The Friends of Settle Swimming Pool is a charity whose aim is to assist in providing, promoting, improving and sustaining the swimming facilities for the benefit of the communities within the Settle area.
It was established in 1992 and since then has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to maintain and improve the facilities at the pool.
It is run by a group of trustees, elected at an annual meeting.
The idea of having a separate charity was to ensure that long-term funding for the major repair work inevitably needed in a building like this was kept apart from the day-to-day financing of the pool.
What do we do?
The principal means of fund raising for the Friends has been through the collection and sale of waste paper and cardboard. A team of around 20 volunteers operate two containers that are sited by the pool car park. The site is open six days a week and on average the volunteers collect 30 tons of wastepaper and cardboard a month from local households and businesses.
In 2019 it raised a total £8,500.
A 200 club is also operated through the Friends and this has been fully subscribed for a number of years. It raises approximately £4,000 a year.
The Friends have also given financial support to the Stingrays and the Disabled Swimmers clubs and helped schools pay for transport to swimming classes.
Originally, the idea of having a separate charity was to ensure that long-term funding for the major repair work was kept apart from the day-to-day financing of the pool. However following the re-constitution of the principal pool charity as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) there is less of a need to separate the long-term fund raising from the day-to-day running of the pool.
The intention is for the Friends organisation to wind up and funds be transferred to the main charity once the currently in-progress building plans are ready to go. Future volunteer work would continue under the main pool charity.
In 2019, in preparation for the merger of the Friends with the main pool charity the income from the recycling operation was transferred to the main pool account and it is the intention that the income from the 200 club will follow at a later date.