Our GDM Strategy
The Get Doncaster Moving strategy provides us with a vision until at least 2030, in line with the Borough strategy. The content of this strategy reflects the ambitions, idea, and aspirations from many people across the borough and presents a bold vision for what we can collectively achieve:
"Healthy, vibrant communities through movement, physical activity and sport".
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Priority actions have been identified through the strategy development process and extend from existing work with agreed investment. They are linked to the policy themes and backbone support that we know is important to achieve the Get Doncaster Moving vision. The strategy document has more information on this (see pages 15-17) but as an overview, our priority actions are as follows:
Active Environments, Parks and Facilities
Ambition: Everyone in Doncaster can enjoy being active in local places and spaces. The natural and built environment will be safe, accessible and inclusive for local people. We must provide the right environment if we want people to be active.
1.1 Deliver the actions within the Doncaster Future Parks Plan, including 15 bespoke park plans.
1.2 Re-fresh Doncaster's stock of Leisure Facilities, to meet community needs.
1.3 Use national and local evidence base, including community-centred approaches, when developing new, or making improvements to, children's play spaces.
1.4 Influence decision makers to provide accessible and affordable community use of school sports facilities.
1.5 Ensure Active Design is at the forefront of planning proposals so that natural and built assets meet the needs of local communities, wildlife and the environment whilst supporting movement, physical
activity and sport.
1.6 Increase the land devoted to greenspace and nature (including developing a 'Great Yorkshire Fen') to support physical activity.
Ambition: Education settings in Doncaster ensure every child and young person is active by embedding multiple physical activity opportunities throughout the school day to support wellbeing, academic achievement and behaviour.
2.1 Support every primary school pupil to be physically active for more than an hour a day.
2.2 Support schools across Doncaster to embed the Creating Active Schools (CAS) Framework with physical activity at the heart of school ethos, policy and values.
2.3 Engage with schools and offer strategic support, opportunities and training via the Doncaster PE and Active Schools network.
2.4 Implement the Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives programme in early years, schools and colleges including improving diet, nutrition and increasing physical activity.
Ambition: Doncaster's employers encourage and support their people to be physically active throughout their day.
3.1 Develop a whole workplace approach for people to be active throughout their day, informed by existing good practice.
Health and Care
Ambition: Physical activity will play a major role within health and care systems – through policy, process and practice – so that everyone in Doncaster can enjoy more healthy years of life.
4.1 To develop new and strengthen existing relationships between health and care colleagues in line with new Locality and sub-regional structures.
4.2 Embed physical activity into health and care clinical pathways – prehabilitation, rehabilitation and treatment. For example, embedding movement and physical activity opportunities within Doncaster's approach to Ageing Well, particularly Doncaster's Frailty Network.
4.3 Support for the health and care workforce to build strength-based conversations about physical activity in to their practice, and how to signpost to local and accessible opportunities.
4.4 Embed movement, physical activity and sports opportunities within Doncaster's approach to Social Prescribing; with a particular focus on dance, walking, cycling and activity within nature-based or green and blue environments.
4.5 Embed physical activity within Health and Care research, including Adults Health and Wellbeing Action Research and the Born and Bred in (BaBi) Doncaster research cohort and outcomes.
Communications and Engagement
Ambition: Increase the awareness of the importance of being active to connect and inspire people from all backgrounds to be active. Use targeted campaigns and engagement to support individual, community and population-level behaviour change
5.1 Develop and deliver an engagement and communications plan to support consistent messaging so that local people have a high exposure to the campaigns and range of opportunities available.
5.2 Create a 'social movement' and a recognisable brand for movement, physical activity and sport across the Borough, with consistent and targeted messaging, campaigns and engagement.
Community led programmes
Ambition: Community life, social connections and having a voice in local decisions are all factors that underpin good health. Build on the strengths of each community locally with local people creating a range of easy and enjoyable opportunities to be active.
6.1 Support complementary and sustainable community led programmes that are designed by local people in their local area using behaviour change theory, including understanding the connection between capability, opportunity and motivation.
6.2 Enable and connect investment for local action through Localities commissioning approaches – joining up investments for shared outcomes.
6.3 Support social mobility by providing opportunities for people to access voluntary work, placements, apprenticeships and employment through engagement in movement, physical activity and sport.
6.4 Work across public and private sector organisations, businesses, residents and the voluntary and community sector to provide more equitable, inclusive and enjoyable local opportunities to be active.
Active Travel (walking, wheeling and cycling)
Ambition: Doncaster is a place where people find it easy, safe and enjoyable to make journeys on foot, by bike and on public transport for work, pleasure and everything in between. Developing more active ways to travel will provide more pleasant streets, better air quality, lower carbon emissions and reduced congestion.
7.1 Strengthen and grow the Active Travel Alliance, who will be principally responsible for the implementation, governance and monitoring of the associated strategies and plans.
7.2 Take a test and learn approach to temporary and permanent street closures including School Streets and Play Streets.
7.3 Co-produce community led active travel schemes to embed active travel in our everyday lives, in particular short journeys by walking, wheeling and cycling and integrating longer journeys by using the public transport system.
7.4 Review, refresh and support the delivery of the Get Doncaster Walking strategy.
7.5 Support the delivery of the Get Doncaster Cycling strategy.
Sport, Dance and Culture for all
Ambition: Equitable access to formal and informal sport, dance and cultural activities is the norm across Doncaster at every stage of life. Inclusive, fun and high-quality opportunities at all levels allow talent to flourish. More major sporting and cultural events take place in Doncaster – both large scale and at a grassroots level.
8.1 Ensure all voluntary sector led sports clubs have the tools they need to develop sustainable and thriving organisations.
8.2 To work strategically and collaboratively with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) to align to the GDM vision and ensure investment is targeted and aligned to local, regional and national strategies.
8.3 Attract major cultural and sporting events to Doncaster that can promote civic pride and maximise social impact to make communities happier and healthier places, where people want to live.
8.4 Establish Doncaster Dance Alliance, who will be principally responsible for the implementation, the governance and monitoring of the recommendations of Doncaster's Dance Strategy.
GDM backbone support
9.1 The Get Doncaster Moving vision and actions will be integrated into the four Locality Plans to contribute to local priorities.
9.2 Invest in 'physical activity in all policies' across the Borough and embed the approach across the Council and partners.
9.3 Conduct a governance review for Get Doncaster Moving and link with Team Doncaster – advocacy, engagement and decision making.
9.4 Ensure a wider and more diverse representation for leadership at every level. For example, leadership development and learning opportunities.
9.5 Work with Team Doncaster partners to establish a mutually beneficial monitoring process to align with the Borough strategy.
9.6 Ensure support for movement, physical activity and sport is considered as part of place-based investment planning at a local, South Yorkshire and national level.
9.7 Develop a way for everyone involved in Get Doncaster Moving to access the latest data, insight and learning to support their individual and collective work.
9.8 Support the continued development of the Get Doncaster Moving network to build common purpose, innovation, connection and collective impact.
10.1 Learn and develop ways of working with Localities structures for a whole population approach. We expect Localities Silver and Bronze teams to be guided by the Get Doncaster Moving strategy when making decisions.
10.2 Continue to focus our efforts in 11 specific geographical communities with the highest rates of inactivity: Balby, Bentley, Conisbrough, Denaby, Edlington, Intake, Mexborough, Moorends, Stainforth, Thorne and Wheatley.
During the GDM Network meeting event on the 13 September, several documents were made reference to during the presentations. These can be found below. You will also find below a summary of the table discussion conversations had during the event:
A summary of discussions had during the table discussions which took place at the Network Event on 13 September 2022.
An overview of Doncaster's key statistics on physical activity levels
Doncaster residents' views on the impact of the cost of living crisis
Stories of children and young people's activity levels in Doncaster (from the perspective of their parents)
A case study about supporting an individual through a community engagement approach
Doncaster’s whole system approach to reducing inactivity: How the LDP has made measurable progress