Somerset Moves – Our Draft Strategy
Posted: Mon, 08 Nov 2021 08:54
Somerset Moves is the County's system wide, multi-agency draft strategy for the development of physical activity and sport across Somerset.
Everyone has a role to play in Somerset Moves; people, communities, and organisations, from every sector and place across the county, pulling together with a shared goal to help move more and improve their lives in the process. Being active is so important for our physical and mental fitness, never more so than during a pandemic. In Somerset, nearly a quarter of the adult population are inactive and activity levels for children and young people have also dropped significantly over the past year. Lack of confidence, time pressures, ill health, plus a thousand other things can make the decision to be active harder for some than others.
Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) have spent the last 6 months developing a system wide, multi-agency strategy for physical activity and sport in Somerset. As new emerging national and local contexts arise, we need to ensure that together we keep creating the conditions for activity levels to grow and particularly to address the barriers that prevent people from living active lives. The new strategy will provide the opportunity to respond to these changes, particularly those occurring in health and social care, in local government, and the new 10-year vision for sport and physical activity set out recently by Sport England.
The draft strategy has been shaped by people's ideas from online conversations, virtual workshops, and evidence of what helps people to be active. It sets out what SASP and partners believe they need to do in Somerset to get people moving more, by building activity and more movement into daily life. Helping people move a little more, making it easier to be active, to take part in sport, and a natural part of how we all live, travel, work and play in Somerset.
In consulting further, SASP want to test the proposals, gauge support and receive suggestions for how it could be refined and improved. A dedicated form to capture comments and responses to this consultation has been set up, so people can add their views on the draft strategy using the consultation response form online or by completing the form and returning by post. The consultation will run until Monday 6th December 2021. Further details can be found at www.sasp.co.uk/strategy