The latest annual report from Leisure & Culture Dundee shows another positive year of growth and development for the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). The SCIO operates Leisure, Sports, Cultural and Library Services, on behalf of Dundee City Council and saw over 3.1 million visits to facilities across the City in the financial year 2017–18.
2017 also saw the 150th Anniversary of the opening of The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum which provided a remarkable year of celebration. Attendance figures there are up 5% at 158,117, with an overall increase to cultural venues of 1.4%. This builds on an increase of 15% the previous year.
At Leisure & Sport facilities attendances increased again with a total footfall of 1,734,456 and three venues seeing their highest ever attendances. Olympia peaking at 475,989, McTaggart Centre achieving 113,425 and DISC seeing 211,969 visits. Over 700 Santas also took part in the first ever charity Santa Dash with £5,500 donated to The ARCHIE Foundation.
Leisure & Cuture Dundee also continues to develop and forge new partnership working opportunities. Among developments is a new Cancer Information and Support Service for people living with cancer and their families in Dundee opened in Central Library. The new service, which is a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, is available for anyone affected by cancer, including the person with a cancer diagnosis, family, friends and carers. Looking forward, the report notes that Dundee Partnership have extended the funding provided to Leisure and Culture Dundee to enable us to coordinate and manage the UNESCO City of Design designation for a further three years.
Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said:
“These continued excellent performances across the full range of services and facilities comes down to the commitment of our staff and volunteers who support the delivery of services, and who take a huge personal pride in the quality of the service they provide. I want to put on record my thanks to each and every one of them. We continue to develop and to deliver for the citizens and visitors to Dundee, high quality, affordable leisure and culture experiences.”
The Leisure & Culture Dundee Annual Report 2017/18 is online and available for viewing/downloading:
The Report can also be accessed at the 14 Public Libraries across Dundee…