Our Partners

We collaborate with a broad range of partners in our dedication to challenging physical inactivity and health inequalities in Greater Manchester. 

Alone, GM Active and our member organisations could never reach their fullest potential to reduce health inequalities and turn the tide on inactivity. But by working in collaboration, creating a common cause and a unified voice, we work with – and alongside – a broad range of local, regional and national organisations to achieve much more for the wider community, delivering a lasting, positive social impact across Greater Manchester. 

Those involved in our dedication to helping Greater Manchester residents live healthy, happy and longer lives include: 

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Our Partners

Greater Manchester Moving

Greater Manchester Moving is GM’s movement for movement working together to positively change the lives of people across Greater Manchester through physical activity and sport.

GM Moving in Action is the Greater Manchester strategy for physical activity. It is shaped and powered by GM Moving, the ‘movement for movement’.

Everyone has a role to play in GM Moving; people, communities and organisations, from every sector and place across the city region, pulling in the same direction and with a shared goal to help people move more. We’re united by a shared passion and commitment for what we do, why we do it and how we do it.

The GM Moving in Action strategy is the tool for doing this, setting out what they’ll do to get people moving more by designing moving into everyday life. Helping people move a little more, making it easier to be active and a natural part of how we all live, travel, work and play in Greater Manchester.

GM Active is a key partner of the GM Moving Executive Group (represented by our Chair, Andy King). They work together on behalf of the whole system, to shape and steer GM Moving.

The GM Active ‘We Move As One’ strategy has been developed in response to the GM Moving in Action strategy. Our collective commitment aligns with GM Moving. We want to support people to have active lives. This is within our indoor or outdoor facilities or through the wide variety of services and programmes we deliver in our local communities.

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GreaterSport is a leading Greater Manchester charity. They play a strategic leadership role in support of GM Moving, the Greater Manchester wide movement, for movement.

They are one of 42 Active Partnerships; a network of system partners working with Sport England to support the local implementation of the Uniting the Movement Strategy.

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Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership was formed following our city region’s historic devolution deal with Government.
The Partnership is made up of our local NHS organisations and councils, as well as people from NHS England and NHS Improvement, our emergency services, the voluntary sector, Healthwatch and others including the mayor of Greater Manchester.

Together, we’re finding what works on a local level, and responding to what people need across all ten boroughs. We’re using our experience and know-how to improve the way we spend our public health money. And we’re making sure that big decisions are being made together, locally.
Having taken charge of our health and social care services, we aim to improve the health and wellbeing of all the residents of Greater Manchester

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and thMayor of Greater Manchester, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.

The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.

The GMCA gives local people more control over issues that affect their area. It means the region speaks with one voice and can make a strong case for resources and investment.

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Greater Manchester Cancer

Greater Manchester Cancer is the cancer programme of Greater Manchester’s devolved health and social care system. Greater Manchester Cancer covers the whole of Greater Manchester as well as Eastern Cheshire, a population of over 3 million people.

Greater Manchester Cancer has a broad focus, from prevention and early diagnosis to living with and beyond cancer and end of life care. The programme includes, among other things, the work of the Pathway Boards that were set up through Manchester Cancer and the work taking place in the Greater Manchester as part of the national cancer vanguard.

Prehab4Cancer is the first UK ICS delivered rehabilitation and recovery programme for cancer patients, via a partnership between the Greater Manchester Cancer alliance and GM Active. The programme facilitates cancer patients to engage in exercise, nutrition, and wellbeing assessments and interventions prior to, during and after treatment.

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10GM is a joint venture to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Greater Manchester. The founding members are: Action Together, Bolton CVS, Macc and Salford CVS. We are local infrastructure organisations operating strategically and collaboratively; our shared purpose is to champion local voluntary and community action and social enterprise across the city-region in order to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s people and communities.

10GM operates to cooperative principles and is established as a company limited by guarantee owned by the members. Its purposes are:

  • To foster social action for the purposes of empowering communities throughout Greater Manchester and is environs;
  • To strengthen local infrastructure that supports communities, charities, and similar organisations through facilitating collaborations;
  • To champion local infrastructure and local communities to bodies concerned with Greater Manchester and its environs.

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National Partners

Because what we are doing is so unique and trailblazing across GM Active, national partners such as Sport England, ukactive, Community Leisure UK and The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) have been keen to engage with us, work with us, challenge us and learn from us.


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.

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.

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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Reach Wellness: A shared vision to improve wellness among Greater Manchester’s communities

News | 06/02/2024

Exercise is just as much about recovery and regeneration as it is about pushing yourself, says Jeff Davis, Managing Director of our Strategic Business Partner, Reach Wellness.

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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.