This last year has been an overwhelming whirlwind. Some of us might have had, or still do, very strong feelings that are difficult to put into words and handle even in the best of times. There are different coping mechanisms that people might use in to try and control these feelings or express them.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust, in collaboration with Govanhill Health Centre Practice A, has commissioned artist Sarah Leal Studio to create distraction boxes for people who self-harm. A distraction box is something that allows you to distract yourself from how you are feeling.

We would like to include in each of these boxes a note from a stranger. A note to show that we are not alone, and that we care for each other in our community. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of kindness to change someone’s perspective.

You can write a paragraph or a letter (one page only please) and post it to:  Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 126 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7RA. Please mark the envelope “A letter from a stranger” for the attention of Joanna Young.  You can also drop it off through our letterbox,  or send an email to joanna@govanhillbaths.com with the subject “A letter from a stranger”.

Self-harm can be a very lonely and isolating experience, which is why we want to pass on these letters of support. If you or someone you know is currently using self-harm you can find support and advice with the following websites and helplines:

NHS Mental Health Information: Self-Harm
Mind Charity: Information on Self-Harm

Helplines

Young Minds: provides information on coping with self-harm and suicidal feelings. Crisis Text service is also available 24/7 . Text YM to 85258 and a Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 4:00pm.

Self-Injury UK: Telephone  Helpline – 0808 800 8088. For women of any age or background affected by self-injury, whether their own or that of a friend or family member. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:00pm – 9.30pm.

Samaritans: Telephone Helpline 116 123. A free and confidential support to anyone, any age. Call any time day or night.

Breathing Space: Telephone Helpline 0800 83 85 87. A free confidential phone and web-based service for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Monday to Thursday 6:00pm – 2:00pm, and weekends Friday 6:00pm to Monday 6:00am.

Keeping Safe

Remember, if you are concerned about an individual’s mental health and wellbeing and feel they may be in distress, their doctor should be the first point of contact. If you feel the individual is in immediate danger, please call 999.

 

Govanhill Baths Community Trust is an activist-based organisation run from and by the grassroots of our community. We were formed from two community campaigns against closures of public services, Southside Against Closures and Save Our Pool. We have shown by example, over years, the effectiveness of genuine community-led action.

As such, we offer our full solidarity to campaigns across Glasgow currently fighting to save their vital cultural and sports resources. These services are not a luxury, they are at the heart of any cohesive community. Our community assets should not be regarded as a cost to the public purse but an investment in the health and wellbeing of our community for generations to come.

We will stand in solidarity with these communities and offer our help in any practical way that we can.

Please get in touch and let us know if there is anything we can do to support your local campaign.

Contact our Community Engagement Officer Alexandra at community@govanhillbaths.com

Please click for the poster we are sponsoring in support of the Save Our Libraries campaign.

Click to visit Save Glasgow Libraries’ Twitter account.

#UnitedWeWillSwim

This year our upcycling social enterprise Rags to Riches is taking part in the worldwide campaign Fashion Revolution. With its brand of workshops and products, they consistently aim to highlight the plight that waste has on our environment and its effect on climate change.

The number of garments produced annually has doubled since 2000 and exceeded 100 billion for the first time in 2014. An estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually from the fashion industry. Shockingly, every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned globally.

Fashion Revolution was founded in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when a building with a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 people and injuring 2,500.

Fashion Revolution has become the world’s largest fashion activism movement, mobilising citizens, industry and policymakers through our research, education and advocacy work.

So to take action, get involved and join the conversation.

Rags to Riches is running the following events:

Who Made your Clothes?
Zoom Discussion with Gail Power Design
Monday 19th April -8pm
Join the conversation and hear about Gail’s journey as a textile upcycler and tutor. Get inspiration, tips and tricks to create an upcycled garment to enter in our competition.

Did You Make Your Clothes?
Upcycled Fashion Competition
Deadline Sunday 25th April – 5pm

Take part in our upcycled garment competition, use tools and materials you have in the house to create a spectacular, showstopper upcycled garment and win a fabulous prize.

Garment Showcase
Rags to Riches Big Zero Waste Market
Saturday 1st May – 11 am to 4pm
The winning 3 garments will be showcased at the Deep End during our Big Zero Waste Market.

Click to learn more on Facebook.

Click to visit Fashion Revolution website.

The Big Waste Zero Market will be held on the first Saturday of every month. The next one will be on 1st May, 11:00am to 4:00pm, at The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow G41 2PZ.

From innovative zero-waste design and creative collectors to vintage, antiques and hidden treasure, everything sold is made from waste, upcycled or secondhand.

Join and celebrate that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

Click to learn more on our Facebook page.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP and staff sanding in food shop

Govanhill Baths’ community food project, the People’s Pantry, was pleased to welcome on Thursday 8th April Nicola Sturgeon, local MSP for Glasgow Southside constituency.

Ms Sturgeon was able to see first-hand the invaluable service our pantry provides to the local people.

With so many experiencing food insecurity, the Pantry is a lifeline and example of Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s commitment to addressing the serious socio-economic problems in the community.

Click to learn more about The People’s Pantry.

 

 

 

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Roma Day.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust wish a happy International Roma Day to all our Roma neighbours. It is a day to celebrate the rich culture, history and heritage of Roma people worldwide and a day when Govanhill shows our support and solidarity with our Roma communities.

Although the pandemic has paused the annual parade through Govanhill, this year the celebrations have been moved online with a series of videos celebrating Roma culture and heritage, including a very special International Roma Day music video that our friends Romano Lav co-produced with Ando Glaso and the incredible Polish Roma band, Romane Cierhenia.

Filmed in Govanhill, it celebrates the beautiful Roma music, culture, and people on this special 50th International Roma Day. Check it out here: https://fb.watch/4KAolcTlr8/

On Saturday will be the official launch of ‘Acana aven seaoran’ (Here comes everyone!), a shop window photography exhibition of of International Roma Day marches of the past. Then, at 8:30pm, a special multi-media event will be screened on the window of MILK Café on Victoria Road – and online!

Opre Roma!

We have two new vacancies and an artist commission opportunity:

 

Arts Project Manager (Culture Collective Project)

22.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, motivated and passionate Project Manager, with experience of Creative Producing, to join the Govanhill Baths team and lead on an ambitious arts project, following funding from Creative Scotland’s Culture Collective Fund.

The re-opening of the Govanhill Baths building as a community-led Wellbeing Centre is due to take place in Summer 2022 following major capital redevelopment. Creativity and art play a key role in the vision for the Centre.

Throughout 2021-2022 we will work with local community groups, artists, archivists, activists and arts organisations, to celebrate this monumental achievement. The theme ‘Occupy’ will be used to provide a rich framework for the overall project, highlighting what can be achieved through community activism and solidarity.

Closing date for applications is 9am Monday 12th of April 2021.

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Rags to Riches UpHub Climate Project Manager

21 hours per week

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion for sustainability, who understands the opportunities and challenges of climate change and to drive Rags to Riches ambitious new Climate Change focused project. The successful candidate will work with our partners and communities to move towards more sustainable practices. You will have previous experience of working within a climate change related role in the third sector. The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting the Uphub project outcomes and able to motivate and manage R2R Uphub project team, local partners to achieve high performance standards.

The position is varied in nature and there will be the opportunity to work with the local community in order to reduce our impact on the natural environment. A thorough knowledge and detailed understanding of current issues and professional Climate Change/Mitigation/Adaptation practices is essential, combined with excellent communication and team working skills. A community-focused approach is also important, plus the ability to work collaboratively with schools and community organisations.
If you’re looking for a challenge, plus the opportunity to be part of a bold and innovative organisation that has big ambitions both for GBCT and for the wider community this is an excellent opportunity for you.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday the 9th of April 2021

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Artist Commission

We are looking for an artist to create an illustration which will be featured in an upcoming book about the history of Govanhill Baths. This year we are celebrating 20 years since the occupation of the Baths’ building, which saw the longest occupation of a civic building in British history, and prevented the building from being lost to developers.

The commissioned artwork will be featured as a high quality reproduction in the book, credited to the artist. It will also be featured on some specially produced merchandise to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the occupation. The artist will receive complimentary copies of the book and merchandise, and will be invited to the book launch in August.

Application deadline: 30th April 2021

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