PROGRESS ON POOL REOPENING
Swimming pools are opening across the area on a phased approach and in line with government and industry guidance. Every pool has to have stringent Health and Safety measures in place to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. This means that pools are operating very differently to the way they were before. This includes reduced sessions per day, significantly reduced numbers per session and increased staffing to cover the enhanced cleaning procedures.
The Puffin Pool Board and Staff are keen to open the pool as soon as it is safe to do so. We have to take account of the health conditions of our clients. We cannot envisage services reopening as they were and we will no doubt hvae to limit numbers. We are currently exploring ways to make it economically viable to open our doors again to our customers. We will keep you all updated as we progress and we hope to welcome you all back in the near future.
DONATIONS TO OUR CHARITY SHOP
We are pleased to announce that we are going to start accepting donations to our charity shop. This will be phased in over the next few weeks. We are delighted to receive your donations but to help our staff process these safely, please only bring donations as specified below.
From Monday 14 September, bric-à-brac can be left on any day when the shop is open.
From 14 & 15 September, books & small electrical goods can be received on Mondays & Tuesdays
And from 21 & 22 September, clothing, household goods & accessories will also be welcome on Mondays & Tuesdays.
Thank you so much for your support. Susan, our shop manager and our fantastic team of volunteers look forward to seeing you in the shop soon.
ANNUAL AGM 10 SEPTEMBER 2020
Our annual AGM this year cannot be held in the usual way due to the Covid-19 pandemic regulations. Instead it will take place online using Zoom. It will be held at 7.15pm on 10th September. Everyone is welcome to join us. Anyone wishing to attend please contact our Secretary, Linda Kirkland on 07999584955.
COVID-19 UPDATE - CHARITY SHOP REOPENING on 17th AUGUST 2020
We are delighted to announce that our Charity Shop will be reopening on Monday 17th August and the photo below shows that we are well into our preparations to create a safe environment for our staff and customers.
We are also pleased to reveal an exciting new development. We will accept donations of small electrical goods in working order, giving you an additional reason to come and visit us. A volunteer has come forward who is qualified to PAT Test (Portable Appliance Test) electrical goods to ensure they are safe for use. Due to the limited size of the shop only small items can be accepted such as lamps, irons, kettles and hair dryers/straighteners.
The opening hours will be 10 am - 3.30 pm from Monday to Friday.
For full details of the reopening please see our Shop page.
COVID-19 - UPDATE FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR.
Dear Puffin Pool Users,
I am very aware that it is now 8 weeks since the Puffin Pool had to close its doors because of Covid 19.
I know that those with stiff painful joints and other conditions will be desperately missing the ability to exercise in warm water.
The staff are furloughed, but a skeleton staff are checking on the pool at regular intervals, to ensure all is well, while we wait for permission to open up again.
As soon as it is safe to do so Highlife Highland will advise us, but in the meantime, please stay warm, stay safe and I hope to see you back at the pool as soon as we possibly can.
With Kind Regards
Chairman Puffin Pool Board
17th May 2020
POOL CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19
We are sorry to have had to make the decision that with effect from 5pm on 20th March 2020, the pool will be closed until further notice. We will update all our clients and users with any information regarding the pool's reopening as soon as this is possible. All clients spaces in our sessions will be kept and unaffected, when we are eventually able to reopen.
We have also had to close our charity shop. Can we please ask that NO DONATIONS are left outside the shop. The shop will have no staff or volunteers on site and any donations left outside will be removed and we will get no benefit from them.
As you can appreciate, this is a very difficult time for all of us and we ask for patience and understanding while we and the community work through this period of uncertainty.
Puffin Pool Board
19 March 2020
POOL RE-OPENING 29TH FEBRUARY 2020
I can confirm that the repairs to the roof damage have been completed today and the pool will be open from tomorrow 29th February as usual. Thank you for your patience while we sorted this out.
CHRISTMAS CLOSURE REMINDER 🎅🎄
This year the pool will be closed on Tuesday the 24th of December and will re-open as normal on Saturday the 4th of January.
Good news! Due to the success of our fundraising efforts we are now able to install our new heating system with work starting on Monday the 30th of September. Due to this work being carried out the pool will be closed from Monday the 30th of September till Friday the 4th of October, inclusive.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Increase in session charges for Puffin Pool Users.
At its meeting on 20th June 2019, the Puffin Pool Board agreed to increase individual session charges from £3.50 to £4, effective from 1st August 2019. The additional income that this should generate is required to ensure that we meet the day-to-day running costs of the pool, and is based on the assumption that we will continue to receive our grants from both NHS Highland and Highland Council. The charges for group sessions will be reviewed at the next Board meeting in September.
WELL DONE TO OUR AMAZING STAFF
Issued on 12th June 2019
A massive THANK YOU
Taking into account both the money that has been received and funds pledged to the Puffin Pool, the Puffin Pool Board is delighted to announce that the fundraising target of £60,000 has been achieved. The Board would like to express their gratitude to pool users and supporters throughout the community for their generosity. Planning for the new plant to be installed will now begin, hopefully with minimal disruption for pool users.
Once again thank you for your support and although we have reached this target and can replace the plant soon, we always require fundraising to keep the pool running so please continue to support us.
Chairperson Puffin Hydrotherapy Pool Board