About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to create healthy communities by enabling people to improve their wellbeing through exercise.

We break down barriers to exercise, especially for those most vulnerable.

We provide flexible, rewarding volunteering opportunities linked to physical activity.

We empower people to reclaim their local public spaces as places to exercise.

We promote the physical and mental health benefits that regular activity brings.

Outdoor Gym equipment to create healthy communities
Everything we do makes a lasting impact on the people who have been involved; the kids and parents exercising together in the park, the older person experiencing their neighbourhood on foot for the first time in ages and the volunteers gaining in their own personal confidence”

Nick Griffin – Chair of Trustees

Our Projects

Move Map

Our website and interactive Move Map enables people to reclaim their local open spaces as the place to get active.
We give you free access to our Move Map, where you can see the locations of outdoor exercise equipment, find a local walk or get inspired with one of our workout challenges. Registered website users have the opportunity to log activities to unlock achievements!

Our aim is to reduce health inequalities by enabling people from all walks of life to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of moving.
Move Map graphic, map of outdoor gyms in York
Photo of Egg Cameron, Chief executive of Move the Masses
“For me, the real impact is measured through feedback and stories; the personal journeys of people who we have helped to overcome the barriers and challenges they face.”

Egg Cameron – Chief Executive

Photo of Move Mates scheme volunteer, building healthy community in York

Move Mates

Our Move Mates project helps people to get out and about with the support of a volunteer walking buddy.
We pair people with a Move Mate volunteer living or working within the same local community to meet regularly for a walk.

This can be a walk to the shops, to collect a prescription or simply a stroll round the local area.  Move Mates supports people of all ages to improve both physical and mental wellbeing. We provide the motivation, company and moral support to help people to become more active and less socially isolated.

Move Mates currently operates in York, but we can help if you’d like to start your own Move Mates project in your local area.  
“Mum very much enjoys her little walks out and I’m sure the fresh air and exercise help her to sleep better at night. Thank you so much for your time and kindness.”

Son of Move Mate Beneficiary

Our Trustees

Our amazing trustees ensure the work we do has the biggest impact.
Click through to find out a bit more information about them.
Nick Griffin, chair of trustees at Move the Masses

Nick Griffin

Nick Griffin is our ultra-marathon running Chair of Trustees. He’s passionate about bringing the joy of exercise to everybody.
John Bourton, Trustee of Move the Masses

John Bourton

Our trustee John Bourton had lost motivation for exercise after retiring and realised how good he felt when he started moving again.
Deborah Rack, trustee of Move the Masses

Deborah Rack

Deborah Rack is a trustee for Move the Masses. A keen cyclist, Deborah has responsibility for overseeing our fundraising activities.
Barbara Willett, secretary of Move the Masses

Barbara Willett

Barbara is our Secretary and makes sure we’re all well organised and stick to our deadlines!

Treasurer

Our Treasurer post is vacant and we’re recruiting for new trustee to join our board.
Phil Tonks, Outdoor fitness expert for Move the Masses

Phil Tonks

Phil is our outdoor fitness equipment expert, running a business in constructing play and sport areas. He has always been motivated by enabling wider communities to access the kind of facilities that help them to be active and outdoors in the fresh air.

Volunteer Today!

Want to volunteer to support others in your local area? You can help by becoming a Move Mate, a Volunteer Administrator or a Move Champion.