The 2015-20 Surrey Physical Activity Strategy set the ambition for Surrey to be the most active county in England and reduce inactivity by 1% every year. Partners from a wide range of sectors worked to increase participation rates in the whole population, but with particular focus on targeting inactivity in under-represented groups to reduce health inequalities.
The latest statistics show that we are on course to achieve our objectives. Working with partners, our work has contributed to Surrey being consistently placed in the top 10 most active counties in England in the Active Lives Survey results from Sport England. (For the Surrey picture by borough, see a reltively recent summary of the local results from the last three years).
However, there are still too many residents not exercising enough to benefit their health. This has huge implications, not only for them, but also our local schools, employers, health services and hospitals. There is still more work to be done to help people find their way to live longer, happier lives.
- Helping people in Surrey to lead healthy lives
- Supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people in Surrey
- Supporting people in Surrey to fulfil their potential
As the lead agency for physical activity development in the county, we're delighted that it has been recognised as a major part of the solution for many health issues affecting residents. Getting more people more active, more often is a key part of both the Surrey Community Vision and the Surrey Health & Wellbeing Strategy, and we work with partners in a 'whole system' approach to gain insight, ideas and collective buy-in.
During 2020 we will be organising a series of discussions to find ways of overcoming participation barriers for priority groups. These will form the basis of our consultation on a new, even more ambitious Surrey Physical Activity Strategy for the next decade.
(a) Thematic Events
The thematic events will look at the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy priority groups (and how the whole system would need to work to increase these groups' physical activity levels). We will partner with a key agency and ask leading deliverers to showcase their best practice work to start conversations about what more we could do.
The following priority groups and suggested indicative partners are proposed:
• Mental Health
- Surrey & Borders Partnership, CCGs, Sport in Mind, Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN), Richmond Group, etc.
- Surrey Heartlands, SCC, Action for Carers, Carers in Sport, etc.
• Long Term Conditions / musculoskeletal
- Surrey Coalition for Disabled People, health partners, etc.
• Adults with learning disabilities
- Surrey Inclusive Activity Network, Surrey Choices, etc.
• Children with SEND
- Surrey Special Schools Association, SCC, Para Games partners, etc.
• Vulnerable adults
- Homeless charities, prison service, addiction services, etc.
- The Family Weight Management Programme will drive a lot of the insight/ideas but we will also hold a separate event looking to work with the SCC family / care leavers’ services, the Surrey Equality & Diversity Network, boroughs and districts etc.
(b) Strategic Groups
• Surrey Sports Development Officers Forum
- Bs&Ds, NGBs, Active Surrey.
• Leisure Operators Forum
- Places Leisure, GLL, Everyone Active, Achieve Lifestyle, Fusion, Freedom Leisure.
• Surrey Senior Leisure Officers Group
- SCC, Bs&Ds, Active Surrey, Surrey Arts.
• Surrey Parks & Countryside Forum
- Bs&Ds, SCC, National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust, RSPB, etc.
• Surrey Planners Group
- SCC, Bs&Ds.
• Transport agencies
- SCC, Bs&Ds, Sustrans, etc.
This list is not exhaustive but is indicative of the breadth and depth of opinion that we are looking to understand to help shape the priorities of the Surrey Physical Activity Strategy. As Sport England are also currently shaping their 2021-25 Strategy, there will be an opportunity to feed into that process through the Surrey consultations.
If you are an Active Surrey partner and would like to be involved in any of these discussions, please contact Active Surrey’s Head of Strategic Relationships, Lawrie Baker.
Once initial views are gathered we will be inviting responses from a wider audience of Surrey residents.
Further info: the wider landscape of sport
- Department for Culture Media and Sport's Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation
- Sport England's 'Towards an Active Nation' strategy 2016-21
- Sport England's 'Coaching in an Active Nation' strategy
- Sport England's 'Volunteering in an Active Nation' strategy
- Department for Culture Media and Sport's Youth Sport Strategy
- Surrey Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy