Encouraging active lives and reducing health inequalities across Greater Manchester

Tackling health inequalities and prioritising those who need our support the most are at the heart of our ‘We Move As One’ strategy. Working together, we encourage more people to become physically active which helps to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

News: Important Heart Health Checks

There are around 7.6 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK – twice as many as those living with cancer and Alzheimer’s combined.

Momenta’s Heart Health Check has eight questions and is in two parts – its easy to do and could be essential.

With all answers collated, a personalised report is compiled along with the relevant advice about lessening the chances and/or impact of CVD. Head to our blog to read more and take the check today.

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News: Discover our Strategic Business Partners

To support the work of GM Active we have partnered with the following organisations who are our ‘Strategic Business Partners.

These Partners have been recruited based on the value they can bring to us and our member organisations as well as ensuring they are committed to helping us achieve our vision of helping people across Greater Manchester live healthy, happy, and longer lives.

Each of them have dedicated time to talking to us about why they are our partners and how they can help the GM community.

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Helping people across Greater Manchester live healthy, happy, and longer lives

Our purpose has always been to help everyone from across the Greater Manchester region, live healthy, happy and longer lives. Our vision is to facilitate a network of innovative, resilient and high performing Greater Manchester leisure and community organisations that deliver transformational health and wellbeing outcomes through collaboration across our local communities.

Pivot to Active Wellbeing

The Pivot to Active Wellbeing is a far-reaching change programme to create sustainable public leisure services working collaboratively within Greater Manchester to support improvements in the health of the wider population through active wellbeing.

The aim is to change how local leisure centres, swimming pools, fitness facilities and services are perceived and used, ensuring active wellbeing becomes an integral and valued contributor to the wider health and social care system.

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Collaborating to have a greater ‘real life’ impact for the people of Greater Manchester.

GM Active has grown from a collective of 12 amazing leisure and community organisations, to establishing itself as a Community Interest Company in December 2020.

We manage the majority of the publicly owned leisure and physical activity assets on behalf of 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester. We pride ourselves in putting our communities and our people at the heart of everything we do and are recognised by key local and national stakeholders as the comprehensive leisure and physical activity offer for the region.

We are a unique combination of organisations and people; pioneers in the health, wellbeing and physical activity sector.

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We Move As One

United by an ambition to get more people active across Greater Manchester, our ‘We Move As One’ strategy will focus on helping people across Greater Manchester live healthy, happy, and longer lives.

Working in response to the GM Moving in Action strategy, we have a shared, simple objective – to get more people physically active and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Our shared approach gives us a real opportunity to bring about change.

Our Collective Scale and Impact

We deliver wide ranging leisure and wellbeing services for the 2.8 million people living in Greater Manchester and over 7 million working across the city region of Greater Manchester.

The GM Active group is collectively responsible for 99 leisure and sports facilities across Greater Manchester, with a combined reach of over 20 million visits every year.


People with long-term conditions supported to be active every year


People collectively employed by GM Active


People committed to regular exercise through our memberships


Activity sessions delivered per week (over 0.5 million a year!)


In community savings generated through our physical activity services

Making it possible for people across the region to access physical activity opportunities in the neighbourhood.

Our Work

GM Active was formed to harness the power of collaboration. Our work with our member organisations, together with other public bodies and agencies, covers a broad spectrum of health and wellbeing activity.

Pivot to Active Wellbeing

This ambitious project involving all local authority leisure operators across Greater Manchester is aiming to change how local leisure centres, swimming pools, fitness facilities and services are perceived and used, putting a greater emphasis on health and wellbeing instead of being purely focused on fitness.

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Prehab4Cancer is the first UK integrated care service delivered prehabilitation and recovery programme for cancer patients, via a partnership between the GM Cancer alliance and GM Active. 

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Skills and Training Academy

Our Skills and Training Academy has been developed to give our collective workforce the skills to support and meet the needs of their customers, enabling a transformation in the culture, knowledge and behaviours of staff to address the challenges of inactivity in the region.

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Latest News

Ideas and projects are continuously evolving and progressing at GM Active. View our latest news stories below to find out how we are moving as one and contributing towards building the healthy, happy and prosperous Greater Manchester we all aspire to.

A personal take on long term and critical health from GM Active’s Jon Keating

News | 28/06/2024

In a highly personal and emotional reflection on losing his mum to cancer, GM Active Head of Business Operations, Jon Keating, is left with some burning ‘what if’ questions.

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Cornerstone DM: Why we’ve put the full force of our marketing muscle behind GM Active

News | 27/03/2024

Cornerstone Design and Marketing has forged an unrivalled reputation within the leisure and wellbeing industry, with many clients – including GM Active – joining the Oldham-based agency via word-of-mouth recommendations from other leisure industry operators.

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Future Fit: Proud to be helping GM Active operate beyond the cutting edge

News | 06/02/2024

Transformational leaders, continuous professional development and digital staff induction – the impact of our strategic business partner Future Fit runs deep throughout GM Active.

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Interested in working with us?

We are actively seeking new partners, opportunities for collaboration and innovative ways of working.  We can’t do this alone. If our plans, purpose and intent chime with you, please do connect with us and be part of our transformational movement.