Govanhill Baths Community Trust today launch a fundraising campaign to raise the last million to refurbish the Baths. Costing more than £6million in total, the modern sports, wellbeing and cultural centre will transform lives if the building can be saved.
The Trust is asking for people to pledge to buy a community share, and invest in the future of the building. Pledging is a simple online form, and your share need not be paid until the Trust has met the fundraising target later this year. Pledges can be anywhere from £100 to £100,000, and can be paid by direct debit over two years. By becoming a shareholder, you become a part of the building’s legacy, taking part in decisions around the preservation of the building, and ensuring its future in the community’s hands.
As one of the most iconic community empowerment stories in Scotland’s history, this fundraiser marks a historic moment – make or break time for Govanhill Baths.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
What is it?
After 16 years of determination, we are so close to saving this unique piece of Glasgow’s heritage and reopening Govanhill Baths as the swimming and wellbeing centre our community needs. Refurbishment will cost over £6million, and we only have around £1million left to raise—if we pool together, we will make this happen! Secure your spot in the Community Shares programme and pledge today—you won’t have to pay anything until March.
What are Community Shares?
Community Shares are a way for communities to fund and run large projects together. If many people donate what they can, we can afford the refurbishment. Each donor will hold one share, and will be able to participate in shaping the future of Govanhill Baths. A community share cannot be sold to someone else, but can be withdrawn after a few years of investment. Crucially, they are not money-making projects: this is a long-term investment where the main profit is for the community itself. To find out more, watch this short video from Community Shares Scotland.
What do I have to do?
Pledging is simple! Either complete the online questionnaire or visit us at the Baths to fill out a paper flyer with how much you want to pledge. Pledges can be anything from £100 to £100,000, and can be paid on a monthly subscription over a year or two. That’s less than £5 a month for two years to be a shareholder of Govanhill Baths! Shares above £500 will be subject to tax relief, allowing you to save money while donating to your local community!
What do I get?
For every pledge, you will secure your spot in the community shares programme. When we reach our fundraising target, you will then be prompted to begin a payment schedule and will receive your own share certificate. Your promise to become a shareholder will allow us to save this vital resource from dilapidation for future generations to come, and put the power back into the community’s hands.