New programme helps Banbury’s vulnerable residents move more

A new county-wide programme will support hundreds of Oxfordshire residents most affected by Covid-19 to move more and protect their health and wellbeing.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:10 am
The new programme 'Move Together' will reach vulnerable residents across the county, helping them to increase their physical activity levels in a way that works for them. (photo credit Sport England)

'Move Together' is co-ordinated by Active Oxfordshire and district councils across the county. The 'Move Together' programme will provide personalised support for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, and who have been shielding as a result of Covid-19.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “We know physical activity is great for the body and mind, but it’s not always easy for everyone to get moving.

"For those suffering with long term health conditions, including people shielding during Covid, just getting around the house can be a struggle. Move Together will support these people to take the first steps, helping them feel the real benefits of physical activity.”

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. The support provided will be personalised to each individual based on their specific needs, 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 July 6 at 10am, a webinar will be held for Oxfordshire organisations and partners interested in referring into the scheme. This webinar is open to any organisation working with people most affected by Covid-19 and will provide lots of information and advice about how to refer into Move Together.

For more information about 'Move Together' and to get involved, visit www.getoxfordshireactive.org/move-together