- Advance education among the residents of Islay and Jura through the provision of training in the skills of life-saving and resusitation
- To provide relief of residents... who suffer from mental and/or physical disability... through the provision of therapy withing a swimming pool environment
- To bring about a widespread and thorough knowledge among residents... of the princicles which underlie the art of swimming and to promote and encourage the teaching of swimming and lifesaving
The Trust, set up in 1997, does all of these things by supporting the Islay and Jura swimming pool housed in the Mactaggart Leisure Centre and the extensive range of activities it provides for all ages and all abilities.
Swimming pools don't make money. Before a spade went into the ground on the site on the site of the future pool, the Islay and Jura Swimming Pool Commitee negotiated an annual subsidy from Argyll and Bute Council. Six Years on it was proving woefully inadequate; to balance to books the board of Islay and Jura Community Enterprises was having to draw on capital reserves intended for major emergencies. By the year 2000 the Trust Fund had grown to £25,000, a great effort but still insufficient to provide the income required to bridge annual funding gaps. The Board calculated that their reserves would last just another five years.
Desperate times inspire desperate actions. Islay and Jura Community Enterprises Board launched it's Millenium Appeal, with a £300,000 target, a formiddable sum, but the minimum needed if the trust fund was to generate enough money every year to balance the swimming pool books. the appeal was launched at a very successful Auction and Ball in January 2000,which raised nearly £3,000. Local businesses contributed generously, local people continue to make donations through Gift Aid, friends of Islay from distant parts have sent donations, as have other trust which support our objectives. It took time and perserverance but by 2005 the Board and trustees have achieved the target.
Since 2005 the trust has provided a loan, now redeemed, to assist the cashflow during the major plant renewal project, and guarantees of loans to support funding applications. In addition the Trust is commited to provide the reserves which the Office of the Charities Regulator (OSCR) requires community businesses to have, sufficient to cover three months of trading should your business fall into financial difficulties.
The value of the pool in meeting all of its objectives of the Trust has been well proven. On Islay and Jura we could no longer contemplate a life where our children could not learn to swim, hadn't the chance to increase their skills through lessons, where there was no warm water therapy for disabled people and no life saving instruction for those who go out in boats for either recreation or to earn their living. But it all comes at a price. Since 2000 costs have risen steadily and in 2008 sharply.What seened like a sufficient capital balance thirteen years ago is now barely adequite to provide the support needed. We believe that the Trust's assets are well managed, but like all charities their value has declined as share prices have fallen.
If you would like to give to this cause, whether by donation, or the Gift Aid route the contact details are provided below. Every donation, large or small, is equally important and appreciated. The Trust has also had a kind offer of free legal help for anyone who would like to leave a legacy to it.