Whole System Change
At the heart of our work is the shared belief that regular and sustainable physical activity brings enormous benefits to everyone's lives. We want sport and physical activity to be recognised for the positive impact it has through improved physical and mental wellbeing, educational attainment, social cohesion and economic development on the lives of the people in Dorset.
A collaborative approach is fundamental to achieving this. We work with partners across the county, seeking system changes so that physical activity is embedded in the business of our partners and it becomes the norm for them to support people to be more active.
Our 2020-25 strategy places system change at the centre of our approach to increasing physical activity levels in Dorset.
We want Dorset to be a place where people choose to enjoy an active lifestyle through participation in sport and physical activity. We will achieve this by using high quality advice and advocacy to support change in systems and behaviours amongst leaders, organisations and individuals. Being active will be the normal choice for people in Dorset.
At Active Dorset we are increasingly applying this approach to all our work; two key areas in which system change is explicitly central are in the development of a Physical Activity Strategy for Dorset and the Dorset Active Ageing Project.