Current situation

UPDATE REPORT FROM CHAIRPERSON

9th Nov. 13

UPDATE REPORT BY CHAIRPERSON NOVEMBER 2013

WELLBEING CENTRE AND CENTRE OR COMMUNITY PRACTICE

STOP PRESS

New funding from the Scottish Enterprise Fund (Community Facilities) will ensure the toddler’s/training pool will open inJanuary 2014. A fitting start for our 2014 centenary year. Watch this space for details and formal launch

THE CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY PRACTICE

Baths Building and Usage

Phase 1 of the Project is now well underway after the re-opening of the building in January 2012. In the past 5 years the Trust has won a total of some £400K in grants from a range of sources to develop the Centre and keep running, all of which has allowed the progress described here and above to be made.

Some £1.4M is now assured from Big Lottery and Historic Scotland (subject to completion of some technical submissions) for the capital development of Phase 1 of the project which has been costed at £3.1M. Currently we are currently in the process, with Big lottery Funding, of appointing this Project Manager who will assemble a team of professionals to work with the GBCT Board to deliver Phase 1 in the first instance, including the further develop of our funding campaign. Further funding applications are intended to Sportscotland and Big Lottery Heritage Fund and others. The Centre intends to build and grow as a social enterprise in the context of our Mission statement, which is to;

Reopen the baths and contribute to the social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community on the Southside of Glasgow.

What have done recently and current activities

The Front Suite provides spaces for community activities such as meetings, seminars, conferences, art and musical activities including exhibitions (see below). A legal office is now open to the local public free of charge focusing on welfare issues (funded by Glasgow City Council and operated by the Castlemilk Law Centre). After collaborative work with our Art and Regeneration Team (GBART) the celebrated Strathclyde Theatre Group (STG) has recently moved into the Steamie area of the baths and is developing a community base for the growth of theatre/acting skills for the local community with particular regard to youth and engagement with schools. The main pool has been temporarily adapted as theatre space where one major production has been completed and a number of others are planned for the near future. STG is a travelling theatre and performs in various venues across Scotland. It is a rich addition to our services.

GBART is a team of local artists that organises and delivers a range of art activities including the procurement of monthly exhibitions in the front foyer and elsewhere in the baths building. Recently funding was achieved to appoint an artist in residence who specialises in the written word.

Jobs and Events

Jobs at the Trust are currently provided for 3 full-time, 3 pat time and 3 sessioanl workers. Some 30-40 regular/core volunteers, including those who run our Charity Shop, the “Emporium” .There is a fortnightly meeting of the “Friends of Govanhill Baths’ that has met every two weeks since the closure of the baths in 2001 and supports the Board by offering ideas and suggestions as well as voluntary work at all Trust activities.

The Front Suite of the baths, which includes a community kitchen, a large entrance foyer and three further working rooms, is now a vibrant and energetic base for a wide range of community groups and activities. They in active use 5/6 days per week and sometimes Sundays. Since September 2012, 27 different local, national private, local authority and third sector organisations have used/rented these facilities. The main pool has been used by a wide range of groups for film making, photography, an art auction, exhibitions (Including the Royal College of Surgeon’s 2 month long “Human Race Exhibition”), and a pantomime by the Citizens Theatre of Glasgow and much else besides. The National Theatre of Scotland refurbished and used the toddler’s pool for a major 6-week production of an original work, “Lifeguard” in September/October 2012 which received major acclaim across the UK and Scottish media. The refurbishment leaves this pool almost ready for full usage and further undng from te Scottish Enterprise Fund (Community Facilities) will ensure that pool will open in January 2014 in we are working to ensure this happens in the near future. STG has recently presented its first major production in the newly converted (temporarily) main pool “theatre”, plans another in September with the production of the celebrated play “The Steamie”, in the steamie in spring 2014. Some 10 art Exhibitions have been mounted in the main foyer Exhibition area in the last year and Exhibitions for the rest of this year are confirmed.

The baths was open again for Doors Open Day on September 21st and 22nd 2013. In the five years we have organised this event some 7,000 people have visited and toured the baths.

Upcycling project

Funding by the People’s Community Fund (Scottish Government) for an Upcycling Centre provides for a full-time and sessional workers for two years and the conversion of space in the baths for a work and development area for the Centre and for or Rags to Riches programme. Up and running and providing skill courses in the community it is already a huge success. http://www.govanhillbaths.com/charityshop/ragstoriches

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