Jesmond Pool has an unusual history. Originally opened in 1938, the pool was closed by the Council in 1991, to save money.
Within a year a registered charity and limited company, called Jesmond Swimming Project, was formed to lease the building from the Council,
employ staff, and reopen the pool as a public facility.
The Pool has flourished ever since, and particularly benefited from a major refurbishment in 2002/3, partially funded by the National Lottery.
Its community-based, charitable company structure remains an important part of the success of the project, and there are opportunities for local
people to attend open meetings of the trustees, or to volunteer to join the Board, or specialist sub-groups such as those responsible for Finance
and Fundraising, Communications, Personnel or Building Development matters.
Many customers comment on the friendly staff employed at the pool, and the volunteers who help out with a range of complementary duties.
Many of the key staff, including the Chief Executive Glenn Armstrong, have been at the pool since before or shortly after it re-opened in 1992.
Some of the junior staff took part in the campaign to save the pool as children, and have come through the ranks as volunteers.
Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience in the leisure industry, and benefit from relevant free training.
As an award-winning community enterprise, Jesmond Pool receives regular visits and enquiries from other similar projects throughout the United Kingdom and even abroad.
Locally, we have given extensive support to Fenham Pool. Some of the documents attached to this website, such as our Social Accounts, will provide invaluable
documentation to help such projects plan their own future. We may also be able to offer a consultancy service to projects hoping to benefit from our experience:
if you are interested in this, contact Glenn Armstrong at the pool.
More About Us:
Governance (Our structure and key positions)