Yesterday we were privileged to have played a part in His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ visit to Exeter. Live and Move had a presence at the new Exeter Bus Station, where Prince Charles spent time talking to various organisations about the city’s net zero plans and the work going on in Exeter to enhance the wellbeing of its communities.

It’s always exciting to have a chance to talk to anyone about the work we do, as we are really passionate about learning from people in the community how best to support them to lead more active lives. It was wonderful today to have the chance to speak with someone who has such a high profile and an awareness of and keen interest in the work going on nationally to improve wellbeing across Britain.

We were very proud to be able to represent the people and organisations we work with, including Ride On Exeter. Ride On are a local charity who we’re working with to supply free Dr. Bike sessions in Princesshay and around Exeter, to make it easier for people to get on, or get back on, their bicycles to travel or just for fun.

The Exeter and Cranbrook Local Delivery Pilot was, which was set up to bring together local organisations with their communities to tackle the challenges of inactivity – and in so doing to support people to be active. It is funded by National Lottery funding via Sport England together with local investment. Live and Move is part of the pilot work to establish a way to connect with people, share and promote opportunities and break down the barriers stopping people from moving more.

Sport England’s Executive Director Charles Johnston, who attended the royal visit, said “It’s been great to show first-hand how organisations like Ride On Exeter, Exeter City Council, Cranbrook Town Council and local partners are working together to help local people get active, in this case by providing free Dr. Bike sessions. It’s the kind of strategic partnership that Sport England knows can make a real difference to local communities, and why we’re committed to a new way of working in 12 local delivery pilots around the country. 

“The pandemic has brought with it enormous challenges and helping people to be more active has never been more important so it’s brilliant to see Exeter and Cranbrook do such a fantastic job in difficult circumstances.” 

James Bogue, who leads the Live and Move programme, said, “Having the chance to represent Live and Move and all our partners to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was truly memorable.

“I’m pleased we had the opportunity to highlight the work we are doing with Wellbeing Exeter and all our partners, and represent the people and communities who are guiding us on our journey to supporting a happier, healthier and more active Exeter and Cranbrook.”

To find out more about what Live and Move are up to, check out our Active Projects page!