Moving Forces helps military veterans, families and serving personnel to stay physically active by providing fun, relaxed and sociable activities online and all over Greater Manchester.
Over 300 veterans, including 280 full members, have engaged with the Moving Forces programme since its launch in September 2018. Many family members of veterans have also benefited from the activities on offer.
The programme started in Tameside and is now working across Greater Manchester. During lockdown, we have also created an online offer which can be accessed by any member of the armed forces community across the United Kingdom - right from their homes!
At the beginning of 2020, Moving Forces became a national partner for Walking With the Wounded’s ‘Northern Care Coordination Partnership’ (NCCP) programme with a vision to deliver exclusive, bespoke activities for NCCP’s clients.
Finalist for the 2020 Endeavour Fund Awards for their ‘Community Award’ and also for the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Award’ at the 2020 Community Sport & Recreation Awards.
Moving Forces runs alongside a PhD programme commissioned by Manchester Met University. The lead researcher, Rebecca O'Hanlon, takes part in our sessions and draws data from there. This research project is investigating how the delivery of a 3-year sport and physical activity programme impacts on the transition of veterans from the military to civilian life in Greater Manchester.
For a breakdown of the PhD and how this effects members, please see this document.
Job role: Moving Forces Programme Manager
Professional background: From 1996 to 2006 I worked as an engineer, including 7 years as an aircraft avionics engineer in the Royal Air Force, before then going to drama school for three years to train as an actor, graduating in 2009.
Since then I’ve worked as a freelance actor, writer, director and filmmaker, producing several film and theatre projects, including three films about the difficulties faced by military veterans. These films are used by the NHS and several Armed Forces charities to improve the understanding of veterans’ issues such as mental health and difficulties when transitioning to civilian life.
The experience of working with the armed forces community from both sides led to me taking up an exciting role with Greater Sport, delivering Moving Forces. I have been leading the development of this programme since June 2018 and am excited to see the further growth of this project in the coming months.
Favourite Activity: Football
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Job role: Moving Forces Programme Lead
Professional background: During my first working years I gained valuable experience in Equine Therapy and Aquatic Coaching. From these positions, I gained a deep appreciation for the positive mental and physical benefits sport.
I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2017 with a split degree in Forensic Anthropology and French. I have considerable volunteer experience in equine therapy working with those with disabilities to enable the improvement of their mental and physical health.
Professionally, I have a mostly administrative background from working in Purchasing, Coordination, Human Resources, Finance and Research, and Archival Management in sectors ranging from Rail Development to Education.
My interest in project management and physical activity's impact on mental health has ended me in a fantastic role with GreaterSport, assisting in the delivery of Moving Forces.
Favourite Activity: Climbing
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