About Us

Oxfordshire on the Move is a new social movement designed to bring together people, organisations and communities to help transform lives through physical activity.

About Oxfordshire on the Move

Moving more makes so much difference to our health, wellbeing and quality of life – but far too many people in Oxfordshire don't have the opportunities they deserve to live an active life. That's why, over the last few months, we've held discussions and workshops with more than 90 organisations, groups and individuals across Oxfordshire to co-create a social movement for physical activity, known as Oxfordshire on the Move.

Oxfordshire on the Move is convened by Active Oxfordshire, but this is a collective movement where everyone can take actions towards our four ambitions - and by working together, we will have the greatest impact.

"I fully support Oxfordshire on the Move as a new social movement for our county. By working collaboratively towards Oxfordshire on the Move's ambitions, we have a real opportunity to tackle some of the most entrenched health inequalities facing our communities. Helping residents to become more active will prevent a wide range of health conditions, improve mental wellbeing, strengthen community cohesion and reduce loneliness.

This is a powerful agenda to take forward together and is set to make a real difference to Oxfordshire's health and wellbeing."

Ansaf Azhar (Director of Public Health for Oxfordshire)

Why now?

  • In Oxfordshire's richest areas, 80% of children can swim by the time they leave primary school. But in our county's most deprived areas this falls to less than 10%.
  • 16,000 young people in Oxfordshire are estimated to have a mental health disorder
  • 45% of people over 75 are inactive
  • Falls are the largest cause of hospital admissions for older people, and significantly impact on long-term health outcomes. The rate of hospital admissions due to falls is higher in Oxfordshire than the national average.
  • A child born in Blackbird Leys can expect to live 13 years less than a child born in the most affluent parts of Oxfordshire
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One of the most important parts of Oxfordshire on the Move's development has been to co-create four key ambitions, which are set to transform thousands of lives across the county through the power of moving more.

You can find out more about our four ambitions here and join us in taking action towards the ambitions.