All in the Connection - Hilsea Lido SOS

Steve Randall, Business Connector for Portsmouth seconded by Sainsbury's, has been building partnerships between the public, private and voluntary sectors since the start of his secondment in April 2013. During Responsible Business Week he is set to embark on his biggest project to date: 'Hilsea Lido SOS'.

We caught up with Steve to hear more about this project, and why he thinks local businesses should get involved.

How did you initially connect?

I was introduced to Hilsea Lido through the team at Community Action Portsmouth (CAP) following our Seeing is Believing visit in the city.  CAP provide a variety of support service services to the voluntary sector across Portsmouth and it's been great working with them to identify groups who could benefit from the skills and resources amongst local employers.

What's this project about?

Built in 1935, Hilsea Lido is an iconic site located at one of the main entrance points to the city. During its heyday the Lido drew thousands of visitors a year and for many years was a key leisure facility for residents living in the north of the city. Portsmouth faces a number of key challenges with a number of neighbourhoods falling within the most deprived nationally. The Lido site is easily accessible for young people and their families and therefore its reopening will play a vital part in the regeneration of this part of the city. 

Business Connector Steve Randall with HLPP staff Sabrina Richards and Helen Downing-EmmsWhat are you looking for from local businesses?

This is an exciting opportunity for businesses across Portsmouth and the surrounding area to work collaboratively, sharing their skills and resources to ensure a key community asset has a long term future. From installing a shower head in the changing rooms to supplying new signage there's something for everyone to get involved with. The trust group (Hilsea Lido Pool for the People or HLPP) has a great vision and level of enthusiasm for the project however being a voluntary group has very little funding for these works.

What difference will this make?

For a voluntary organisation like HLPP, the time and resources invested by local businesses are invaluable in making dreams become reality. Sabrina, Helen and the team at HLPP work tirelessly to move this project forward and I can't wait to see it open in the summer. A large multinational corporate may wish to support as part of their broader employee engagement programme, or a local sole trader may just want to make a difference. No matter what size your business is, we are keen to hear from you.

How can businesses get involved?

Businesses interested in getting involved can find out more about the variety of tasks available by contacting me by email or on 07900 702521.  I would encourage all local businesses to get in touch and discuss how they can get involved.

Find out more about Business Connectors, about Responsible Business Week, or about Hilsea Lido Pool for the People.

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