Help Fund The Film: United We Will Swim ... Again

Posted: 13th Oct. 2014 By Alex Wilde

Documentary film maker, Fran Higson has been filming and gathering footage of events, interviews and archive for the last 18 months in order to make a film that tells the ... Read More

Lets Talk About The Future

Posted: 8th Sept. 2014 By Alex Wilde

Ailie Rutherford will be joining the Baths as artist in residence from August – November 2014 as part of the centenary celebrations. As we mark our centenary, Ailie's residency will ... Read More

Celebrating Our Centenary

Posted: 1st Sept. 2014 By Govanhill Baths

A programme of activities and events from August 2014 to March 2015 celebrating 100 years of Govanhill Baths Archive, artist in residence, exhibitions, publication, theatre production, tours and much more. ... Read More

Archive Gets Started

Posted: 18th Aug. 2014 By Alex Wilde

We welcome Paula Larkin to the Trust to kick start the process of getting our archive set up. Paula, currently studying for an MSC in Information and Preservation Management at ... Read More

Olympic And Commonwealth Swimming Gold Medalists Visit The Baths.

Posted: 1st Aug. 2014 By Andrew Johnson

The Australian Ian Thorpe, five-time swimming Gold Medal Olympian and Roland Schoeman, Gold Medalist in Athens 2004, both with a bag full of Commonwelath Games Gold medals over the years, ... Read More

Govanhill Baths Centenary – Call For Archive Material And Memories

Posted: 17th July 2014 By Govanhill Baths

In 2014 Govanhill Baths is celebrating 100 years since the laying of the foundation stone of the building. To mark this centenary a rich and diverse programme of activities and ... Read More

Rags To Riches: Summer Upcyling Workshops At The Baths

Posted: 4th July 2014 By Govanhill Baths

Sign up to our August programme of upcycling workshops! Thursday 14th August, 6pm - 8pm Lampshades Make a unique lampshade with recycled materials. £25 Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August, ... Read More

Classes And Workshops At The Baths

Posted: 25th June 2014 By Govanhill Baths

Our highly succesful GOVANHILL GRUB cooking and nutrition sessions have started again, a great oppotunity to learn and to share skills. Each Wednesday the group come together to cook, eat ... Read More

Two Job Opportunities At The Baths

Posted: 18th June 2014 By Govanhill Baths

Two exciting job opportunities are currently available at GBCT. Details for the posts of Volunteer Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence can be found at Read More

Gbct Centenary Celebration Conference

Posted: 13th May 2014 By Andrew Johnson

HEALTH AND WELLBEING: POWER AND PARTICIPATION, RESISTANCE AND REGENERATION 16th JUNE 2014, 9.00 - 4pm This celebratory conference brings together eminent contributors to this area of work. They will bring ... Read More

Gbct Gets Big Lottery Fund Pass And Appoints The Princes Regeneration Trust As Project Manager

Posted: 29th March 2014 By Andrew Johnson

The Board of the Trust is delighted to announce that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded us a major development grant of £34k to take forward Phase 1 of our ... Read More

Gbart 2014

Posted: 28th Dec. 2013 By

Gbart want your artwork for our exhibition space. Govanhill Baths Art and Regeneration Team engage with artists from all backgrounds to deliver exhibitions, Art focused events and work with The ... Read More

Happy Christmas And A Properous New Year From Gbct

Posted: 20th Dec. 2013 By Govanhill Baths

The Baths will be closed for the holidays from today (Friday 20 December) we will re-open at 10am on Monday 6th January. We would like to thank all of our ... Read More

New Film About Govanhill Baths

Posted: 12th Nov. 2013 By Govanhill Baths

'A film is being made to commemorate and celebrate the soon-to-be 100 year anniversary of the opening of Govanhill Baths. The filmmakers are looking for old photos and especially old ... Read More

Re-Opening Of Toddler's/Learner's Pool

Posted: 8th Nov. 2013 By Andrew Johnson

After a new injection of funds from the Scottish Enterprise Fund and in an open competition, the Trust is delighted to announce the opening of the toddler's/learner's pool in January ... Read More

Gold Awards And A "Treisur" Poem By Artist In Residence

Posted: 20th Oct. 2013 By Andrew Johnson

Camcorder Guerilla held its 10 year anniversary party at the baths on 12th October, and along with awards to other community groups it presented two award plaques (in gold!) to ... Read More

New Job Opportunities At The Baths

Posted: 3rd Oct. 2013 By Govanhill Baths

Application Deadline: 16th Oct. 2013 Salary and benefits: £18ph About the position Rags to Riches have been successful in securing funding from the Scottish Government Peoples and Community Fund and ... Read More

Harry Giles, New Artist In Residence

Posted: 7th July 2013 By

After receiving many amazing applicants for the position of Artist in Residence we had the difficult process of picking only one to join the team here at Govanhill Baths. We ... Read More

Gbart Events In May

Posted: 22nd April 2013 By Govanhill Baths

So so so busy, we are proud to present.. Glasgow Girls 'Amaro Dzivipen' is an exhibition of photgraphy by the young people of Govanhill, this is on show till the ... Read More

This Is Not (A Craft) Fair

Posted: 5th Dec. 2012 By Govanhill Baths

STV report on our innovative event this weekend Read More

Big Lottery Funds More Baths Refurbishments

Posted: 22nd Aug. 2012 By Andrew Johnson

The Big Lottery Awards for All fund is supporting us once again in our next development venture. When the front suite of the baths was formally opened in February this ... Read More

Creative Events At The Baths In July

Posted: 5th July 2012 By Alex Wilde

A packed second half of the month at the Baths starts with our 'Words and Music' night on Friday 13th July with poets Stephen Watt, Fiona Lindsay, Andy Fleming, comedian ... Read More

Piñata Party And Ripple Effect - Saturday 23rd June 12 Noon Until 3pm 99 Calder Street.

Posted: 19th June 2012 By Andrew Johnson

REFUGEE WEEK AT THE BATHS As last year there will be a “giant” piñata presented in the main pool and children will be invited to take part in its traditional ... Read More

"Lifeguard" In The Toddlers!

Posted: 8th June 2012 By Andrew Johnson

UPDATE AND FURTHER DETAILS OF PRODUCTION LIFEGUARD Created and performed by Adrian Howells In collaboration with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Nick Millar, Nichola Scrutton and Jane Mason. Monday ... Read More

Water Back In The Pool At Last!

Posted: 23rd May 2012 By Andrew Johnson

Another magical milestone was overtaken at the baths this week when the the toddlers pool was "tested". Jean Adair, Board Member of GBCT, swimmer in the baths for over 60 ... Read More

A Weekend Of Film At The Baths

Posted: 17th May 2012 By Govanhill Baths

This weekend sees the Baths host two important film based events. On Saturday on Sunday from 10am-4pm we have the innovative We Are Northern Lights project delivered by Diversity films. ... Read More

New Baths Tourist Opportunity!

Posted: 10th April 2012 By Andrew Johnson

September 2011 Doors Open Days (September 18th/19th) saw the 6000th visitor to the baths over the four years we have been opening them to the public. 1076 people toured the ... Read More

Spoken Word And Music Nights At The Baths Start On 6th April

Posted: 23rd March 2012 By Andrew Johnson

Spoken Word and Music Nights at the baths start on 6th April Three exciting fun nights for your diary. The front suite of the baths will be transformed once again, ... Read More

Toddler's Pool To Be Re-Opened

Posted: 19th March 2012 By Tim Dyer

Legacy, Legacy Legacy! In October this year the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) in association with the Trust and the Arches ( will perform a celebratory and interactive community drama ... Read More

Spirits In The Baths?

Posted: 18th March 2012 By Andrew Johnson

They are back! After their huge “success” in locating spirits in the baths last December, Lanarkshire Paranormal are back in the baths on 31st March from 8pm until very early ... Read More

Movie Mogul And Entourage Storm Calder Street

Posted: 4th March 2012 By Andrew Johnson

For the second time in two weeks the Baths building at 99 Calder Street was packed to the gunnels. Deep-end, shallow end and front suite were buzzing with friends and ... Read More

Cast Offs Knitting And Crocheting Club

Posted: 1st March 2012 By Govanhill Baths

Fancy learning to knit or crochet? Why not come along to our new knitting and crocheting club "Cast Offs" Starting Monday 19th March and then every Monday 1-3pm Govanhill Baths ... Read More

Grand Gala, Special Screening And Live Show !

Posted: 9th Feb. 2012 By Govanhill Baths

Five Six Seven Eight! Grand Gala Special Screening & Live Show! in the Govanhill Baths Saturday 25th of February at 7.30pm Catch the movie & Dance with the stars! This ... Read More

250 Celebrate Launch Of The Baths By Peter Mullan

Posted: 6th Feb. 2012 By Govanhill Baths

With 250 people packed around the front of the baths on Saturday 4th February Peter Mullan accepted a “golden key” from an Edwardian clad swimmer on the front door steps, ... Read More

Peter Mullan To Launch Phase 1a Of Baths Wellbeing Centre

Posted: 27th Jan. 2012 By Andrew Johnson

On Saturday 4th February at 12-30pm, Actor and film director Peter Mullan whose recent film, War Horse, has just been nominated for best film in the Oscar awards, will be ... Read More

Gbart Call For Artists And Performers!

Posted: 20th Jan. 2012 By Govanhill Baths

GBART and the CCP are looking for artists, performers and images for upcoming projects. Please see below for all the information you need. CALL TO ARTISTS Govanhill Baths Community Trust ... Read More

The Campaign In Pictures - We Need Your Photographs!

Posted: 18th Jan. 2012 By Alex Wilde

Ten years of the campaign in pictures - we need your photographs! We are looking for photos of the Govanhill Baths campaign from the last ten years to form the ... Read More

Feet In The Door!

Posted: 19th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

The repair and refurbishment of the front suite of the baths has now been completed apart from a few technical details and we are just about ready to move our ... Read More

"Pool Of Memories" Film Launched At The Baths

Posted: 19th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

In the third of our December 2011 events in the baths we launched the film, “Pool of Memories” made by collaborating with the Arches over the last year or so. ... Read More

Citizens Theatre Brings A Govanhill Aladdin To The Baths

Posted: 14th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

A delighted 100 or so local school children packed into the baths last Friday afternoon to see the pantomime, Aladdin performed with a local twist in the deep end of ... Read More

Paranormal Presences At The Baths!

Posted: 13th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

This was the first event in our newly converted front suite of the baths and a wee group of Friends of the Baths joined the "search", toasting our "foot in ... Read More

First Artist In Residence For Refugee Day At The Baths 2012

Posted: 13th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

Tawona Sithole has been funded by the South East Arts Network to work with the Trust as our first ever Artist in Residence. Starting in the New Year he will ... Read More

Halloween - Graveyard Ghosts And Ghoulies

Posted: 13th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

In preparation for our own “real” paranormal search in the baths for happenings “on the other side” due on 3rd December, Friends of Govanhill Baths teamed up with our GBART ... Read More

Poolside Guardian Number 60 Published!

Posted: 16th Nov. 2011 By Tim Dyer

The Poolside Guardian goes from strength to strength. Polished by the superb editing and formatting skills of volunteer Kev Kiernan it has been winning many plaudits for its style and ... Read More

Spooky Events At Govanhill Baths!!

Posted: 10th Nov. 2011 By Govanhill Baths

HUNTING SPIRITS AT THE BATHS! BRAVE ENOUGH? Saturday 3rd December 9pm until 3am, tickets £25.00 including light refreshments Book now for this exciting first event at the renovated front suite ... Read More

Aladdin Has A Wash At The Baths

Posted: 10th Nov. 2011 By Govanhill Baths

A day of magical storytelling at Govanhill Baths! A joint project with GBCT/ CCP , Glasgow Life and the Citizen's Theatre :) There will be an afternoon matinee and an ... Read More

Workers Past And Present: Recent Appointments Make 9 Jobs At The Trust!

Posted: 21st Oct. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

We won't be asking our new workers to balance quite so precariously over the corner of the main pool as these Govanhill Baths workers from 80 years ago were asked ... Read More

Making A Splash - Baths Building Work Begins

Posted: 20th Oct. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

To the great excitement of all those involved in the Govanhill Baths Community Trust during the last 10 historic years, building and refurbishment work to the front suite of the ... Read More

Six Thousand Visitors To Doors Open Day!

Posted: 1st Oct. 2011 By Andrew Johnson

Once again the local community, the Glasgow public and people from much further afield (London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Derby, Sydney and Philadelphia! to name a few!) made there way to the ... Read More

Call For Artist In Residence At The Trust!

Posted: 29th Sept. 2011 By Govanhill Baths

The Trust received some excellent applications for this Artist in Residence funding and our Art and Regeneration Team eventually selected one to go forward on our behalf to the South ... Read More

Doors Open Day Saturday And Sunday 18/19 September.

Posted: 17th Sept. 2011 By John McCann

Welcome to the Baths for the ever-popular Doors open Day. Explore behind the scenes with a guided tour of the baths as they are now and learn how they will ... Read More

News Flash....Mighty Forces

Posted: 25th July 2011 By Tim Dyer

Debasers Filums reach donation target of £5,000 that ensures the production of the movie made at the baths on 9,10, 11th July. The donations also mean that money will roll ... Read More


Posted: 17th July 2011 By Andrew Johnson

“5, 6, 7, 8” Back to the Fifties and Back in the Baths! Hollywood, Bollywood and now Bathswood ! Generously responding to the call on their time some 40 local ... Read More

The Trust's Agm 2011 Preliminary Report

Posted: 11th July 2011 By Govanhill Baths

The Annual Report of the Trust was presented at the AGM held on 15th June at the Govanhill Housing Association. The Report GBCT annual report 2011 contained the activities of ... Read More

Debaser Filums Call For Extras!

Posted: 30th June 2011 By Govanhill Baths

As we have previously posted, the award winning Debaser Filums will be making a "parkour surf rock superpowered dance" short film on 8th, 9th and 10th July in Govanhill Baths. ... Read More

Local Stores And Volunteers Make Moving Stories A Great Success

Posted: 28th June 2011 By Andrew Johnson

What great success the Refugee Week, Moving Stories celebrations turned out to be! In the peace garden on the pavement and in the baths some 500 people gathered over the ... Read More

"5-6-7-8", Debaser Filum Project

Posted: 7th June 2011 By Govanhill Baths

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are delighted to have been chosen as the venue for the upcoming short film by Debaser Filums, "5-6-7-8" This innovative and award winning team of film ... Read More

Pool Filmshow Went Swimmingly

Posted: 18th May 2011 By John McCann

It was fantastic to be part of the inaugural Southside Film Festival. We had been thinking for a while about putting films on in the Baths and had done small ... Read More

From Struggle To Streetlands, Baths Mark Anniversary

Posted: 9th May 2011 By John McCann

GOVANHILL Baths helped to attract record numbers of festival-goers to this year’s Streetland community festival, bringing together people from all walks of life - and across the globe. The trust ... Read More

Govanhill Swimmers Return - The Gala

Posted: 29th March 2011 By Tim Dyer

Over 200 people surrounded the front of the baths in Calder Street on Saturday 26th March to greet the Govanhill Swimmers after their final exercise “tour” of Govanhill (see Note ... Read More

Art In The Pool!

Posted: 28th March 2011 By Andrew Johnson

Whilst difficult to imagine an art auction and exhibition in a closed Edwardian swimming pool, around 120 people made there way to Calder Street on the evening of 17th March ... Read More

'Emporium' Is Up And Running!

Posted: 21st March 2011 By Govanhill Baths

The doors of our new and greatly expanded GBCT Charity shop 'Emporium' at, 465 Victoria Road, were formally opened on Saturday the 22nd January at 12pm by the RSAMD 'Govanhill ... Read More

Top Artists Dive Into The Past To Save Historic Govanhill Pool

Posted: 14th March 2011 By Govanhill Baths

Our unique auction in a swimming pool, celebrating ten years to the day of the struggle to re-open the baths, launches 7pm, March 17th 7 -9pm, viewing Friday and Saturday ... Read More

Baths Art Auction- Call For Submissions

Posted: 26th Jan. 2011 By Govanhill Baths

The Baths Auction a Govanhill Baths charity event Thursday, March 17th - Saturday 19th, 2011 The Baths Auction is a three day charity even taking place inside the Govanhill Baths ... Read More

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Burns Nicht Ceilidh And Our New 'Emporium'

Posted: 21st Dec. 2010 By Govanhill Baths

Tickets will be available from the 5th January for our now legendary 'Burns Nicht Ceilidh', Saturday the 29th January 2011. We have been able to keep ticket prices at the ... Read More

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Look Out For The Govanhill Swimmers

Posted: 6th Dec. 2010 By Govanhill Baths

The Govanhill Swimmers are looking for somewhere to swim, unfortunately the only pool they can find is closed. For now they continue to train outside and hold their swim meets ... Read More

Doors Open Days 2010

Posted: 6th Oct. 2010 By Govanhill Baths

Govanhill Baths was opened to the public for the first time since closure in September 2008 for Doors Open Day. The massive queues and overwhelming public interest served as an ... Read More

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How Do Local People Feel About Govanhill? Our Community Asset Study Is Launched

Posted: 20th Sept. 2010 By Govanhill Baths

In the historic Steamie to the rear of the baths, on the evening of Friday 17th before Doors Open weekend there was the launch of the Trust’s Centre for Community ... Read More

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Running To Swim!

Posted: 6th Sept. 2010 By Govanhill Baths

Three members of the trust including two directors took to the streets of Glasgow for the 10K run to raise money for the trust. Over £500 was raised. Read More

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Sonic Soak

Posted: 6th Sept. 2010 By Govanhill Baths

The Art and Regeneration Team in association with 85A put on another highly acclaimed and successful event in the Baths. A two day festival of sound and music took place ... Read More

Refugee Week Event

Posted: 6th July 2010 By Alex Wilde

All Our Futures took place on Saturday 19th of June in the Peace Garden on Calder Street as part of Refugee Week. The free family friendly garden party ran between ... Read More

Streetland Success

Posted: 15th May 2010 By Alex Wilde

Thanks to the cooperation of artist, musicians, street vendors, filmmakers and the Govanhill community hundreds of people enjoyed a fun packed & informative weekend with up to 36 events & ... Read More

Burns Night With The Baths

Posted: 6th Feb. 2010 By Alex Wilde

We second Burns Night Ceilidh was again a brilliant event, packed to rafters with friends and supporters. In traditional style all 150 of us sat down to a meal of ... Read More

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Contents: Govanhill Baths gets Big Lottery Fund pass and Appoints the Princes Regeneration Trust Govanhill Baths gets Big Lottery Fund pass and Appoints the Princes Regeneration Trust The Board of the Trust is delighted to announce that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded a major development grant of £34k to take forward Phase 1 of our scheme to refurbish the baths. Big Lottery’s endorsement means there is now a fantastic future ahead for these historically-important and well loved Baths as we press ahead with the development of our wellbeing centre and that the building will not simply be lost through decay. This is our comprehensive response to the call by government, the local authority, many research studies and the local community for better individual and community health facilities in the area, (which GBCT has also identified through significant community consultation and research projects since 2008). Critical to this vision of a wellbeing centre is a holistic concept of community health involving restoration and regeneration for the wider Govanhill community. Through the project GBCT wants to achieve above all, community cohesion, growth of community assets, local economic growth and employment opportunities for local people, crime prevention, educational development, growth in the arts, physical fitness and recreation and crucially the return of swimming. We have appointed the Duke of Rothesay’s charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT), as project manager to oversee the work at the site and the development of an ambitious programme of community engagement activities. PRT has worked with community groups and the private sector to make important buildings successful community assets once more. Working with the Board of GBCT, its work will lead to the appointment of a design team and a full Business Plan. PRT has had over 15 years of experience in projects of this kind across the UK. The charity has worked with community groups and the private sector to make important buildings successful community assets once more. It is one of The Prince's Charities and has HRH The Prince of Wales as its President. There are 20 charities in the group, which is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the UK. It is a separate charity from The Prince’s Trust. PRT supports and strengthens communities by rescuing and reusing important British buildings at risk of being lost forever through demolition or decay. Its priority is to work in areas of deprivation; places which will benefit most from the regeneration and economic growth we deliver. The Chief Executive of PRT, Ros Kerslake says: ‘Govanhill Baths is an important local asset, which for more than 10 years has held huge untapped potential. We’re so pleased that it has received the recognition and support it deserves as an important local asset through this Big Lottery grant and round one pass. We’re delighted to be working with Govanhill Baths Community Trust to see this building and the facilities have real significance once again for the local area and become a catalyst for economic and social change.’ TODDLER’S TRAINING POOL TO RE-OPEN: CAN YOU HELP? We are delighted to announce that the toddler and training pool will be opening very shortly to the public thanks to new funding from the Scottish Enterprise Fund reported in January. It is a fitting that this should be in the centenary year —the building’s foundation stone was laid in 1914 and the baths opened in 1917. The pool will be used to teach both children and adults how to swim but will also be utilised for social events and individual use, as well as being a place to receive hydrotherapy for people with health and mobility problems. Details of the formal launch and general opening times will be announced shortly. In fact we opened the pool a few weeks ago and several sessions were held but the torrential rains caused leakages in the roof of the pool which have had to be repaired which has have caused the temporary closure It has taken 12 years to see one pool reopened. Few people believed this would ever happen, and fewer still would believe that we could progress to opening the other pools in our three-phase plan. There could not be a better start to the centenary celebrations. We urgently need volunteers to help run this facility. Can you help? We need people with lifesaver qualifications, the ability to teach swimming and experience with hydrotherapy. We’re also seeking folk who can do the front desk or help clean the pool and manage the overall operation. Contact our admin at info@ if you think you can help. FUNDING SECURED Phase one of the project began in January 2012 when we reopened the building—over the past five years Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) has been awarded £400,000-worth of grants from a range of sources to develop what is now the Wellbeing Centre. A total of £1.4 million has been secured from the Big Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland (subject to completion of technical submissions) to develop the first phase of the project which has been costed at £3.1 million. With an initial advance of £34K from Big Lottery we have now appointed the Princes Trust as Project Manager for Phase 1. They will assemble a team of professionals to work with the GBCT board appointing a design team, preparing a final business plan and continue the work to assemble the “balance” required to complete Phase 1. More funding applications are on their way to sportscotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and others. The Wellbeing Centre will build and grow as a social enterprise in accordance with our Mission statement to “reopen the baths and contribute to the social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community on the southside of Glasgow”. FRONT SUITE The front suite provides space for community meetings, seminars, conferences, musical activities and art, including exhibitions. A legal advice office has also been established and is open to the local public free of charge, focusing on the welfare system. This is funded by Glasgow City Council and operated by Castlemilk Law Centre. After working with Govanhill Baths Art and Regeneration Team (GBart), the celebrated Strathclyde Theatre Group (STG ) has moved into the steamie area of the baths and is developing a base for the growth of theatre and acting skills for the community, especially young people, and local schools. The main pool is currently being used as a theatre space where major productions are being performed, with others planned for the near future, including celebrated play The Steamie by Tony Roper, a new and original play written for the centenary, The Battle of Calder Street and excitingly the Royal Shakespeare Company will be at the baths for several weeks in May/June developing in association wit STG a production of Hamlet. STG is a travelling theatre performing in venues across Scotland and is a rich addition to our services. GBart Local artists organise under the GBart banner (Govanhill Baths Art and Regeneration Team) a range of activities, including monthly exhibitions in the foyer and events in the main pool. Funding was secured from September to December last to employ an artist-in-residence who specialised in the written word. His poetry and writings have been published in a small booklet available at the baths. JOBS AND ACTIVITIES The trust has three full-time workers and three sessional workers on its books. Recently we have appointed two Interns with government and charitable funding. They will work for up to 6 months with us. One is on a graduate scheme conducting an equality project researching and recruiting members of the local BME community to the Trust’s volunteer and Friends groups. We also enjoy the support of between 30/40 volunteers overall including those who run our Emporium charity shop, They all help to ensure our plans to re-open the pool as a Wellbeing Centre are successful. THREE-PHASE PLAN Phase one (2014-15) includes the opening and refurbishment of the front suite and the opening of the ladies and toddler pools, an arts/upcycling suite, gardening space, a Turkish suite and sauna, a gymnasium and healthy eating café lPhase two (2015-16) will see the steamie area transformed into a space for community activity and events Phase three (2016-18) sees the main pool reopened and completion of the overall plan activities run smoothly and efficiently. Meetings of the Friends of Govanhill Baths have taken place every fortnight since the building was closed in 2001, supporting the board of the trust by offering ideas and suggestions, as well as volunteering. The front suite of the baths has a community kitchen, a large foyer and three working rooms. It is a vibrant, energetic base for a range of community groups and activities. It is used five or six days a week, plus on the occasional Sunday. Since September last year, some 40 different local, national, private, council and third-sector organisations have used the facilities at the baths. The main pool has been used for Film-making, photography, art auctions, exhibitions including the Royal College of Surgeon’s two-month Human Race show, a pantomime by Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and much else besides. National Theatre of Scotland refurbished the toddler and training pool to put on a six-week production of Lifeguard, an original work, in September and October last year, which enjoyed critical acclaim in the media in both Scotland and around the UK. Scottish Opera has provided “pop-up” sessions for local schools and the community, while the premises have also been hired out by Quick Beam, Theatre Nemo, GRAND , Sub Club, Migrant Voice, National Childbirth Trust, Scottish Alzheimer’s Society and many others including Camcorder Guerrillas which recently gave Gold Awards to GBCT and Rags to Riches for their contributions to the community and the successful struggle to keep the baths open. STG has presented two major productions in the newly (but temporarily) converted main pool “theatre” and has plans for more in 2014 including Tony Roper’s The Steamie. Other plays follow next year and STG is now organising theatre workshops in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company towards a production of Hamlet in the main pool!. 18 art and photography shows have been put on in the main foyer in the last year while exhibitions for the rest of 2014 are also in the pipeline. What’s more, the main pool will be a venue for one of the exhibits for the Glasgow International Arts Festival from April 4th to 21st 2014. The pool building also takes part in Doors Open Day, welcoming a total of 7,000 people over the past six years for tours of the baths by GBCT volunteers. It will do so this year with a theme of Glasgow Ancestors and the Edwardians. Two years-worth of money from the People’s Community Fund provides for a full-time And three sessional workers worker in our Upcycling Centre which form the basis of our planned “create” space in the baths. So, as you can see, we have a lot going on. GBCT campaigns to preserve and conserve, for public benefit, Govanhill Baths and to redevelop and reopen the Edwardian-era swimming pool and wash house. The refurbished building is reopening as a Wellbeing Centre which aims to support the local community in many more ways than physical health. The trust also promotes holistic regeneration through community education and research. GOVANHILL BATHS UPDATE 99 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7RA l 0141 433 2999 l Govanhill Baths Community Trust is sponsored by NORD Architecture Andrew Johnson Chair of Govanhill Baths Community Trust UNITED WE ARE SWIMMING

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