With a refresh of GM Moving planned for 2021, time was taken to refresh, refocus, re-energise. To adapt our collective approach in the context of the pandemic, inequalities and for the long term future to ensure greater and more diverse engagement in active lives; across GM, localities and neighbourhoods.
The journey to develop GM Moving in Action is as important as the tangible output of the process. Together, we developed GM Moving in Action; providing information, sharing learning, providing assets and tools for people across GM to lead GM Moving where they are.
From January to April 2021, conversations were held with partners across the Greater Manchester system about what matters to them to help shape the GM Moving strategy for the next decade. This 15 minute video from Strategic Director Eve Holt, recorded in January 2021 explains where we were and what our plans were for moving forward to shape the GM Moving strategy.
The documents linked below are a summary of many, but by no means all, of these conversations and highlight the key points and themes from each of them. The feedback and learnings were reviewed from each of these sessions which helped to shape the GM Moving in Action strategy.
When the GM Moving Plan was launched in 2017, there was a commitment to a refresh in 2021 to help keep guiding us on our journey to the 2025 ambition. As we have collectively worked to engage people in active lives we have been on a continual learning journey; evaluating and gaining a better understanding of how change happens in complex systems. We are learning more about why and how we need to lead together, to keep growing a movement and enable more people to live active lives.
There are strengths in the approach since the GM Moving Plan was launched in 2017:
There was a need to reposition GM Moving in the new national, regional and local context to ensure that together we keep creating the conditions for the movement to grow. It is also about confronting the realities of where we have gaps, challenges, blockages and barriers to change, and addressing the impact of the pandemic.
The following priorities were key to developing the next chapter in the GM Moving story.