Govanhill Baths Community Trust is a grassroots organisation supported and developed through active involvement by members of the local community. We were established in December 2004 from the “Save Our Pool” campaign and many of our active members have been involved since the Trust began, having first joined the occupation of the pool in 2001.
What We Do
The Trust operates as a Limited Company by Guarantee, a Charitable Trust and a Preservation Trust.
We run a wide range of community-based Wellbeing activities and educational and training courses aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at people from the G41/G42 postcodes. The Trust has a successful social enterprise project and leading Upcycling project Rags to Riches.
The Trust in collaboration with statutory and voluntary sector partners offer a Benefits and Debt advice service called Govanhill Baths Advice Centre and various legal, and welfare rights service to community. The Baths building is also home to the Southside Fringe, Romano Lav and Govanhill Theatre.
We have an elected board, Trust members (called Friends) and are based at 99 Calder Street, Govanhill.
Our goal is to re-open the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre and to contribute to the wider social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community through a range of activities. The Centre will be run by the community for the community in association with local voluntary and statutory partners.
1) To preserve and conserve, for the public benefit, buildings of historic or architectural interest, in particular Govanhill Baths; and
2) To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Govanhill and its environs without distinction of gender, sexual orientation, political, religious or other opinions by associating the local statutory authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities or assist in the provision of facilities, in the interest of social welfare for recreation and other leisure-time occupation so that their conditions of life may be improved.