In a year that will see three major lido projects come to fruition, the ‘lido revolution’ has gained fresh momentum. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £99,800 to the Future Lidos Group for a major project, ‘Pooling Resources’.
Pooling Resources will bring together skills and knowledge within the group; expertise across the wider lido sector, and external insight, such as from international lido culture.
This will be shaped into a digital Lido Toolkit, freely available to all lido campaigners and project teams. It will cover key themes such as community involvement, environmental sustainability, business planning, inclusive design, and maximising the health and economic benefits of community lidos.
We are working towards an autumn launch for the Toolkit. The research phase is largely complete, and the writing, editing and design are underway.
We are also working throughout 2023 on raising awareness, making connections, and strengthening the network of lidos serving communities across the UK and Ireland.
“The UK is home to an amazing collection of lidos. Many had fallen into disrepair, but a renewed love of these special places and the blissful joy of swimming outdoors has created a lido renaissance right across the country. At the Heritage Fund we are delighted we have supported that renaissance by providing more than £13 million towards restoring and celebrating lidos such Saltdean Lido in Brighton and Cleveland Pools in Bath. Lidos are true public and community spaces, providing health, wellbeing and happiness to those who use them. Our support to the Future Lidos Group for their ‘Pooling Resources’ project will help others build capacity and understanding of lidos so that these can be enjoyed by communities for years to come.”
Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive at The National Lottery Heritage Fund
“This investment underlines the importance of our living lido heritage as a uniquely joyous route to community health, well-being, inclusion and social mobility. We are deeply grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and to National Lottery Players for this opportunity.”
Deborah Aydon, People’s Pool founder and Pooling Resources Project Director
“This group first came together during Covid to create a space to collaborate and share experiences, research and best practice. It was apparent from the start and as the group grew quickly to almost 40 schemes that the energy and talent existed across the country to make the much heralded lido revolution a reality. This award will help towards reinstating the inclusive, fun lido facilities that a diverse range of people in communities across the country evidently want, so they can get out and be active. Whatever the weather!”
FLG originator Michael Wood, Assistant Professor at Northumbria University and Tynemouth Pool campaigner
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK. More than £30 million raised each week goes to good causes across the UK.