Moseley Road Baths CIO
‘Allow people in the community to gain new skills.’
Moseley Road Baths is used by the local community for swimming, water activities, school swimming and by private clubs. The site was built in 1907 and is the only Grade II listed swimming pool in the UK still in operation as a public baths.
What is Moseley Road Baths CIO?
In 2013, Birmingham City Council announced its intention to close the site and Moseley Road Baths Charitable Incorporated Organisation (MRB CIO) was formed in 2017 to explore the options to prevent the closure. The site is now on the World Heritage Fund Watch List and the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register.
Over its lifespan, the building has suffered from a severe lack of appropriate maintenance leaving much of the space unusable, with swimming infrastructure requiring funding. After a massive amount of work to renovate the building, Moseley Road Baths has now been able to start operating swimming.
The organisation was keen to support health and wellbeing in the local community, which compromises of communities who have recognised health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, unhealthy lifestyles and drug or alcohol misuse. These populations experience higher long term limiting illness and mortality rates than the Birmingham average, highlighting a need to continue to offer swimming at the Baths. Swimming, unlike gyms and many other sports, has no age restriction or barrier to participation due to health or weight, making it excellent physical exercise for everyone and also helping with good mental wellbeing.
There is a real need for Moseley Road Baths to offer women-only sessions, with female lifeguards on duty. In the local area of Balsall Heath, there is a large South Asian community and a real lack of suitable places for women to undertake exercise in accordance with their culture. Moseley Road Baths currently has just one female lifeguard and urgently require funding to train volunteer lifeguards and swim teachers, without which the pool cannot operate. Moseley Road Bath’s programme intends to train young women in lifeguarding and swimming teacher training, providing qualified volunteers and potential employees for the Baths and helping women into employment in a sports setting.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2,000 would pay for 6 women to train as lifeguards and to undergo the customer care and safeguarding section of the volunteer training programme. This would enable Moseley Road Baths to open for more sessions and safely cover swimming sessions for local people.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Moseley Road Baths CIO?
Karen Leach, Chair of Trustees
Tel: 0121 439 0320