Oxford City Council to get residents moving more with launch of GO Active Families

Published: Monday, 24th May 2021

GO Active Families is a new online resource from Oxford City Council created to help families enjoy different activities, get moving and feel more connected in their communities.

The new webpage will bring together information about where and how local parents, carers, guardians, children and young people can be more active in Oxford.

GO Active Families also highlights cultural and creative activities recognising that all are important in supporting the health and wellbeing of residents and reducing health inequalities.

The webpage is ready in time for the spring bank holiday and May half term, with listings that include youth groups and clubs, Stay and Play sessions, dance classes, outdoor treasure hunts and much more.

It will also provide families with the opportunity to connect with the Oxford community and support local organisations by highlighting venues and activities such as family centres, libraries, community centres, museums and local leisure centres.

Many of the activities featured on the platform are low cost or free, with options available for all ages, abilities and interests.

GO Active Families will link with the GO Active Outdoors campaign to help families to access their local parks along with the city’s rivers and canals.

The GO Active Outdoors resource was launched last summer to motivate residents to be more active outdoors and quickly gained more than 350,000 impressions on social media in its first few weeks.

Over the coming months, Lord Mayor Mark Lygo will be highlighting some of the physical activities that GO Active Families has to offer via his #MoveWithMayorMark campaign. Find out more at Oxford City Council's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

“The past year has been incredibly tough for many families in Oxford. While some have been fortunate enough to find themselves spending more quality time with their family, many others have found it more difficult to do so with the added pressures of the pandemic.

“We hope that GO Active Families can help our residents to find information and inspiration for being active together more easily. Whether that is simply moving more, being creative or exploring part of the city’s culture.

“Being physically active is important not only for our physical health but our mental wellbeing too. Finding the time to be physically active can feel difficult, but building this activity into your day can help to improve the health of the whole family and is a fantastic way to enjoy making memories and spending quality time together.”

Councillor Louise Upton, Cabinet Member for a Safer, Healthier Oxford