In Tameside I'm building a £140k wellbeing centre. I'm strapped for capital but the politicians are socialised into the agenda, and we've just had a £6m refresh for physical activity. We are [enabling] two parkruns, improving footpaths and all of that.
It's the GM Moving narrative that drives this. I've embedded it, and I can bend investment plans to physical activity - which before would have been below street lighting as a priority.
I can aim for communities who aren’t active at all. I talk to headteachers about The Daily Mile. I spoke to a GP who's a parkrun practice. That's not about money - we should change the behaviours and assumptions within the whole £6bn budget.
None of that relates to the £1m LDP money or whatever I'm going to receive. We should get sport out of the box it was in 10 years ago".
"Despite some of these contradictions and challenges, our funders are absolutely part of the journey. They have worked hard on our behalf and their support, challenge and partnership is a vital component of what we are doing together. We’re on the same journey".
5 December 2023 marks International Volunteer Day (IVD), an annual international observance which provides an opportunity for organisations and individuals to champion and celebrate the contribution of volunteerism, advocate for government support for volunteer efforts, and spotlight the contributions made by volunteers worldwide.
The GM Moving conference brings people and organisations together to re-energise, refocus and grow as a diverse and inclusive movement for movement.
As part of Right to the Streets initiative, Open Data Manchester have created a Place Review tool to help identify steps you can take to create safer and more welcoming streets and public spaces. The Place Review was finalised and launched at Stretford Public Hall in September 2023 and here, Toyebat Adewale, explains how the tool was developed with the Trafford community.