Pooling Our Resources
Mid Argyll Community Pool (MACPool) in Lochgilphead has announced exciting plans to buy the building and courtyard next to the pool
Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Ltd, the social enterprise which runs MACPool, has been looking for opportunities to improve the pool and expand the activities on offer for several years now. Graham Love, MACPool Manager, told us:
“There is government funding available to help community organisations, like ours, to buy assets for community benefit. We’ve already been successful in getting through stage one of the assessment process, and are now working on our stage 2 application – the one that could bring MACPool the funding it needs. If we can secure this money for the community, then we can do so much more. We can add things like a family friendly café, soft play area, new viewing area, improve the changing village, and add new exercise/ therapy rooms.”
The organisation has commissioned SKS Scotland, another social enterprise, which specialises in helping community groups buy assets, to develop a business plan for their ideas. Kerrien Grant, a director of SKS, explained:
“The Scottish Land Fund is the best opportunity that MACPool has to get the kind of funding the community needs, but to get this funding, MACPool needs to show community support. That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to get the community behind the idea.”
Pop into MACPool and fill out an ‘I love MAC Pool ‘card – you can use these to sign up as a supporting member for free, or just drop a card into a collection point to show your support for the project. The more cards collected, the better the chance of getting funding, and the more that MACPool can do for the community. Contact Graham Love at MACPool if you want to know more about where you can collect cards, or if you can help by getting more cards completed.