Recovering from lockdowns with Move Together

Residents in north Oxfordshire are being offered personalised support to help them become more physically active.

Published: Thursday, 21st October 2021

Managed by Cherwell District Council and funded through Active Oxfordshire, Move Together is a free, inclusive programme for anyone struggling both physically and mentally from the effects of COVID lockdowns, enabling them to take the first steps to recovery through exercise.

Councillor Phil Chapman, Cherwell’s Lead Member for Leisure and Sport said: “The physical and mental health benefits of movement are incredible. Regular activity reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 35 percent, type 2 diabetes by up to 40 percent and depression by 30 percent.

“But we know for more vulnerable people, including those with long term health conditions, COVID has made it difficult to even leave the home. Move Together will help support these people to take the first crucial steps to better health and wellbeing.”

Following an initial consultation, trained advisers will offer one-to-one support, creating a bespoke programme to promote physical activity which is right for each individual. Help will come in many different forms, from providing a volunteer to go for a regular walk to organising a personal trainer to help with exercise in the home.

Alongside the personalised support, members will receive a card giving them access to a range of wellbeing offers including 50 percent off at council run leisure centres.  

Anybody aged 16 years old or over can self-refer onto the programme. Help will be offered to anyone struggling to find the motivation or physical strength to be active, whether because of conditions brought on during the pandemic or existing health concerns which have been exacerbated during lockdown.

To find out more about Move Together and to discuss your individual activity programme go to www.cherwell.gov.uk/MoveTogether or call 01295 221575.