Shaftesbury Oasis 2019 season launch!

Shaftesbury Oasis 2019 Season Launch!

Shaftesbury Town Council is delighted to report that the renovation works at the Oasis Pool is complete and the season has officially started!

Following the success of the public toilet project, STC has once again worked in partnership with Nikki Dodds from ‘Build Love’ social enterprise and representatives from Guy’s Marsh and Weston College to deliver the project.

Shaftesbury’s Mayor, Councillor Tim Cook says: ‘The pool has been completely transformed for the start of the 2019 season. It is fantastic that we have been able to enhance the pool for our residents to enjoy. The pool really is such a great asset and I extend a warm welcome to the people of Shaftesbury and very much hope you enjoy the improved experience’.

The Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Guy’s Marsh, Beccy Archer, said the project added huge value within the prison. Those staff and men involved were delighted to have been given a further opportunity to be part of the project. Shaftesbury Town Council recognises the benefits of supporting skills development within the community and are pleased to have been able to facilitate the practical work experience in collaboration with Guy’s Marsh and Build Love.

For this specific project, Build Love also appointed 2 experienced painters and decorators, refugees looking for a helping hand into the workplace. The Syrian brothers committed to working in a voluntary capacity throughout the project. This experience has helped the brothers gain valuable work experience and learn more about the practical work environment in the UK.

Build Love representative Nikki Dodds said “I am delighted to have worked in partnership with Shaftesbury Town Council as the lead facilitator in this project with Guy’s Marsh and Weston College. This fantastic opportunity has enabled selected men to work under supervision in a practical learning environment and bring their coursework to life. In total this project provided over 200 volunteer days made up from 16 men learning within the Guy’s Marsh woodwork workshop, a further 16 participated in the art workshops plus the men at the pool who were released on temporary licence for the project.

This project also saw men at Guy’s Marsh learn new skills inside the prison. The arts classes enabled the learners to transform terracotta pots into mosaic works of art. The pool entrance is now welcoming and very colourful thanks to the Guy’s Marsh Arts class! The men thoroughly enjoyed this project and as a result the team are looking for ways to develop the art-based activity into items to sell at the prison.

The individuals were supported with practical work experience learnings which forms part of their coursework for NVQ qualifications delivered by Weston College.

Swimming pool users will find a bigger range of drinks, snacks and ice creams as well as a selection of swimming related items to buy.

There are 2 new Aquafit sessions, Sunday and Tuesday mornings from 9am until 10am so come along and join in the fun!

STC and Pool Manager Ryan look forward to welcoming our Shaftesbury residents and visitors to the pool and hope all the pool users enjoy then improved experience!