Swimming for the Future of Moseley Road Baths

by carolinemrbaths in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th December 2017 we successfully raised £26,495 with 345 supporters in 56 days

Help secure the future of swimming at Moseley Road Baths

by carolinemrbaths in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Can we stretch the target to help us meet more of the running costs for the first year? There's the costs of general maintenance helping keeping everything in working order that needs to be met; we would also like to raise more funds to cover those 'rainy days' - those unexpected bills that just might happen. 

For example, the costs of ensuring the water is at the correct temperature is estimated at £7,506 p.a. which,  I'm sure you'll agree, is quite a lot of money. To insurance the building costs £2,912 p.a. and we reckon we will need to spend about £9,000 p.a. for supplies - things like pool chemicals and cleaning materials. 

We also need to spend about £3,000 p.a. on marketing - making sure that people know that the pool is still open for swimming as some people have assumed the pool is closing! We also need  to spend about £1,500 on equipment and that doesn't include the costs of the pool cover, estiamted at about £15,000 which we need to help stop the water evapourating.

So as you can see, even if we meet our stretch target - and with your help and support, we might just do that - there's still many more things we could spend the money on to ensure that swimming keeps happening at Moseley Road Baths.

On 30 October 1907, Moseley Road Baths first opened for public swimming and so, at the end of this month, the Baths will be 110 years old.


Unquestionably one of Birmingham's most important heritage buildings, Moseley Road Baths is also one of the nation's most significant swimming pools - it is the oldest Grade II* Listed Building still open for public swimming.                                                                                                                                

A much-loved and well-used community pool, last year nearly 80,000 people swam in the pool, did aqua-aerobics, or just had fun splashing around in the water. For children especially, swimming is a life-saving skill, ready to be used, if, and when, needed.

However Moseley Road Baths is due to close in March 2018. We would like to raise the funds needed to keep swimming at the Baths. 

Identified for closure by Birmingham City Council, 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) now has 9 months  to develop a workable model for swimming, enabling it to take over operational responsibility for water activity from April 2018.

But, if the future of swimming at Moseley Road Baths is to be secured, we need your help!

Our Crowdfunder appeal target is to raise £13,552 to train 8 volunteers in lifeguarding, swim teaching as well as in customer service skills, health and safety, etc. Each volunteer must be trained so we can offer safe swimming on every occasion we are open.

If we can raise this amount, we can ensure that when we take over, swimming at Moseley Road Baths will continue to be enjoyable and safe.

Once we have raised this amount, we will still very much need your donations and they will be put towards things such as keeping the water hygienic so that people can enjoy swimming in a clean pool, and to pay for the lighting and heating.

Could you support us by giving a donation or claiming one of our rewards which will help us keep this heritage pool open?  

Our Business Plan shows that the Baths can break even within three years but, in the first year, we need to raise £75,000 to help pay for essential things like heat, light and water. If we can raise some of that, we're part of the way there - if we can raise all of it, that's great.  We realise that £75,000 is a huge amount of money and so that's why we urgently need your support to meet these critcal costs that will keep this important heritage pool open. 

Your donation, however large or small, will enable us to make this community pool work in the long term - providing valuable training and experience for volunteers, helping people get active and keep fit, and giving children the chance to learn to swim.

We believe that it is important that community pools such as Moseley Road Baths remain open,  located at the  centre of their neighbourhoods, accessible to everyone. We know that here in Birmingham, some children cannot easily get to go swimming; for others, swimming may be a luxury as paying the rent or feeding the family has to come first. That is why MRB CIC is determined to ensure that community swimming continues. Working with advisors and volunteers, we've won our first grant to help us develop the future plan and have put in untold voluntary hours to keep swimming local. 

Securing the future of swimming is only one piece of the jigsaw. We're also working as part of the recently- formed Moseley Road Baths Coalition to create a sustainable future for the Baths. MRB CIC, alongside the Friends of Moseley Road Baths, the National Trust, Historic England and The World Monuments Fund are currently developing  longer term,  sustainable plans  for the building's use and are working with Birmingham City Council to secure capital funds to make urgent repairs.

We also know  that many people support our aims, but simply cannot afford to give anything. We understand this and ask that you sign up for our newsletter, so that you can help us spread the word to as many people as possible: http://www.friendsofmrb.co.uk/mailing-list/


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

To help us cover our running costs per year, we will send you our thanks with an electronic Certificate of Appreciation.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Help us run the Baths for the first year and we'll send you our specially commissioned pin badge to say thanks!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Help us meet some of the running costs of keeping Moseley Road Baths open for the first year. And we'll say thanks by sending you an A5 print.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

Could you help us meet some of the running costs of the Baths for the first year? If you can, we'll send you a special A5 print with our thanks.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Could you cover a volunteer's expenses so that no one volunteering is out of pocket? If so, we will send you an A5 print and a specially commissioned pin badge, together with our thanks!

£125 or more

£125 Reward

If you can help us to train each volunteer in customer service skills, health and safety, etc., we'll send you an A4 print of the Baths to say thanks.

£240 or more

£240 Reward

Help us ensure each volunteer has done sufficient Continuous Professional Development (CPD) swimming activities which is mandatory for the annual renewal requirement and we will send you a specially commissioned A4 print and a pin badge. This also comes with our thanks!

£295 or more

£295 Reward

If you can pay us to train a lifeguard in the Royal Life Saving Society accredited qualification, we can continue to run public swimming sessions. And to say thanks, we'll send you an A1 print of the Baths.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Help us to train one volunteer Swim Teacher in Level 1 Amateur Swimming Association accredited qualification and receive an A1 print of the Baths plus a specially commissioned pin badge. And, of course, our thanks!

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