Help Highworth Rec to stay afloat
HIGHWORTH’S pool bosses are appealing for new members and trustees to come forward to safeguard the leisure facility’s future.
The recreation centre, based at The Elms, is already partly owned by the community, but the ball is now rolling for the charity board of trustees to take over its full management.
Swindon Council, Highworth Town Council and a charitable limited company, which was formed to continue its legacy, currently run the pool.
In April, Swindon Council launched a programme to find alternative ways to fund its leisure and cultural services by outsourcing its management to private providers.
The council has to make savings of £3.6m from its leisure and culture budget by April 2014.
The pool’s charity trust, which was formed after the Second World War, plans to make a bid to fully manage the community asset, but needs new members to join its team.
Chairman of the board’s trust Jenny Shorten said:“We are looking for local people to help make these decisions and safeguard this legacy for the future on behalf of the people of Highworth.
“The charity that owns part of the centre has always had local people and users of the centre involved in running its affairs. Now we have become a charitable company we need to recruit more individuals who can give us their views and support.
“There are two ways in which people can become involved – as members or as trustees.
“They are both really important in helping us maintain the involvement of the local community in the centre’s future.”
A number of activities are hosted at the venue, which also has a fitness hall, and holds activities such as diving lessons, birthday parties, basketball games, gymnastic courses and many more.
The board is particularly keen to recruit individuals with a mixture of backgrounds and experience including finance, sport and leisure, marketing and fundraising and those working with young people and people with disabilities.
“We know from surveys in the past just how supportive the people of Highworth are of the centre,” said Jenny.
“I hope we can convert this into active involvement from fellow residents and users of the Rec.”
Anyone interested should contact Jenny by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01793 766759 or alternatively contact Richard Williams, vice chairman on 01793 763514.
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