Welcome to The 12 Days Of Crowdfunding… a celebration of our top picks from 2017 – and trust me, there were a lot to choose from. We take our hats off to all of our project owners, who are a collection of some of the finest changemakers out there. They are working hard everyday to make their mark on communities across the whole of the UK, with the help of the Crowd of course. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and can’t wait to welcome in the New Year with the same resolution that we always abide by (we don’t mind if you want to steal it as yours too)… Make Ideas Happen.
Swimming is renowned for being a good all-round activity. It keeps your heart rate up, builds endurance, and takes some of the impact stress off your body. What’s great is that with public swimming pools throughout the entirety of the UK, many of us are lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a dip when we wish.
However, whilst all pools play a vital community role, there’s a special type of pool which makes a significant contribution to our social and architectural history in the UK, and that is historical baths.
Recognising the important impact that these sites have upon local wellbeing and community spirit, these Crowdfunder projects set about restoring and reviving their much loved iconic Baths to breathe new life into their community and preserve the sites for the use of future generations.
Byrne Avenue Baths – Let’s Get This Party Started!
Originally built in 1933, Byrne Avenue Baths in Rock Ferry, Wirral had been closed for several years and was in dire need of some TLC. Looking to get the Baths back up and running, Byrne Avenue Trust took over the lease of the building from Wirral Council, and started to get to work on the restoration. This charity is working hard to restore, refurbish and re-open this beautiful swimming pool and sports centre, by the community for the community, there’s a lot of work to do – windows and roof leaks to be fixed, and pigeons to evict.
Govanhill Baths New Health & Wellbeing Centre
After the closure of Govanhill Baths in 2001, a direct impact has been seen on the wellbeing of the community. The iconic Baths are now set to be redeveloped as a new Health and Wellbeing Centre for one of Scotland’s most diverse communities. After reaching £6.4m of the funds required to achieve this dream, the community behind this endeavour turned to the Crowd to raise the last £300k with a community share offer, making this much-loved asset community owned.
Swimming for the Future of Moseley Road Baths
Moseley Road Baths first opened for public swimming in 1907, and is unquestionably one of Birmingham’s most important heritage buildings. However, after facing closure in 2018, a loud and vocal community campaign, with the support of national and international heritage organisations, led to a reprieve. The newly formed Moseley Road Baths Community Interest Company (MRB CIC) set about making a plan to develop a workable model, and turned to the Crowd to ask for their help in secure the future of the Baths.
From The Team
Georgie Barr, Social Media Manager at Crowdfunder, said, “Often homed in architecturally wonderful buildings, there is something really nostalgic about traditional Baths that I think resonates with many generations. They have always stood as a place to meet, socialise and be active, providing a huge sense of community. This was lost for a while, and it’s amazing to see how people are now coming together again to recognise the value of their iconic Baths, rescuing and preserving them for future generations.”