Active Communities – ‘Live and Move’ in Exeter and Cranbrook
Published: 22 October 2020
Live and Move is the new community identity behind the Exeter and Cranbrook Sport England Local Delivery Pilot.
At its heart, Live and Move is a social movement for happier, healthier and more active communities. It’s made up of a group of people and organisations who want to find out about the life circumstances that prevent moving more, whatever that means to the individual.
The group are looking at the ways they can access resources or influence decision makers to make more active lifestyles accessible - and fun!
Live and Move is made up of a group of partners, organisations and community groups, led by a team working with Exeter City Council. Live and Move’s website and social media tells the stories of people across Exeter and Cranbrook, sharing the real world challenges and inspirational ideas of people in our own city, town, schools, workplaces and streets.
It doesn’t stop there, though. The group are already active behind the scenes in supporting communities to access the information, skills and resources they need to design their own futures.
Cllr Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for the Live and Move programme of work, said:
"Our aim is to find ways to help all of us, no matter our age or ability, to move a bit more day to day.
“Over time even small changes we choose for to make can have a positive impact our personal health and wellbeing. This can also be good for our families, local communities and environment. Our plan is to learn about all the different ways that people choose to be more active, and then see what we can do to support these choices, activities and lifestyles to make it easier to join in.
“This could mean putting in resources such as of funding for community projects, or sharing the stories of people who don’t usually get heard. Sometimes it will mean working with local authorities and partners to make changes even at policy level to make a lasting difference for a more active society.
“We really want to listen to and work with people to find out how to make the changes they want to do that make a real difference - and crucially how to make these changes last. The Live and Move initiative has close ties to the city visions of reducing inequality, increasing wellbeing and achieving carbon neutral City by 2030.
There’s going to be a lot going on in different areas and ways as Live and Move work with people and organisations across Exeter and Cranbrook to help all of us move a bit more.
Cllr Matt Osborn of Cranbrook Town Council said, “Cranbrook Town Council are really focused on connecting people to address our wellbeing as individuals and as a place. We’re a new town and we are making huge strides together. Being a part of the Live and Move Sport England Local Delivery Pilot compliments our Healthy New Town work and the Move More Cranbrook vision of finding community solutions to increase physical activity for all round wellbeing.”
Look out for the Live and Move logo to see where they are working or follow Live and Move on Twitter Facebook and Instagram Alternatively, people can check out the Live and Move website to find stories from their neighbourhood and information on active projects. For stories and projects specific to Cranbrook, take a look at the Move More Cranbrook Facebook page