New programme launches to help vulnerable residents move more
A new county-wide programme will support hundreds of residents most affected by Covid-19 to move more and protect their health and wellbeing.
Move Together is co-ordinated by Active Oxfordshire and district councils across the county and will provide personalised support for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and who have been shielding as a result of the pandemic.
A wide range of support and activity choice will be available, including home activity packs, ‘phone calls, community activities, exercise sessions for specific conditions, digital apps and much more.
Cllr Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “We know how difficult it has been to exercise during lockdown for many residents, especially the clinically extremely vulnerable who may have been shielding.
“The Move Together programme has something for everyone, whatever their needs and will be a fantastic boost for physical and mental health as we continue to recover from the pandemic.”
The support provided will be personalised to each individual based on their specific needs and provided by physical activity specialists.
Move Together will reach vulnerable residents across the county, helping them to increase their physical activity levels in a way that works for them.
Paul Brivio, Chief Executive of Active Oxfordshire, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch Move Together across Oxfordshire with local authority and voluntary sector partners working together to ensure that physical activity can play a key role in our county’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.
“The benefits of moving more are significant and Move Together will not only improve residents’ physical and mental health, but will help to reduce isolation and loneliness too. Move Together is set to transform hundreds of lives through the power of physical activity.”
On Tuesday 6 July at 10am, a webinar will be held for Oxfordshire organisations and partners interested in referring into the scheme. It is open to any organisation working with people most affected by Covid-19 and will provide lots of information and advice about signing up for Move Together.
For more information and to get involved, see: https://www.getoxfordshireactive.org/move-together
West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team
Notes to editors
Active Oxfordshire is a registered charity dedicated to fighting inactivity and helping our community get active, tackle health issues and change their lives. We work with partners to reach people in greatest need across Oxfordshire and our key focuses are increasing physical activity in children and young people, older people, those with long-term health conditions and promoting community activation. Find out more here: www.activeoxfordshire.org
Move Together is funded by the Contain Outbreak Management Fund, which provides funding to local authorities in England to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and support local public health.