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Place Making

Place is a very important part of our lives. It's where we live, work, socialise, access education... Importantly for Active Oxfordshire it's where we become physically active.

Place-based working is a person-centred, bottom-up approach used to meet the unique needs of people in one given location by working together to use the best available resources and collaborate to gain local knowledge and insight. By working collaboratively with the people who live and work locally, it aims to build a picture of the system from a local perspective, taking an asset-based approach that seeks to highlight the strengths, capacity and knowledge of all those involved.

Active Oxfordshire is planning to work in identified areas in Oxfordshire which have the highest levels of inactivity (as identified by Sport England's Active Lives) and the highest number and levels of inequalities (as identified by the Oxfordshire Health Inequalities Commission).

Sport England have also identified place-based working through their Local Delivery Pilots as a key part of their strategy moving forward.

Information on their work can be found here.

Ed Nicholas

Ed Nicholas

Senior Strategic Relationship Manager

Active Oxfordshire

Ed joined Active Oxfordshire in August 2018 after 3 years working at Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity. Whilst at OXSPA Ed led on the work with sports and managed the insight; disability and coaching programmes. During 2017 Ed added to his role leading on physical activity including leading the GO Active and GO Active Get Healthy programmes. Ed has previously worked in governing bodies as National Development Manager at British Orienteering and a Programme Manager at Swim England.

Quote: If all the animals along the equator were capable of flattery, then Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en would fall on the same day.

Hero – Matt Speake. British International Orienteer

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Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life

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Sugar Smart


SUGAR SMART is a campaign run by Sustain. We help local authorities, organisations, workplaces and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar we all consume.

Anyone can pledge to become SUGAR SMART – from councils and schools to restaurants, hospitals and independent companies.

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind

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If you're struggling with your mental health, you're not alone: 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives.