What We Do

Together Active (formerly known as Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent) is the strategic lead for sport and physical activity across the county of Staffordshire.

Through working together with local agencies we aim to create active places and healthy lives through physical activity and sport.

Through our experience and expertise we have developed a range of services to support local organisations to get everyone more active more often.

 

What we stand for

 

Together Active believes in the power of sport and physical activity. We know that even small changes in activity levels can have big impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

We understand that the people who would benefit most are the least likely to take part. Physical activity changes how we feel. It connects us to our environment and each other. It adds healthy years to our lives.

We want everyone in Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent to have the opportunity to experience this. It’s a big job, but underpinning everything we do is our organisational DNA, our values.

 

(Hoop Skills Basketball Academy.)

 

 What we aim to achieve

 

Over the next four years Together Active will dedicate itself to inactive people. We will have a focus on those facing financial disadvantage and those with health conditions and disabilities.

For young people, we will also include those in care and criminal justice systems. This will require us to work differently, realigning 80% of all of our investment to these populations.

We will foster relationships with new partners and learn to say no to activities that don’t bring us closer to our key objectives:

 

  1. To drive systems leadership that results in physical activity & sport becoming a core feature in policy.
  2. To work with health partners to advocate for physical activity & sport as a tool to prevent and manage health conditions.
  3. In partnership tackle systemic inequalities in physical activity and sport participation.
  4. To support individuals to add healthy years to their lives through positive physical activity behaviours.

 

Our vision

 

Active lives, healthy futures

 

Our mission

 

Working together to create active places and healthy lives through physical activity and sport.

 

Through our values of being

 

Focused, Inclusive, Engaged, Relentless, Collaborative, Effective…

 

Stepping up

 

We will build organisational capacity through impeccable corporate governance, which has equality, diversity and inclusion at its core.

 

(Queensberry Boxing Club.)

 

Strategic Objectives

 

To achieve our goals, we will…

 

Step up to support Step up for health Step up our leadership Step up for equality
 

Supporting individuals to add healthy years to their lives through positive physical activity behaviours.

 

Using physical activity and sport as a tool to prevent and manage long term health conditions. Driving systems leadership that results in physical activity and sport becoming a core feature in policy. In partnership, tackle systematic inequalities in physical activity and sport participation.

 

We will achieve this through our priority work strands

 

Systems
 

Provide strategic leadership and advocacy to the sport and physical activity agenda locally.

 

Bring together condition-specific systems to tackle obesity, mental illness and long covid holistically, using physical activity as both a curative and preventative tool. Continue to make the case to retain and grow investment into physical activity.

 

Environments
 

Influence policy and decision makers to prioritise active travel, accessibility and physical activity in place and space making. 

 

Campaign for design guidance to be integrated into all planning policies and new development. Improve access to community assets particularly for those with health conditions and disabilities.

 

Community & People
 

Fund well placed partners and community organisations to deliver physical activity interventions to people with health conditions.

 

Support and facilitate the learning and development of our volunteer and professional workforce to create a more accessible and sustainable sector. Support the recovery of community and public leisure provision during and following the pandemic.

 

Advice, Influence & Information
 

Use digital tools and campaigns that empower and support people with health conditions to be more active.

 

Use open data and Active My Way to support individuals into physical activity. Act as an expert advisor, connecting to funding, disseminating guidelines and sharing best practice.

 

Resulting in
 

Strong strategic leadership which ensures that physical activity becomes a core feature in local policy and practice.

 

Our physical environments being places where being active is the easy choice. A workforce ranging from health professionals to community leaders being mobilised to create multiple gateways into physical activity. Together Active being a trusted source of information, advice and guidance for residents, volunteers and professionals.

 

Read our full 2021-25 strategy

 

Read our 2020-21 Annual Report

 

 

Read our 2019-20 Annual Report

 

 

Read our 2018-19 Annual Report