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

Wellbeing Walks

Our volunteers lead group walks which are more about the socialising and fresh air than the walking!  

Wellbeing Walks enable people to socialise with each other in a friendly, unpressured setting. This increases confidence among participants and brings people together, providing an opportunity for people to make connections in their local community, which in turn tackles social isolation.

These group walks are up to a mile in distance, and the pace is very gentle, with plenty of opportunity to take a break, sit and natter.

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.  

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
“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.

Find out a bit more about them below.

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

John Bourton had lost motivation for exercise after retiring and realised how good he felt when he started moving again.

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Brigit Coleman-Green

Brigit has responsibility for overseeing our fundraising activities and supports our bid writing to keep us funded.

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!

Jack Strickland

Jack is our Treasurer, his wealth of accounting experience keeps our finances on track. He is also a keen rugby player.

Headshot of Vicky

Vicky Robertson

Vicky is our legal expert, she guides us with her knowledge of charity law and governance.

Ange Graham

Ange is passionate about championing the benefits of physical exercise on mental and physical wellbeing. Policy development is her bag and she’s also our liaison between the board and our volunteers.

Hayden Holmes

Hayden is our new Chair of Trustees and will be taking over from Nick in this role from March 2022.

Secretary Vacancy

We are looking for a secretary to join our board of trustees. If you have a great eye for detail and are really well organised, get in touch!

Volunteer Today!

Want to volunteer to support others in your local area? We have a range of volunteer roles to suit different people with different availability and our volunteer community is a fun place to be!