On National Poetry Day 2017, we are delighted that Jim Carruth, Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, has composed a poem for Govanhill Baths.


Cast into the Pool at Babel
(for Govanhill Baths)

Like silent eternity at the bottom,
senses numb, depth pressing you against
all that rubble from the ruined tower.

Some above would love to see you drown.
What judgement has been brought here-
a common voice is not sickness but strength

so you who have long held your breath
push yourself back up towards the light,
join a shoal of other shadows rising up

till you break the surface, gasping for breath,
surrounded by a bobbing cacophony of words.
Come find your tongue – join the chorus.

Govanhill Baths Community Share Offer 2017


After 17 years of determined campaigning, the people of Govanhill are about the build the next era in the history of their beloved Edwardian bathhouse and pools.  Because of the solidarity and unyielding commitment of local people the project has almost reached the £6.4M target needed for the new Wellbeing Centre.

There is just £300k left to raise- if we pool together we can reach our goal!

We want you to get involved by investing in the Community Shares programme and returning Govanhill Baths to cooperative community ownership.  As a shareholder you will have a say and vote in the operation and running of the new Wellbeing Centre.  Community Shares cannot be sold but can be withdrawn, along with 3% interest earned on your investment.

For full details on how to get involved visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Govanhill-Baths

Trust receptionist: JOB DESCRIPTION

Applications close 8th October
Interviews 16th October
Job to begin on the 23rd October

Location: Govanhill Baths 99, Calder Street Glasgow, G42 7RA
Reports to: Trust Manager
Hours: 10.30am – 5.30pm Mon-Fri
Salary: £8.45 an hour, plus pension. Conditions according to GBCT standard contract.

Role and Responsibilities: The GBCT Receptionist is responsible for handling reception and administration duties, answering phones, handling inquiries, handling cash payments, enrolling participants in courses and provide general office support with a variety of clerical activities and related tasks

• Greet and welcome guests as soon as they arrive at the office
• Direct visitors to the appropriate person
• Answer, screen and forward incoming phone calls
• Ensure reception area is tidy and presentable, with all necessary stationery and material
• Provide basic and accurate information in-person and via phone/email
• Receive, sort and distribute daily mail/deliveries
• Maintain security by following safety procedures and controlling access via the reception desk
• Enrol people into various classes and workshops
• Order office supplies and keep inventory of stock
• Update calendars and schedule room booking and events
• Take room bookings and deal with cash payments and invoicing

• Liaise with GBCT book keeper as necessary and understand financial processes and procedures
• Liaise with the Trust Manager on operational and financial management
• Handle cash payments from clients and customers

• Administer the Trust’s contact databases, the collection of membership fees and liaise with the Trust’s Web Manager as necessary
• Organise regular mail-outs (hard copy and electronic) and distribute Trust’s monthly e-newsletter and marketing materials
Such other duties as required

Health & Safety Legislation, GBCT Policies, the Equality and Employment Acts
• Understand the Trust’s policies in relation to all of the Trust’s work.
• As directed by the Trust Manager, be responsible for the administration of relevant training in these areas
• Ensure the delivery of a safe, healthy, and clean working environment that is conducive to the wellbeing of Trust employees, visitors and volunteers.

• Understand all legal business entered into by the Trust and any other third party whilst maintaining an awareness of the Trust’s ongoing legal responsibilities
• Understand how the Trust operates in line with developments in legislation relevant to its work, e.g. in relation to the Employment Act and the Equality Act (See above also)

• Be responsible for keeping the front foyer, front steps, all front windows and community kitchen area clean, tidy and well presented on all occasions and understand health and safety regulations
• Oversee security and responsibility for key distribution as directed
• Assist in organising the necessary maintenance of the office

Person Specification

Essential Requirements:

The post holder will need to possess:
• Proven work experience as a Receptionist or similar role
• Qualifications to Standard and or Higher Grade English (or equivalents) and some experience of working in an office or similar environment including basic minimum typing skills or close by
• An organised and disciplined approach to work
• IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Databases, the Internet and telephone
• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including ability to relate to colleagues and the public and adhere to related professional codes (e.g. dress codes ,use of appropriate language, respect for and courtesy towards other employees and volunteers at all times )
• The ability to work occasional flexible hours
• The ability to work on own initiative.
• The ability to work under pressure, prioritise workloads meet deadlines
• A recognisable commitment to self-development (which will be supported by training courses by the Trust as appropriate and requested)
• A positive attitude towards and knowledge about the work of the Trust and a commitment to issues of equality and fairness
• Professional attitude and appearance
• Solid written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to be resourceful and proactive when issues arise
• Excellent organisational skills
• Multitasking and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks

Other desirable skills:
• Knowledge of and experience in working in the the Voluntary/Third Sector
• Experience of event coordination and campaign working
• An understanding of the roles of the various statutory agencies and voluntary organisations within Glasgow, particularly in the Southside of Glasgow
• Any specific skills relevant to the campaigning and/or developmental work of the Trust
• Working knowledge/proficiency in a local community language other than English

to discuss or for further information call Jim Monaghan, Trust Administrator 0141 433 2999
To apply email a CV and covering letter to Fatima Uygun, Trust Manager info@govanhillbaths.com

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are delighted to confirm that Tom Urie will be joining us at this year’s Poetry Splash to provide the music on the night.  Fresh from his incredible performance of Nessun Dorma at Last Night of the Proms, Tom will join poets Jim Ferguson, Victoria McNulty, Leyla Josephine and Calum Rodger for the sixth annual ‘splash’. Tom took part in the second splash in 2013 with Liz Lochhead, Rab Wilson and Harry Giles.

Tickets are limited for the 29th September event, with a capacity of just 40 in the foyer, you can book yours at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3079742


A conference this week (Wednesday 23 August) starts the last lap of our centenary celebrations.  The conference will kick off 3 weeks of events culminating in tours of the building on Doors Open Day (Saturday 16 September).

Public Health and the Built Environment is a one-off event looking at the importance of municipal swimming baths & wash houses: their impact on public health and amateur swimming in Scotland; their architectural importance and what all this means today as Govanhill Baths is redeveloped into a community led Health and Wellbeing Centre.   The conference is FREE but ticketed,  and is supported with a Heritage Grant from Glasgow City Heritage Trust Full programme and ticket details are here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-health-the-built-environment-tickets-36547181604?aff=eac2

The exhibition Glasgow and Govanhill 1917 is a photographic exhibition and film, with relevant books to browse in the foyer at the Baths.  Alongside that is the return of From Before the Bikini to the Burkini – an exhibition of swimming costumes from each decade since the Opening of Govanhill Baths, the costumes are designed and made by Gabbi Cullen and arranged by Amelia Rowe.  Both exhibitions will run until Doors Open Day, Saturday 16 September.

On Doors Open Day there will be arranged tour of the Baths building, probably the last chance to see it in its current state before major refurbishment next year.  The tours are every half hour from 12.30 till 4pm and are limited to 20 people at a time, so booking is required.  To book a FREE space on the tour, email Jim on info@govanhillbaths.com

The first Govanhill International Carnival will take to the streets on Saturday 26 August, leaving Govanhill Park at 1pm and parading to Queens Park Arena for a day of music and fun from 2pm onwards.  Over 30 groups, from trade unions and community groups, to schools and football teams, will celebrate Govanhill, Scotland’s most culturally and ethnically diverse community.

The parade will be led by renowned piper and political activist Craig “Haggis” MacFarlane and we will be joined by brass band Brass Aye!, St Francis Pipe Band from Gorbals, The Rags to Riches Trash Orchestra, and local Roma stars E Karika Djal.  The music will continue at the park where all of these bands will perform along with Big Noise Orchestra and Unite! Fight! Sing! Choir and Romane Cierhenia traditional Gypsy dancers from Poland.

If you or your group want to join in, email Anna carnival@govanhillbaths.com for details.  If you are individual who wants to take part join us at 1pm and march with us, all we ask is that you dress up, make a lot of noise, and smile!

First Minister of Scotland and local MSP Nicola Sturgeon, who will open the Carnival, said:

“I am delighted to be invited to launch the first ever Govanhill International Carnival. Govanhill is such a uniquely diverse part of Glasgow and the carnival will be a great opportunity to celebrate this diversity. I have no doubt that the hard work put in by local groups will make the event a success and I look forward to the Carnival becoming an annual fixture in the Govanhill calendar.”

Govanhill Baths Community Trust want to build this into an annual international event to rival any Carnival and Parade anywhere, a “Scottish Nottinghill”.   Join us.

As part of our centenary celebrations this conference will look at the importance of municipal swimming baths & wash houses: their impact on public health and amateur swimming in Scotland; their architectural importance and what all this means today as Govanhill Baths is redeveloped into a community led Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The conference is supported with a Heritage Grant from Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

Public Health and the Built Environment Conference


10.00 Registration and refreshments

10.20 Introduction & Welcome
Niall Murphy (Govanhill Baths Community Trust & Glasgow City Heritage Trust)

10.35 Govanhill, Glasgow in the 1910’s – 1920’s
Fiona Hayes and Isobel McDonald (Glasgow Museums)

11.05 Glasgow’s Public health in the time of War
Simon Walker (Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, University of Strathclyde)

11.35 Q&A

11.45 Refreshment break

12.00 Scottish baths 1868-1914 : and their conservation
Douglas Campbell (Aberdeen City Heritage Trust)

12.30 Sharing Memories of Baths and Wash Houses
Carl Evans (Baths and Wash Houses Historical Archive)

13.00 Q&A

13.10 Networking lunch

14.00 Victoria Baths & Historic Pools of Britain
Gill Wright (Victoria Baths, Manchester and Historic Pools of Britain)

14.30 Learning to Swim in Govanhill & Amateur Swimming in Scotland
Paul Donald (Scottish Swimming and Kingston Amateur Swimming Club)

15.00 Q&A and closing remarks
Paula Larkin (Govanhill Baths Archive)

15.30 Close

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are delighted to be supporting and working with The Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust on a music festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism movement (RaR).

The 2-day festival will take place in Queens Park Arena on 27/28 August, the day after our own Govanhill International Carnival and Parade.

On Sunday 27 August, 3 of the bands who took part in the original RaR concerts will come to the Southside for Roots Rock Reggae Against Racism.  The concert, Curated by Glasgow promoters Jah Live, features Aswad, Misty in Roots and Black Roots.  Tickets for this show are £25 from skiddle.com

On Monday 28 August, Manchester legands Black Grape will be joined by local heroes Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 and beatboxer Bigg Taj.  Tickets for Monday are £35 from skiddle.com  Weekend tickets are £50 from skiddle.com

Speakers at the event include Jeremy Corbyn and Aamer Anwar

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 27/28/29 July 7.30pm

Govanhill Theatre and Radio Theatre Group join forces once again to present the classic pirate adventure. In the 1700’s a treasure map falls into the hands of young Jim Hawkins. With the help of his friend Dr. Livesey & Squire Trelawney, the trio set sail from England with Capt. Smollett and the crew of the Hispaniola to a deserted island in search of buried treasure. But they are not the only ones interested in the map, and the ship’s cook, Long John Silver & his compatriots are not what they seem to be.

This “radio play” performed as a live radio recording, is a great family adventure.

Our usual G42 special offer is available at just £1.  To qualify, you must live in the G42 postcode area – just email treasureisland@govanhillbaths.com with your name and postcode – first come first served

Tickets £10/£6 from  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2960893

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Marketing and Campaign Manager- Community Shares


Job title: Marketing and Campaign Manager

Reporting to: Trust Manager

Staff reporting: Volunteers, sessional staff

Salary: £6,000  2 ½  days a week  (August 2017-  January 2018)

Based: Govanhill, Glasgow UK




Govanhill Baths Community Trust is embarking on an exciting new era in our history and we need an enthusiastic and experienced marketing and campaign expert to help.

This year, in order to raise the funds for capital works and to bring the facility into community control, we will be launching a community share offer with the support of Community Shares Scotland.

The role will involve working closely with the Trust Board and staff to achieve our goal of engaging a broad range of investors. The new Campaign and Marketing Manager, will oversee the fundraising strategy involving Crowd Funder and engage the local community in building a sustainable future for  Govanhill Baths after refurbishment. If you believe in our project, and have the skills to help, we want to hear from you.


Specific Tasks

Community Shares

Finalise Community Shares strategy for launch

Use different digital and offline tools to make the share offer accessible to everyone

Support the Trust in developing a member management system

Adapt to changing circumstances

Work with Community Shares Scotland and Crowdfunder to launch share

Engage staff in the plans and activities for the campaign



Build on relationships with existing Trust supporters and local networks

Work with a diverse community to explain new developments in the capital works plans

Develop new relationships with potential local investors

Seek ways to involve local people in the fundraising plans and activities

Reach new audiences with the Baths’ story



Implement and evaluate fun and creative marketing strategies for fundraising campaigns

Commission materials such as videos, infographics, leaflets, questionnaires, and banners

Manage online fundraising interfaces and branding

Ensure the website fundraising and communications information is up to date.


Strategy and Governance

Write reports to meet deadlines as needed

Manage and lead the identification of, and approaches to trusts and foundations that have not previously supported our work

Develop and maintain reporting and application systems

Work closely with Trust Manager to develop strong financial operations systems for managing incoming funds

Identify and submit applications for prizes and awards that will raise the profile of Govanhill Baths Community Trust



Advertise and recruit volunteers as required to support the functions of the fundraising team

Carry out volunteer training

Manage and supervise volunteers


Personal Specification


We are looking for an exceptional team player who has…

Experience running large fundraising campaigns with community-run organisations

Creative marketing and outreach ideas

Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with new investors

Experience of researching fundraising opportunities

Worked within the community sector in Scotland

Worked remotely with different team members

Track record of working alone to achieve targets

Previous experience of Community Shares (desirable)

Worked within a diverse community (desirable)


Skills and Competencies

Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative copy, whether for leaflets or annual reports

High standard of computer literacy (Microsoft office applications and online social media platforms)

Meticulous attention to detail, and an eye for anticipating risks

Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision

Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with potential donors

Knowledge of UK Trusts and Foundations and Corporate giving in general, with a community focus in particular

Knowledge of contracts and VAT issues desirable.

Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.

Ability to understand and generate budgets.

Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes

Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required for fundraising campaign


If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter, CV, and two references by 5pm on 26th of July. Interviews will be on July 31st.