Actify is a Glasgow-based social enterprise formed in 2016 with the social mission of improving the UK’s health and wellbeing through increased levels of physical activity. We support the organisations working on the ground and reinvest company surplus in our work and mission.
We provide a centralised place for knowledge and information across the areas of policy, funding, research, and practice. A great deal of knowledge and information already exists, but whilst the organisations across these areas share common goals, they are not always well connected. Our goal is to increase access to relevant data, information and learning, thereby making sure policy is always fully informed and the impact of research maximised.
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Aidan is an experienced project manager who has spent his career working in the design, development and management of sports and physical activity projects both in UK and overseas. Aidan has worked in the private, public and third sector with clients such as Inter Milan, Nokia, Castrol, Coca-Cola, The Scottish Government, Inspiring Scotland, The Prince’s Trust and Scottish Sports Futures. In recent years Aidan has led the development of physical activity programmes with health and social improvement outcomes such as Active East and Active Play. Aidan aims to support the development of more programmes and help organisations to harness the power of digital technology through Agile CIC.
Colin has worked with technology in various ways for nearly twenty years. As the owner and founder of Cobry he has been a strong advocate of using the latest cloud and mobile technologies for many years. Working with both for-profit and third sector organisations Colin shapes the latest cloud tools to their needs with a constant drive to improve efficiency and usability. A central part of any project is the how the adoption of new tools affects the end-user so training and change management are particular strengths. Colin’s previous background in teaching has helped inform this practice as has his nearly thirty year involvement with a local sports club in a wide variety of roles.
Phil is a sports development lecturer at Glasgow Kelvin College. He is also the staff representative on the College board, sits on the strategic planning group and supports the development of wider community initiatives. He is also a keen sports coach who has worked in a range of settings including community clubs, professional clubs and Universities as well as holding a Sports Development post with a youth organisation. Phil has a passion for using his skills, expertise and connections to tackle physical inactivity and the sport for development agenda.
Head of Digital
Research and Development Intern
Digital Media and Support Assistant
Anna Shams Ili
Digital Media and Support Assistant
Spirit of 2012 Thrive Learning Programme
“We want to use our learning to influence policy and practice. Working with Actify over the last 3 years is helping us achieve this. We’re looking forward to working with Actify again over the next couple of years as we roll out the Thrive Learning Programme.”
Alex Johnston Head of Learning and Impact Spirit of 2012
Children’s Parliament and the University of Glasgow – Schools on the Move
“The Actify team have been integral to the success of our project, not least because of their unrivalled skills in the digital technology sector. Just as important has been their physical activity related expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail. It is the combination of these things that set Actify apart. They have been an incredible partner and we hope that this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship together.”
Dr Paul McCrorie MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
University of Glasgow
University of Edinburgh – SPARC 2018 and 2019
“The presence of the Actify team at the SPARC conference captured the essence of the event in a way that could not have been done without them. Interviews with the key presenters and organisers brought the programme alive and enabled those who could not attend to get a good understanding of the key messages. The event is now stored for further review. This is a great learning tool.”
Chair in Physical Activity for Health and Director of PAHRC
University of Edinburgh
Scottish Sports Futures
“We have been working alongside the team at Actify to nudge us into the digital age. We have received excellent training and involved in round table discussions on how as a sector we can best learn and share. The team have produced excellent promotional videos for us while teaching us how to do it ourselves. They have a great perspective on what the sector needs and I am delighted that we can be part of the networks that they have created.”
CEO Scottish Sports Futures
Strategic Plan 2020-2023
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