Vacancy: Board Members from BAME Background

Deadline: 9am Tuesday 30 June 2024

Interviews: July 2024


Govanhill Baths Community Trust are recruiting people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to join our dynamic board. We aim to ensure that we have a wider representation on the board to reflect the diversity of Govanhill as we go forward with the reopening of the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre. We’re looking for committed individuals who are keen to help the Trust re-open the Baths and to contribute to the social, cultural and physical regeneration of Govanhill as a community in the Southside of Glasgow.

For more information on the role and application process click here.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust oversees seven diverse projects within the Govanhill community. We understand that it can sometimes be challenging to keep track of each project’s focus and objectives. In the coming months, we aim to provide clarity by shedding light on each project, starting with our Wellbeing Programme! Our spring wellbeing programme is now full and the next wellbeing programme will be released in the summer.


Click here to read more.


Photo by Nick Sims

It’s the 23rd anniversary of the occupation of Govanhill Baths.


Last month we marked the 23rd anniversary of the occupation of Govanhill Baths. In 2001 Glasgow City Council’s plans to close the Baths sparked community unity. On March 21, Save Our Pool – Southside Against Closure, campaigners entered the Baths and chained themselves to the cubicles – this was the start of an occupation that lasted 140 days and had a 24-hour picket outside. It was the longest occupation of a public building in the UK. Diverse campaigners, reflecting the community’s breadth, fiercely rallied to save their beloved baths. To read more about the history of the baths click here.

The occupation played a crucial role in raising awareness about the importance of the Govanhill Baths as a community asset and put pressure on the authorities to take action. Ultimately, the occupation and the Save Our Pool Campaign laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust and was formally constituted in 2004.  The Trust aims to transform the baths into a community hub, providing various facilities and programs to benefit the local residents.

Since its formation, the Trust has been working tirelessly to raise funds, engage the community, and develop plans for the renovation of the Govanhill Baths. They envision the building as a multi-purpose facility that will offer a wide range of services, including swimming pools, fitness facilities, community spaces, and cultural activities.

In addition to the physical renovation of the baths, the Trust is also involved in various community initiatives, such as health and wellbeing programs, arts projects, and educational activities. They actively involve local residents in decision-making processes and seek to address the diverse needs of the community.

Overall, the Govanhill Baths Community Trust is dedicated to revitalising the historic baths and creating a vibrant community space that promotes health, wellbeing, and social cohesion in Govanhill and beyond.

and has since been working to reopen the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre that contributes to the wider social, cultural and regeneration of Govanhill as a community through a range of activities. To read more about the development and progress of the Govanhill Baths building click here.

Currently some of our projects, including Rags to Riches, Ceramics, Archives and Arts take place in The Deep End, located on 21 Nithsdale Street. The People’s Pantry and Govanhill Youth Club are located on Cathcart Road and our Wellbeing programme projects take place in locations across the Southside.

Free Climate Action Activities


Want to take part in practical climate action, but not sure where to start?

Take part in free hands-on workshops, film screenings and campaigns designed to inspire behaviour change and help communities engage in local climate action.

This programme is funded by the Scottish Government. Glasgow has successfully secured funding for a Glasgow Climate Action Hub as part of this national network to engage communities in climate action, supporting the transition to low carbon and climate resilient living and driving wider behaviour change.

Whilst this programme is open to everyone we aim to prioritise individuals on a lower income. Please be conscious of this when registering your interest at attend these events.

Click here to register your interest in joining the sessions below

January – March 2024: Plastic Recycling – ‘Bottles to Benches’

Plastic Recycling – ‘Bottles to Benches’

Take part in our plastic recycling campaign to turn locally sourced PP5 and HDPE plastic bottles, tubs and lids into outdoor furniture for Govanhill!

Simply check your waste plastics for PP5 & HDPE symbols and drop off your CLEAN plastics in our purpose built recycling bin at The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street.

Your plastics will then be chipped and moulded into outdoor furniture for the local area!

This will run until the end of March – after this date it may be extended. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates.

February 2024: Climate Action Sessions

Social sewing, repairing & upcycling

1-3pm, Wednesday 28th Feb (x6 weeks) @ The Deep End Textiles Studio

Got a favourite item of clothing that’s had some wear and tear? Learn to sew, mend and upcycle your textiles with our in-house expert

Free but ticketed – Register your interest here


Intro to plastic recycling (Free)

2-4pm, Wednesdays from 28th February
We’ll start by exploring the different kinds of plastics and how to shred them using our granulator. Then, we’ll choose injection moulds and the colours you’d like to use and melt them with our injection machine, leaving with a finished item to take home on the day.

Free but ticketed – Register your interest here


March 2024: Climate Action Sessions

Clothing & textiles repair – drop in (Free)

2:30-4:30pm, Thursdays from 7th March @ The Deep End Textiles Studio

Bring in items of clothing, and learn how to fix them in this informal repair session! 

Free but ticketed – Register your interest here


Building Confidence in using tools & building with pallets

Tuesday 5th & 12 March @ The Deep End Woodwork Workshop, 10am-1pm
Two session workshop building participant’s confidence building using surplus wood. In these sessions we will build three compost bins using reclaimed scaffold boards, with a removable front panel.

(Fully booked)


Build your own compost bin

Tuesday 19th & 26th March @ The Deep End Woodwork Workshop, 10am-1pm

Learn to build and maintain your own compost bin using surplus wood.

(Fully booked)


Natural dyeing workshop with Print Clan (Free)

Saturday 16th March @ The Deep End Venue Room, 10am – 12pm

In this practical workshop you will learn all about natural dyes and will screen-print your own fabrics using natural climate-friendly ink alternatives.

Free but ticketed – Register your interest here


Make and screen print your own tote bag using surplus materials (2 part session)

Saturday 23rd March @ The Deep End, 10-2pm

10am – 12pm – Make a tote bag using surplus materials in our R2R textiles studio
– Break –
12:15 – 2pm – Screen print your tote with your own design (w/Print Clan)

In this free two-part creative workshop you will learn several practical skills. First you will make your own tote bag from scratch using surplus materials from our textiles studio, then turn your hand to screen printing and walk away with your very own tote-bag printed with multiple colours!

Free but ticketed – Register your interest here

Make your own mug rug using material scraps

Sunday 24th March @ The Deep End, 10-2pm

Using material scraps from our sewing classes, learn to make your own mug rug while using a patchwork technique.

Free but ticketed – Register your interest here

Saturday 23rd March – Day of Climate Action
– Repair Cafe & Fair Fashion Festival 2024

Repair Cafe @ Govanhill Library

Saturday 23rd March @ Govanhill Library, 12-3pm

Come along to a pop-up repair café in Govanhill! Bring your broken stuff, and our volunteers will help you repair it. We can fix everything from clothes to electricals, and most things in-between. As long as you can carry it we’ll try and help you fix it, to avoid sending things to landfill!

Free to drop in – Register your interest here

Fair Fashion Festival 2024

Saturday 23rd March @ Sustainable fashion venues around the Southside

Shop sustainable this Spring at the Fair Fashion Collective festival! Seven local fair fashion businesses are running a host of events from a ‘Second Hand Sale’ event at Bawn Textiles to a Knitwear Repair Drop-In Session With Second Cashmere.

Free to attend – More info here

Climate Film Festival

The fashion industry produces about 10 percent of annual global carbon emissions, which is more than all maritime shipping and international flights combined. What’s more, fashion’s emissions of harmful greenhouse gases are projected to grow by more than 50 percent by 2030. Most of us don’t know what goes into producing the clothes we wear everyday.

The Golden Thread (2022 – 1 hour 30mins)

3-5pm, Saturday 23rd March, @ The Deep End Venue Space

Mesmerising, tactile, and laden with visual poetry, The Golden Thread captures the last vestiges of the jute industry in Kolkata, India: where a few mills have been weaving this sustainable alternative to plastic with 100-year-old machinery, practically unchanged since the industrial revolution.

Director Nishta Jain trains an intimate lens on the entire production chain: from harvesting and drying the reed along the river, to workers weaving with antique looms, fibers of the ‘golden thread’ heavy in the air; and the industrial accidents that have become commonplace in an industry that demands increasingly rapid production with no concern for quality or worker welfare. A beautifully-weaved work in and of itself, The Golden Thread places questions about the past, present, and future of the textile industry in striking dialogue.

Click here to book on Eventbrite


Fashion Reimagined – 2022 – 1 hour 32 mins

5-7pm, Saturday 23rd March, @ The Deep End Venue Space

Fashion designer Amy Powney, the creative director of luxury fashion label Mother of Pearl, has always been uneasy about the devastating impacts of her industry on the environment, animals, and textile workers. When she wins the coveted Vogue award for the Best Young Designer of the Year, she decides to use the cash prize to create a sustainable collection, No Frills – and embarks on a journey across Turkey, Uruguay, and Peru to minimise harm across every step of the supply chain. Fashion Reimagined follows Powney as she sets out to understand the winding path that takes raw material to finished garment in today’s fashion industry – and illuminates the true difficulty of trying to demand better.

Click here to book Eventbrite 


What’s On: Spring 2024




Hello, welcome to the spring edition of What’s On, a guide to the events run by Govanhill Baths from March to May.

We’re delighted to be part of the Glasgow Climate Action Hub that with other organisations wants to get people more involved in tackling climate change by connecting communities, building skills, and using resources wisely. Do your bit and take part in one of the fun and educational activities run by our upcycling project, Rags to Riches.

This issue we are also celebrating International Women’s Day with a festival that includes the importance the baths have had for South Asian women and the great contribution they made to saving the building.

We’re excited to announce a new series of bulletins dedicated to the innovative history and the exciting future of Govanhill Baths. Each edition will focus on key aspects of the baths that show why it is so unique and important for Govanhill. Keep an eye out for them but to make sure you don’t miss any, sign up for our email newsletter
(link below).

On a very sad note, everyone at Govanhill Baths was sorry to learn of the passing of our friend Joanne O’Neill. Working with us over many years, Joanne built a strong connection with the baths and we will miss her greatly. Instead of a sombre ceremony, Joanne’s loved ones will have the opportunity to celebrate her life with a special exhibition of the artwork she created with her friend Lisa. Full details can be found below.

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This is the third year Govanhill Baths Community Trust is marking International’s Women’s Day.

We’ll be running events during the first two weeks of March, including talks, music, storytelling, and film screenings. We’re also happy to be sharing other organisation’s events in our programme below.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Historically it has been tightly linked with women’s activism, trade unionism, and women’s labour. The event was born from the belief in the revolutionary potential of working women, and the importance of improving their lives. International Women’s Day is the perfect occasion to reflect on women’s labour, activism and collective power.

We look forward to celebrating IWD with you!


Govanhill IWD Programme:


Film: The Engine Inside – Women (adults)

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: 4 March, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT


Govanhill Baths and South Asian Women

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

When: 5 March , 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

Come along to a special event for International Women’s Day 2024. Since the late 50s, early
60s the South Asian community in Glasgow have been using Govanhill Baths. When the Baths
were closed in 2001 one of the communities to suffer most were the South Asian Women.
They came to the woman only swimming, sauna, Turkish, used the steamie and were part of
the Save Our Pool campaign to re-open the Baths. They also came to well-being classes and
events when the Baths building opened from 2012-2019. We are delighted to offer an
afternoon dedicated to these women who will be first in the door when the Baths reopen.

Resistance and community: Govanhill Pool and my mother’s fabric shop
Zamard Zahid

Resilience in Waves, sound piece
Samar Jamal

Day 139, poem
Maya Uppal

Sharing Stories
An opportunity for those in attendance toshare their stories.

Refreshments and lunch will be served.

Comic strip from Occupy! Occupy! Occupy!, artist Norrie Millar. Photograph from Zamard Zahid.



What We Inherit: a screening of three films

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

When: 7 March, 6pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow, G412PZ

During the week of International Women’s Day – Govanhill Baths are pleased to present a screening of three films on Thursday, the 7th of March with a panel discussion between the three filmmakers. This programme of films explores themes of women’s heritage, inheritance, oral and unsung histories.
Gestures by Rachael Ryder
Launder/Lavender by Rhia Laing
Breaking Ground by Michelle Deignan
-followed by a panel discussion

Feminist Tabletop Football

Feminist Exchange Network

Free unticketed event | More info on Feminist Exchange Network‘s website

When: 9 March , 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Rumpus Room yard, Rumpus Room, Langside Lane, Govanhill, G42 8BH

Feminist Tabletop Football is a participatory artwork in the form of a cooperative table-top football game, played on a hexagonal board between three teams.

The game builds on the ideas of cooperative football, conceptualised by the Situationists in the 1960s. The first “Feminist Economics Football” cooperative game saw women and non-binary footballers play together at Cathkin park, Glasgow in 2021, then in Sheffield in 2022, exploring intersectional feminism through the medium of cooperative football. This new tabletop version is a queering and feminising of the popular “Subbuteo” game, inviting players to find common goals across their teams, working towards a shared feminist future.

On Saturday 9th March we invite you to join us to play this new version of the game for the first time. To take part come along on the day, or get in touch with Feminist Exchange Network to find out more We aim to make the game fully accessible so please let FEN know of any access needs or ask FEN for a fuller description of how the game is played so you can tell us about anything we can do to make the game more accessible to you.

Funded by Arts Development Scheme and Govanhill Bath Community Trust. Supported by Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art. Created by artists Ailie Rutherford and Mandy Roberts for Feminist Exchange Network


Letle Telt by Lainey Dempsey  CANCELLED 

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel Letle Telt by Lainey Dempsey on Sat 9th March 2pm – 5pm.

We hope to reschedule this event later in the year. If you have any queries, please contact Paula at

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

When: 9 March , 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St

Little Told Songs and Stories of Women From Scottish History. Women are most commonly represented in traditional folk songs (at least in the ones we tend to sing) as ‘pretty fair maids’ with ‘lily-white hands’ who are heartbroken and/or ‘ruined’ by the men around them. Even in the old songs there is so much more variety of types of women to pull out of the repertoire and sing about.

Traditional folk song is brimming with working class and military heroes and rebels. It tends to be men we sing about but women were there too organising, defying and rebelling wherever they saw injustice. Letle Telt is a small step on a long road toward redressing the balance of the historic stories we choose to tell.

Photograph Copyright/Credit – Colm Keating


Screening: Girl by Adura Onashile

Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Free ticketed event, booking via Eventbrite

When: 15 March , 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

Govanhill Baths are pleased to screen Adura Onashile’s debut feature film ‘Girl’.

Mother and daughter Grace and Ama have established a deep bond that’s protected them from outsiders, but as they try to settle in Glasgow, things begin to change. Ama’s approaching adolescence and growing curiosity set off reminders of a past that Grace has been trying to erase. The comforting fairytale-like story that Grace has been telling Ama for years is shaken by the memories — their sheltered world begins to erode from the inside. To give them both a chance to really start living, Grace has to let Ama grow up.

Learn to ride sessions – Women (adults)

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: Every Monday, 10am – 11am & Every Saturday, 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT

Balance Bike Sessions in Queens Park for Mother and Tots – Family Session (Children with Mothers)

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: Every Thursday, 10am -12pm

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT



Family Cycle Sessions – Family Session (Children with Mothers) 

Women on Wheels

Pay what you can, tickets here

When: Every Saturday, 9:30am and 10:45am

Where: Women on Wheels Hub, Govanhill Workspace, Unit 4, 69 Dixon Road, Glasgow, G42 8AT

& more events at






Deadline: Applications must be in by 9am Monday 18 March 2024.
Interviews: Friday 22 March 2024.

If, due to childcare commitments or similar, you are unable to make the allotted
interview time, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to
accommodate all reasonable requests. However, we will only be able to offer you a
day/time in the same week.

(Fulltime equivalent £30,000) £23,992.8 pro rata or 4 days a week. Plus 4% pension. 1st April 2024 – 31st March 2026. (likely to rise to full time within the contract period)

An exciting opportunity exists for a well qualified and creative person to join
the team of staff and volunteers at the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT).
We are looking to recruit a Wellbeing Programme Manager to manage our flagship
project the Wellbeing Programme which incorporates the planned activities within the
Govanhill Baths new Wellbeing Centre due to open in 2025, our Peoples Pantry, the
Govanhill Youth Club and our wider wellbeing activities within the community.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) is a grassroots anchor organisation based
in Govanhill. Our goal is to re-open the Govanhill Baths as a Wellbeing Centre and at
the same time contribute to the wider social, health, cultural and built regeneration of

Applicants will be required to outline, by referring to the job description
and specification, their relevant experience, qualifications and information as to why
they believe they are the right person for the post and what they can bring to the
ongoing development of the Govanhill Baths Trust.

The job description can be accessed here. 

A CV may also be attached. No more than 2 sides of A4 paper using 12 point font.

NOTE: Applications exceeding the required format will be rejected.

Applications should be made via email and marked ‘Wellbeing Programme Manager:
Confidential’ and emailed to
No hard copies will be accepted.

The Trust conforms to all the requirements of the Equality Act and its Duties under
Positive Action. Applicants from members of minority/members of protected
characteristic groups are particularly invited to apply.



The People’s Pantry Closed Wed 7 February  2024


The People’ Pantry will be closed on Wednesday 7 February due to Development day. The pantry will be open as normal the remainder days. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The usual opening hours can be found below.

Monday: 1.00 – 4.00pm
Tuesday: 1.00 – 4.00pm
W̶e̶d̶n̶e̶s̶d̶a̶y̶:̶ ̶2̶.̶3̶0̶ ̶–̶ ̶5̶.̶3̶0̶p̶m̶ (closed 7 February 2024)
Thursday: 1.00 –
Friday: 10.00 – 1.00pm





What’s On: Winter 2023/24

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Welcome to the latest edition of What’s On, a guide to all the events run by Govanhill
Baths this winter.

In this issue we are delighted to introduce you to our wonderful new logo above. We are very grateful to Form Digital, Scottish Design Agency of the Year 2022, for volunteering their time and creativity. This unique and imaginative design takes us forward as we prepare to reopen Govanhill Baths and begin a new chapter for our beloved building. Over the coming months you’ll see the new design used more frequently online and in our printed materials. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Our summer issue contained a questionnaire asking what you wanted to see in the new Govanhill Baths. This was part of a consultation conducted with the community that almost 600 people took part in. You can find out what they said in this issue.

Speaking of consultations, in the last issue our Wellbeing Programme asked readers what activities they’d like to do to improve their physical and mental health. Well, the results are in and the programme has added four fantastic new classes including drumming and football.

Govanhill Baths Arts has a new group for people aged over 55 to learn different art media and techniques, and our upcycling project Rags to Riches has added a new workshop to help you make your own shirts.

Finally, if you are a member of our People’s Pantry make sure you renew your membership before the end of December.

Our festive markets are around the corner!

Spend your weekend at this festive craft market filled with over 30 stalls featuring local makers and artists from Scotland and beyond!

– Find locally made prints, candles, zines, crafts, vintage clothing & slow fashion pieces.

– Hot drinks and snacks

– Live music by Justine Beverley

This is not a Craft Market – Saturday 9th December (Outdoors)

(Postponed due to weather warning)

Time: 11-4pm

Location : The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, G412PZ

Entry: Free

Accessibility: The Deep End is wheelchair accessible


This is not a Craft Market – Saturday 16th December (Indoors!)

(Going ahead! Indoors at 43 Nithsdale Street)

Time: 11-4pm

Location : 43 Nithsdale Street, G412PZ

Entry: Free

Accessibility: The Deep End is wheelchair accessible


On Saturday 16th December, join us for a free Rag Wreath Workshop

When: Saturday, 16 December, 12-2pm

Where: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, G412PZ, in the textile studio

Free, but ticketed.