Govanhill Baths Community Trust have announced the launch of a brand new educational resource to help teachers initiate conversations around New Scots issues. Titled ‘No Radio Silence’, the resource features a short film created and directed by Unity Sisters and accompanying e-book for teachers covering various topics in line with the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.

Partnering with Unity Sisters, a self-organised support group for asylum-seeking women, refugees and their children. Unity Sisters and Govanhill Baths created the resource as part of their Our Rights Our Communities project. Through collective and accessible resources, the project aims to explore, acknowledge and develop an understanding of intersectional oppression from a grassroots perspective.

No Radio Silence, a striking short film created by Unity Sisters under the mentorship of filmmaker Bircan Birol, proposes ways communities can adapt to help integrate refugees and asylum seekers further. The accompanying e-book, which was supported by St Albert’s Primary Headteacher Clare Harker, offers teachers meaningful activities to develop a fuller understanding of these issues within the classroom.

The resource is set to launch on 14th May, to coincide with the programme for Govanhill Baths led Festival of Resistance. Taking place from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th May, the festival celebrates one year since the historic events that unfolded on Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, last year when the community rallied together to save two of their neighbours from a Home Office dawn raid. Key speakers will include human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, Scottish Refugee Council Chief Executive Sabir Zazai, as well as Glasgow MP Alison Thewliss and MSPs Patrick Harvie and Paul Sweeney. Other activities during the festival will include talks from tree-planting, music, theatre, children’s art activities and making banners of welcome.

Virginie Clayton, manager of Unity Sisters, said: “We hope that being able to hear the voices of New Scots Women will help young people become aware of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers, and that they will convey this message in their homes and communities. Understanding can unite people in solidarity, create true allyship and facilitate integration.”

Fatima Uygun, manager of Govanhill Baths Community Trust said: “First and foremost we want to really underline that no one is illegal. Even though Glasgow is one of the largest refugee dispersal centres in the UK, the voices of people – especially women – going through this process are largely unheard, silenced by a lack of resources, support, and a real fear of being subject to hostile and racist measures – like dawn raids – from the UK Government.”

For further information, please contact: community@govanhillbaths.com

 

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Click to watch No Radio Silence

An exciting opportunity exists for a Driver to join the team of staff and volunteers at the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT). We are looking to recruit an experienced delivery driver to help deliver the aims of the People’s Pantry.

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About the Pantry

The People’s Pantry is a membership-led shop that provides good quality food at a subsidised rate.

The Pantry stock’s a range of essential items, from store cupboard staples, like pasta, tinned tomatoes, and coffee, to fruit and vegetables, and baked goods. Over time we expect to be able to offer a wider range of food and essentials. Our stock will mainly be provided by Fareshare, a food redistribution charity, and by other local supermarkets and food providers.

Anyone can become a member of The People’s Pantry for £3.50 a year. They can then do a weekly shop for £2.50, which will provide a minimum of £15 worth of food. Members also have the option of paying a solidarity price of £3.50 per shop, to fund a small number of subsidised memberships.

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Address:

Visit us at 488 Cathcart Road, Govanhill, G42 7BX

Thur 28 Apr | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Suitable for ages 12+
Bee’s Knees Cafe, 83 Bowman Street, Glasgow G42 8LF

Join us for a magical evening of tall tales, fabulous fables, and history that’s stranger than fiction. To commemorate Scotland’s Year of Stories, we’ll be voyaging through the mists of time, exploring the myths and legends that lie buried beneath the city streets. Our guides will be Rae McKinlay, spinner of tales and original Baths campaigner, together with local author and historian Bruce Downie. As fact and fiction intertwine, you’ll see a side of Govanhill and Glasgow that you’ve never seen before! This is also a chance to learn about the hidden history of storytellers, brave souls who at one time had to live as outlaws in order to survive.

This event is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Two exciting opportunities have opened up at Govanhill Baths Community Trust for an experienced Woodwork Facilitator and a Technician to join the Rags to Riches team of staff and volunteers. We are looking to recruit a Woodwork Facilitator to help us deliver our community builds, make products and facilitate workshops, and a Technician to help us manage and maintain our workshops and machinery at our recycling and upcycling hub at The Deep End.

Woodwork Facilitator

As part of your role you will be required to project manage our community build projects in our local community, along with working with our Woodwork Assistant to make upcycled wooden products and deliver practical upcycling workshops to members of our community. You’ll also be expected to work alongside our Technician to ensure our woodworking workshop is kept clean, safe and ready for public use as we use the space to host a variety of workshops and community programmes.

Technician

As part of your role you will be required to assemble and maintain our Precious Plastics machinery and provide upkeep for our woodworking and sewing machines. You’ll also be involved in ensuring our spaces are clean, safe and ready for public use as we host a variety of workshops and community programmes from our spaces.

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Sign reading No One Is Illegal

 

 

On the 13 May 2021  two of men living on Kenmure Street in Pollokshields, Glasgow, were taken from their home by the UK Home Office. They were detained in a van on the street. Spontaneously, neighbours amassed and prevented the van leaving by sitting in the road. Word spread  quickly and the number of protestors grew to occupy the street. As a result of this action, both men, Sumit Sehdev and Lakhvir Singh, were released and so created a moment no one will forget. The two men were freed and that was the last raid to date; It was a stunning and inspiring victory for antiracists and campaigners.

One year on, we are coming together to commemorate Kenmure Street’s community response to this deportation raid. This will be a celebration of the unbreakable solidarity expressed by the community of Pollokshields and our ongoing resistance to the cruelty of the war on refugees and asylum seekers. We will occupy Kenmure Street and surrounding areas with music, dance, theatre, talks, panels of discussion, food sharing, activities for young people and much more.

We are expecting thousands of people to visit Kenmure Street. The street will be closed, banners will hang, bands and musicians will be playing for free in a local park, children will be painting a mural, international guests will be speaking about similar actions in their countries.

To make this all possible though we need support to provide essential facilities, equipment and resources to make the festival a safe and successful one. In so doing we will continue the impact of that local and community action and make sure it helps make real lasting change in Glasgow and beyond.

To find out how you can donate and support the festival, please click to visit our Crowdfunder page.

 

The latest edition of What’s On, Govanhill Baths art sand events programme, is now available. Highlights include, Kenmure Street – A Festival of Resistance on the 13th and 14th of May. We’ve teamed with our partners, The Pollokshields Trust and dozens of pro-migrant, anti racist and community groups, to celebrate the historic victory in stopping the Home Office deporting two of our neighbours. It’s going to be a very special couple of days.

Click to view an online version of the edition

Click to view and download the print edition (PDF)

Two Permanent Works in the new Baths Building

Govanhill Baths is excited to announce two public art commissions for the building reopening as a Wellbeing Centre in 2023. We are seeking two Glasgow-based artists and keen to receive applications from people who self-identify as being from groups that are underrepresented in the arts. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their commitment to the grassroots activism represented by the work of the Govanhill Baths and to socially engaged arts practice.

1. Timeline Mural

The Trust is seeking an artwork that captures the full, varied, and exciting history of Govanhill Baths and the wider community it serves. That history extends from the municipalisation of Glasgow in the earlier 20th century, to the recent years of activism and community empowerment.
The Timeline Mural will be on wall that extends from the east side of the building that is the boundary of the Peace Garden. Although fixed to the wall the mural does not have to be 2D. We will be interested to receive proposals that allow the mural to be received via multiple senses.

2. Glass Balustrade and Screen

The Trust is seeking engaging artwork for a glass balustrade and screen, prominently located in the foyer, at the main entrance and exit of the building. The artwork will reflect the history of the Baths since the occupation of the building in 2001, the depth of engagement with the community and the grassroots activism at the core of the culture of the organisation.

Each commission has a budget of £7500, includes fee and production, to be managed by the artist and Arts Manager.

Click to download the Artist Brief and how to apply

Deadline 9am, 25 April 2022

 

 

Cartoon of people standing in row holding signs saying Occupy.

Owning land or buildings is an exciting step for a community group. As you move forward with your plans for ownership, it is important to involve everyone. This short new guide helps community groups consider how they engage with their local community and get ideas for improvement. It was produced by Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Community Land Scotland. Firstly, Community Land Scotland describes some key considerations and then we explain what Govanhill Baths achieved and how we work to involve everyone.

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Diving board

An exciting opportunity exists for two enthusiastic and hard-working individuals to join the team of staff and volunteers at the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT). We are looking to recruit two Community Engagement Trainees who will learn about and support the GBCT Archive and Heritage Team, with a specific focus on engaging the hard-to-reach communities in Govanhill. 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 Govanhill.

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