved cohesion and long-term funding so that we can reach more residents in greatest need, significantly improving their health and wellbeing through physical activity.
Oxfordshire County and District Councils
Active Oxfordshire also works closely with Oxfordshire County Council and district councils across the county on a range of interventions.
We co-ordinate key county-wide programmes YouMove and Move Together, which are delivered by district councils across Oxfordshire and improve the health and wellbeing of over 9,000 residents each year. Our partnerships with county and district councils are core to our whole systems approach to increasing physical activity.
We work with Oxfordshire County Council as part of our Healthy Active Neighbourhoods activity, to increase active travel with a focus on priority neighbourhoods. Projects include Sanctuary Wheels, which provides bikes for asylum seekers and refugees, and Black Women Bike, which provides tuition, bikes and helmets for community leaders in Oxford.
Voluntary sector partnerships
We work with a wide range of Oxfordshire charities and are proud to be part of a vibrant and thriving third sector. Our key interventions with local charities include:
- Distributing Active Travel funding to a range of community based organisations, including those who are often overlooked when it comes to funding. Projects supported include Black Women Bike, Sanctuary Wheels and many more.
- South East Mind Network: A collection of sport, physical activity and mental health organisations who work together to increase the number of groups in their region who are equipped with the skills to support and engage people with mental health problems in physical activity.
- Bikes for Key Workers: in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we launched a new project working with a range of partners including Cyclox, Broken Spoke Bike Co-op, Windrush Bike Project and district councils to provide free of charge bikes for Oxfordshire's key workers. In just three months we have been able to give out 200 bikes - a crucial step towards a happier, healthier and more active county.
- Sharing learnings and resources: we regularly share insight, funding information and resources to our third sector partners, and co-ordinate a countywide EDI Peer Group which meets regularly to discuss a wide range of EDI themes.