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 an Arts Co-ordinator to develop and coordinate the delivery of the Govanhill Baths Arts (GBArt) Programme.

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.

Deadline for applications is 9:00am 09 July 2020. Interviews will be held on 13 July 2020.

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With the ethos of strengthening the community resilience through peer support and joint learning, Govanhill Baths Community Trust has been actively engaging with the Somali Association in Glasgow, the Friends of Romano Lav and the local Irish community to strengthen their organisations during the pandemic.

We have secured Wellbeing funding which is being used by the organisations towards hiring and training community workers, drivers and activity facilitators, as well as covering the costs for volunteer expenses, the distribution of food and Mother and Toddler packs. Their community workers are developing, together with our Learning and Outreach officer, fun and educational activity packs that the whole family can enjoy. Irish residents have now access to a befriending and signposting program.

We are also developing a series of training sessions on how to engage the community through virtual platforms, building on and sharing the successful experiences we’ve had so far. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about this initiative: email community@govanhillbaths.com

We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances we are delaying the launch of the People’s Pantry. We are hoping to be able to open it in the first part of July.  For more information please email:  community@govanhillbaths.com

We aim to provide crucial wellbeing support to members of the Irish community who may be experiencing difficulties at this time.

We can offer:

  • Telephone befriending
  • Support you to access services
  • Access to the Govanhill Baths Wellbeing Packs and
    Activities
  • Provision of food from The People’s Pantry

The type of support provided will be tailored to the needs of the individual on a one-to-one basis. Get in touch, even for a chat and let us know how we can help you.

Text/call: 07751 294302

Email: paula@govanhillbaths.com

 

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Govanhill Baths will always be committed to being anti-racist and standing in solidarity with anti-racists here and internationally, and in challenging racism, prejudice and bigotry. Our history and traditions are informed by bringing people together to advance change, to challenge injustice and to oppose racism and discrimination – and supporting others in doing so.

Govanhill Baths has a long record of being at the centre of the community it serves, supports and works with. We have through the decades been proud to reflect the rich diversity and multi-cultural character of Govanhill: an area often called Glasgow’s Ellis Island. As the first port of sanctuary and settlement for people coming to this city from all over the world looking for refuge and a better life, Govanhill has a reputation for inclusivity and welcoming incomers.

Across those years the people of Govanhill and those associated with the Baths have stood in solidarity with those who opposed anti-Irish prejudice in the 1920s and 1930s, with anti-fascist campaigners in the 1930s and 1940s, anti-racism activists in the 1970s and 1980s, and with the Roma community who came to the area in the past two decades.

Since 2001 Govanhill Baths has evolved through the initial ‘Save Our Pool’ campaign into a community-run hub and centre for local regeneration, creativity and culture, and health and wellbeing. In all the work we do we aim to put anti-racism and support for diversity and multi-culturalism at the core of what we do – the difference we try to make and the values we embody.

In this spirit and tradition Govanhill Baths supports unequivocally Black Lives Matter: its campaign, cause and principles. This is both an international inspiration, and one relevant to the UK, Scotland, Glasgow and Govanhill. Black Lives Matter has to be embedded in what we do and what we demand of others in putting anti-racism and black and ethnic minority people at the centre of our services and work, listening and respecting people who face discrimination and racism daily and structurally, and working to challenge those attitudes and systems.

Govanhill Baths commits to continuing to work to put such values at the heart of all we do, to work in solidarity with others, and to continually assess and re-evaluate all of our work to make the maximum difference. The tradition of Govanhill International Festival and Carnival to take one example is now in its fourth year, and has platformed our commitment to diversity, anti-racism, celebrating multi-culturalism, and aiding the many different voices of our community find a platform and respect.
Govanhill Baths stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We believe we can live in a world without racism and racial inequality, and invite others to be part of that world with us.

Black Lives Matter

Combating racism is something which should matter to all of us and is central to the work and principles of Govanhill Baths and all that we do. We recognise our role in Govanhill in combatting racism, bigotry and discrimination, and working with others to aid the defeat of such prejudice.

We define ourselves by a commitment to anti-racism in everything we say and do. We stand in solidarity and common cause with all those in Govanhill and beyond who share such similar values. Central to this is listening to the voices of black and ethnic minority individuals and communities and understanding their experiences.

We stand for a Govanhill without racism, discrimination and prejudice and will work with others to aid bringing this about. We invite others to work with us to bring about a world defined by equality, justice, and respect for all. Together we know that we are stronger and that what unites us is more important than what divides us.

Whats On Govanhill Baths

Govanhill Baths has a wide range of ongoing activities to help support you during the Lockdown. Click here to find out more and join in!

Following Government guidelines, Govanhill Baths Community Trust has postponed all Arts, Health and Wellbeing classes. Like many organisations, we are looking to deliver our activities online or at a distance. As we create a programme of activities, please get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions. Also, we will be putting together Art and Craft Activity Packs (details coming soon). If you would like a pack delivered, please contact joanna@govanhillbaths.com or on 07727 146 178 (Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm).

Finding a way to structure your day, keeping in contact with people on the phone and engaging in some art activities and gentle exercise at home, could really help bring some joy and much-needed distraction in this unsettling time. We will keep updating our website and Facebook page and click to sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest activities we are running.

We have a number of suggestions from other organisations on creative ideas to do at home and links to important services. Click to find out more.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve received funding from the NHS Endowment Fund and Investing in Communities Fund to expand our Wellbeing Programme and introduce Social Prescribing in the southside of Glasgow. We’ll be offering a wide variety of arts, health and wellbeing classes to improve physical and mental health, and increase social connections within community. We’ll be working with local artists, facilitators, community groups and the NHS to deliver this person-centred programme. We’d love to hear from you about the activities you want to do. Send your ideas over to joanna@govanhillbaths.com or call 0141 433 2999.

Elsewhere at The Baths we’re launching the South City Way Public Art work at the start of April, and at the end hosting an exhibition by Fabric of Society, a self-organising collective of four artists exploring associations fabric has with constructions of womanhood and identity. Through until May our Archive has a programme of free events celebrating the street protests, including an exhibition of banners from the history of Govanhill Baths, with a new banner by St Brides Primary School. Information on these and much more is inside.

Finally, like so many areas, Govanhill is deeply affected by the impact of government ‘austerity’ policies. This has resulted in a massive increase in food poverty and inequality, a scourge affecting 10,000s of people every single day including children. As part of the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths, we’re opening one of the first Community Food Pantries in Scotland. Pantries provide dignified and sustainable support to those in most need and we’re asking for your help in raising funds. Check the back cover for more details and please join us if you can.

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Dear Friends!

As of Friday 20th of March Govanhill Baths Community Trust has decided to postpone all programmes and activities until further notice in order to keep everyone safe and protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Most of our programmes will either be on hold, or where possible, held in alternative formats with the exception of the Govanhill Youth Club which will operate in a limited capacity outdoors. In addition, the DeepEnd will be open only to studio holders and businesses.

All our staff will be working from home and can be contacted via email, see below for direct links.

We will keep you updated on news over the upcoming days and weeks on what we have to offer. Please keep an eye out for our What’s On Programme which will be updated weekly. Click to subscribe now.

We want to find alternative ways to come together during this time of uncertainty, stay connected with one another in a time when many are feeling anxious and isolated. We are committed to keeping communication lines open, you can email us below or engage with us on facebook or twitter.

Programme contact leads
Wellbeing Programme: Joanna Young joanna@govanhillbaths.com
Rags to Riches: Blanche Gorency ragstoriches@govanhillbaths.com
Govanhill Archives and Heritage: Paula Larkin archive@govanhillbaths.com
Learning and Outreach: Katherine Midgley katherine@govanhillbaths.com
DeepEnd Venue: Stevie West Deepend@govanhillbaths.com
Govanhill Baths Art: Jim Monaghan jim@govanhillbaths.com
Govanhill Youth Club: Angie Christie youth@govanhillbaths.com

Keep safe, look out for for each other and support one another.

United We Will Swim!

From the Staff and Board of Govanhill Baths