Active Devon Shares Annual Impact Report

We are delighted to share our latest annual Impact Report for 2022 – 2023. 

There’s so much learning we’ve gained from our work this year and the relationships we’ve built. This provides us with an exciting opportunity to better support local communities and partners. In particular, working with partners and organisations to help people that have the most to gain from the benefits that movement and activity brings.

What Does Our Impact Report Video Show?

Matt Evans – Active Devon’s CEO, talks you through the impact made throughout the year against our strategic priorities, and what 2023-2024 holds. Thanks to our friends and partners across Devon the report also features wonderful photos that showcase just some of the work we’re doing in collaboration with them.

We’ve also produced a written report and a one-page overview. Click on the image below for a quick view of the Impact Report Overview or access both documents for download via these links:

Here’s the Impact Report Overview as an image.

Active Devon's Impact Report Overview for 2022-2023 shows a summary of our impact against our strategic priorities, which includes Movement for Communities, Movement in Later Life, Movement in Early Life, Movement for Health and Wellbeing, Everyday Movement and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Impact Report Overview image includes the following information:

Movement With Communities:

  • We developed our place-based teams’ understanding of effective community engagement for reaching priority audiences
  • We created leadership and connection for addressing physical activity issues for local and specific communities
  • The Active for Good Volunteer Awards was launched and the network expanded by 50%
  • Local partners were supported, to drive integrated strategic approaches to embed physical activity, collaborating through Active to Thrive, Torbay on the Move, and with One Northern Devon

Movement in Later Life:

  • The Connecting Actively to Nature programme worked with 430 new participants to promote physical activity
  • We supported and trained more walk leaders, and new instructor training was provided in Falls Management Awareness
  • Our Later Life Conference was held, increasing the prominence and influence of later life work
  • The Naturally Healthy May campaign supported over 60 events, projects, and activity sessions

Movement in Early Life:

  • The Creating Active Schools Framework to incorporate movement throughout the school day was launched
  • We secured £1.3m for Opening School Facilities in Devon for out of hours community use
  • We aligned the School Games programme to tackle inequalities – reaching 1037 young people including over 40% special educational needs and disability students, with support from over 100 volunteers
  • We lead the collaborative Plymouth Pathfinder project, supporting 89 young people aged 12-14 in the first full academic year

Movement for Health and Wellbeing

  • We championed the value of physical activity in the health sector – playing an active role in establishing the voluntary, community and social enterprise assembly and worked alongside local care partnerships
  • Collaborating with local partners, including Torbay Council and One Northern Devon, we supported initiatives such as a mental health project to connect physical activity providers with mental health services
  • We supported 30 healthcare professionals through training, resulting in a reported 100% improvement in confidence talking to patients about physical activity

Everyday Movement

  • We implemented targeted movement campaigns and challenges, reaching 88k through social media
  • We signposted activities for people to move more through the Devon Connect hub
  • We encouraged cycling as part of active travel, hosting six cycling festivals attended by over 425 visitors
  • We supported 160 adults with free cycle training

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

  • We supported 40 community groups through the Together Fund, helping 4200 people facing inequalities to be active
  • We assisted 325 refugees and asylum seekers to be more active
  • A year-long inclusion training programme was completed by 18 Active Devon team members
  • Board-level changes were implemented, to enhance understanding and prominence of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Get in Touch

If you’re interested in learning more about our work and would like to discuss the possibly of  working together, or for copies of the written report in accessible format, please get in touch. You can contact us by emailing or calling  01392 925150.