BE­HIND THE SCENES

The Oban Times - - News - AGM

At­lantis’s AGM on March 13 heard that, af­ter a few tough years, 2015-16 saw us able to be­gin build­ing our free re­serves back up. As At­lantis is a so­cial en­ter­prise run for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity (rather than share­hold­ers), all sur­plus is held to rein­vest when it is needed.

As th­ese re­ports show, there’s al­ways some­thing needs do­ing in the build­ing, and a ‘rainy day fund’ en­sures the cen­tre can stay open even when un­ex­pected costs come along.

The AGM also saw Andy Newiss of RA Cle­ment step down as our fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor af­ter 13 years’ hard work as a vol­un­teer for the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Thanks for all your hard work, Andy.

Light­ing, hot wa­ter and more

Since the last Be­hind the Scenes (BtS) re­port, Re­source Ef­fi­cient Scot­land has vis­ited At­lantis and have iden­ti­fied sev­eral en­ergy-sav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties around the cen­tre.

In par­tic­u­lar, LED light­ing would im­me­di­ately be­gin sav­ing us money. Un­for­tu­nately, LED light­ing is quite ex­pen­sive so we will need to con­sider how best to fund this. We hope to have the fi­nal re­port by the next BtS re­port, and it would be great to think that soon af­ter that we would have a brighter, lighter (and cheaper to run) cen­tre.

Fundrais­ing

As this month’s re­port shows, fundrais­ing is some­thing At­lantis has to do on an on­go­ing ba­sis. We have got a num­ber of ideas that will be re­quir­ing some sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing and we will be work­ing on th­ese over the next few months. Watch this space.

Park­ing

We have been able to cre­ate a way that we think we can pro­tect park­ing for cus­tomers when the coun­cil start mak­ing the main car park at At­lantis pay and dis­play. We’ll re­lease a spe­cial BtS re­port on this within the next few weeks.

Just com­pleted

The fol­low­ing items have been com­pleted in the past few weeks:

■ An up­date on toi­let fa­cilites from last month – you may have no­ticed the new hand dryer in the cafe toi­lets. We are test­ing this to en­sure it is a suit­able hand dryer for other ar­eas in the cen­tre. This is the first tiny step to­wards im­prov­ing our fa­cil­i­ties, and there are plenty more to come as we de­ter­mine how much fi­nan­cial sup­port we can at­tract to help us do so.

■ The two cu­bi­cle show­ers in the wet side chang­ing rooms have been im­proved with new tiled floors mak­ing them more ac­ces­si­ble than the old raised shower trays.

■ The dry side dis­abled chang­ing room was re­fur­bished with a new floor and LED light­ing as the floor had de­graded to a point where the room was un­us­able.

■ Staff train­ing: Jade McEwan passed her Body At­tack qual­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­becca qual­i­fied to train Body Bal­ance, so watch out for th­ese newly minted train­ers in your classes.

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