A refresh of GM Moving is planned for 2021. We need to refresh, refocus, re-energise and adapt our collective approach in the context of the pandemic, inequalities and for the long term future.
From January to April 2021, we've been having conversations with partners across the Greater Manchester system about what matters to them to help in shaping the GM Moving strategy for the next decade.
In the coming days (early May), we will be adding documents that summarise each of these conversations and highlight the key points and themes from each of them. We are currently reviewing the feedback and learnings from each of these sessions to help shape the future 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 over the past 3 years, 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.
In summer 2020, we paused to look back, learn, and vision the future of GM Moving. The look forward is in the context of the ongoing Sport England Strategy engagement, the GM Covid Recovery and Resilience Plan, the emerging national strategy, the emerging Population Health Plan and Greater Manchester Strategy.
In August, the GM Moving Executive Group started engagement with system-wide partners to shape thinking for this GM Moving refresh. Conversations are continuing across the system, and emerging evaluation findings are helping to consider the art of the possible for the future.
There are strengths in the approach of the past three years. We have much to build on:
There is also a need to consider where we haven’t made as much collective progress as we would have hoped, and of course, to confront the realities of the pandemic and the impact it is having.
The purpose of this refresh is to refocus and re-energise, ensuring greater and more diverse engagement in active lives; across GM, localities and neighbourhoods.
There is 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.
Key to the next chapter in the GM Moving story are the following priorities:
Together we need to:
People own what they create. The journey to develop GM Moving in Action is as important as the tangible output of the process. Together, we will develop GM Moving in Action that provides information, shares learning, provides assets and tools for people across GM to lead GM Moving where they are.
This short (15 minute) video from our Strategic Director Eve Holt, recorded in January 2021 explains where we were then and our plans moving forward to shape the GM Moving strategy for the next decade.