This week is our week on LoveBrum, a charity that engages with local people and businesses to help build a better Birmingham!
Moseley Road Baths is one of three good causes in Birmingham that could receive £2000 of funding from LoveBrum. If we’re successful, this money would pay for 6 women to train as lifeguards and to undergo the customer care and safeguarding section of our volunteer training programme. This would then enable Moseley Road Baths to open for more sessions and safely provide more swimming for local people. You can watch our video on YouTube now!
We’re keen to support health and wellbeing of the local community and 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.
To help us, members of LoveBrum need to go to their website and vote for us.
MRB CIO wouldn’t have been able to take over the running of Moseley Road Baths without the huge amount of time and work put in by volunteers. The Trustees of the charity are all volunteers and without their determination and enthusiasm this much loved community pool would have closed at the end of July 2017. We’ve just trained our first group of volunteer lifeguards who will soon begin to cover swimming sessions at Moseley Road Baths and we have a dedicated team of amazing volunteers like Albertha who are already helping on reception and providing a warm and friendly welcome for swimmers!
if you would like to know more about volunteering at Moseley Road Baths and making a contribution to your local community, look at our Volunteering page for details about the different roles we have available and how to apply!
It’s half term next week so there will be extra public swimming sessions!
The baths will be closed on the bank holiday Monday 28th May and will re-open at 12:30 on Tuesday 29th May. Local schools won’t be using the pool in the morning or afternoon for the rest of the week and lifeguards will still be available so there will be more opportunity to swim at our lovely Grade II* listed Edwardian pool.
To double check, call the pool on 0121 439 0320 or keep an eye on the Timetable page for any last minute changes.
On Sunday 22nd April, Moseley Road will be closed between 8am and 7pm for the “We Are Balsall Heath” Mela. The organisers will have stalls all along the route and Trustees of the CIO plus members of the Friends of MRB will be in front of Moseley Road Baths.
Come and visit our stall to have a chat about our efforts to keep swimming at Moseley Road Baths, find out about our plans for the future and let us know if you think you would be able to volunteer some of your time to help us!
From the stall we will be arranging some short tours of the building, bearing in mind that Pool 2 will in use until 1:30pm. The Gala Pool will still be out of bounds, unfortunately, but we can show you other unseen areas of the Grade II* listed building.
We’ve all been working incredibly hard – staff, volunteers and trustees – to get our systems up and running for reopening on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to seeing as many people as possible then. We’ll have refreshments, information, tours and most importantly SWIMMING – though we’re afraid the showers are out of action due to a technical hitch with the repairs the council did over the week…
We’ve also had to make some hard decisions about normal weekends, after this saturday. Because our agreement with the council has not been finalised, the council staff are still in place – we’re very grateful for their patience – but fitting their existing hours to our new timetable has proved a challenge. we have a great volunteer We have therefore had to reduce saturday and sunday opening times for the next few weeks. It might be possible to hire the pool during these times, but this will have to depend on staff availability. See the timetable for more info. We do hope this
Massive thanks to everyone – volunteers, city council staff and everyone else – who has helped during this challenging week. There are too many complete heroes to mention.