“Wellbeing Exeter is so beneficial, often the patients that keep returning to their GP just need social interaction”

— Dr Wong (Westbank Surgery)

Physical Activity

The role of the Community Physical Activity Organisers’ (CPAOs), is to connect people in communities to others and to opportunities that can support them to become or remain active – whatever that means for the individual.

They focus on supporting individuals and communities to develop welcoming and inclusive opportunities for getting active in Exeter’s local neighbourhoods and supporting them to make physical activity part of their daily lives in ways that work for them.

These roles are funded by the Exeter and Cranbrook Sport England Local Delivery Pilot as part of wider investment in Wellbeing Exeter and will be part of the wider Wellbeing Exeter team of Community Connectors and Community Builders.

The CPAOs are hosted by the Exeter City Community Trust. Their role is to work with individuals and groups, targeting the least active people in the city, exploring ways to enable them to move more.

They will be:

Working alongside INDIVIDUALS to understand where they are on their physical activity journey and, when invited, to connect them to groups, activities, opportunities, information or co/creating new opportunities with them, their friends and/or their neighbours.

Working alongside existing VOLUNTEERS to understand the volunteer experience and, when invited, to help them and the groups they volunteer to create a culture that supports and rewards those giving their time.

Working alongside EXISTING GROUPS to understand if they are willing or able to accept new members with a history of inactivity and, when invited, help those groups access training, funding or volunteers to develop a culture that welcomes and supports people taking their first steps into physical activity.

Working with PARTNERS.

These are the areas they cover and their contact details:

South East Exeter: Wonford, St Loyes, Topsham, Newcourt, Countess Wear & Heavitree

Ed Shaw – 07736 918281 –

Central & North Exeter: Pinhoe, Mincinglake & Whipton, Mount Pleasant, Duryard & St James and Newtown & St Leonards

Andy O’Doherty – 07736 918280 –

West Exeter: Alphington & St Thomas

Maresa Bossano – 07784 359021 –

West Exeter: Exwick & St David’s

Pete Kingston – 07784 359020 –