Who we work with
At Active Oxfordshire, we work with a wide range of partners to fight inactivity and tackle inequality.
Sport England invest in Active Oxfordshire as one of 43 County Sports 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. Our performance and contribution will be assessed every two years by Sport England through a Performance Management and Improvement Framework.
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.
Active Oxfordshire also works closely with Oxfordshire County Council and district councils across the county on a range of interventions, including the GO Active county-wide brand, Cherwell District Council's FAST Programme, GO Active Get Healthy-Diabetes and hosted resource within Oxfordshire councils to adopting a Healthy Place Shaping Approach.
Relationships are key to our success and we are working hard to develop our understanding and insight particularly given the COVID 19 emergency. Our work as part of the Oxfordshire All In social movement; our work with partners on the GO Active Get Healthy- Diabetes project and the new Active Reach consortia arrangements focusing on areas of most need and disadvantage is the way we want to work as we face the future.
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:
- Active Reach: thanks to funding from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund, we have been able to provide £100,000 funding to local charity partners to target key areas of deprivation in Oxfordshire. These charity partners are uniquely placed to be able to reach those most in need and encourage them to increase activity levels.
- 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 host Leadership Forum events to discuss how we can best work together to fight inactivity and tackle inequality.