Our exciting new Wellbeing project launches today!

Govanhill Baths Community Trust is launching an innovative project to support and improve people’s wellbeing.

In collaboration with artist and illustrator Jem Milton, we are distributing free postcard packs in Govanhill through shops, community groups, and GPs for people to collect.

Each pack contains six commissioned designs that focus on a simple activity or exercise that people can follow to improve their health, relax or be creative.

The cards include simple and accessible practices for yoga, mindfulness, Shiatsu and breathing, along with drawing, poetry and mask-making. Each pack also contains extra postcards for people to give to a friend or neighbour.

Our Arts, Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Joanna Young, describes the project:

“We want to invite people to actively join in by making each postcard their very own, by colouring it in, adding to the drawings or writing a motivational note to help during this challenging time. We would be delighted if people would like to share their postcards with the rest of the community after they’ve decorated them, and we have added a free post envelope so they can send them back to us if they wish to do so. We will then use them to make a public art piece in Govanhill for all to enjoy. This will have people’s messages of hope for themselves and the whole community as we get ready to move on from COVID-19.”

Our website has a host of additional resources that accompany the postcard activities with videos and advice for each postcard topic.

To find out more visit: www.govanhillbaths.com/postcards

Come for a one-day session with us, where you can use textures and stamps to make beautiful decorations for your tree or mantlepiece. Once completed they will be glazed and fired for you to collect. Choose from Sunday 15th November or Sunday 29th November. Both days run from 10am – 1pm.

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Category Is Books and Govanhill Baths Community Trust are delighted to present The Govanhill Queer Community Banner, a celebration of our diverse community.
Working with poet Dean Atta and artist gainAgain (Drew Taylor Wilson), the banner weaves together words and imagery by the queer community about collective experiences, histories, relationships and life in Govanhill, creating a beautiful snapshot of the Glasgow Southside’s queer community.

The banner can be viewed on the following days and times, in line with current Scottish Government guidelines:

Monday 2 – Friday 13 November 2020

Mondays and Tuesdays in the Category is Books window, 34 Allison Street, G42 8NN

Wednesday – Friday (12-4pm) and Saturday (12-2pm) at The Deep End courtyard*, 21 Nithsdale Street, G41 2PZ
*Maximum 6 people in the courtyard, from up-to 2 households/bubbles.

Please adhere to the 2 meter social distancing, the courtyard is an outdoor space but we encourage those who can to please wear a face covering.

Enter the courtyard down the ramp. Please note there are no public toilet facilities or indoor access.

A special thank you to everyone who contributed to and is part of this beautiful collective work and to the artists Dean and Drew.

Thank you to Glasgow Life Arts Development Scheme who funded the project.

Community Land Scotland are looking for artists to work closely with Urban Community Landowners: Govanhill Baths, Bridgend Farmhouse and Greener Kirkcaldy for a new project Urban Journeys. This call-out is for three separate commission opportunities (please see individual briefs in links) to work collaboratively with these Urban Community Landowners and creatively, visually or otherwise, tell their individual journeys of “ownership” and its relevance and impact for each trust’s work and place.

Urban Journeys aims to dig down into these individual stories of ownership both for the urban landowners themselves, their communities and for others who are inspired to learn more about the impact community ownership can have for our local places. Artists will work closely within their commission to creatively tell, and find active ways to share, these stories to inspire and be a resource for other groups and communities in exploring the possibilities of ownership for themselves.

Click to find out more and how to apply

The 8th annual Govanhill Poetry Splash takes place on National Poetry Day (Thu 01October). For the first time it will be an online event due to COVID restrictions.

Staring back in 2012, the Poetry Splash had featured some of Scotland’s best known poets and spoken word artists including Liz Lochhead, Tom Leonard, Harry Josephine Giles, Darren “Loki” McGarvey, Jenny Lindsay, Robin Cairns and many others.

This year the featured poets are Jenny Foulds, Nasim Ali, Mitchell Robertson and Iona Lee with music from Zara Gladman. Hosted by Jim Monaghan, it will take place on Mark McGhee’s You Call That Radio? platform and can be watched live on Youtube, Twitch or Facebook.

Click for more details on how to watch it online

Remade Network is a social enterprise that sets up collaborative repair hubs with communities. Our first project, ‘The Repair Stop’ has just launched in Govanhill, at 21 Nithsdale Street, working collaboratively with Govanhill Baths Community Trust, Repair Cafe Glasgow, Glasgow Tool Library, The Pram Project and Glasgow City Council. We provide affordable repairs in household goods and run a desktop distribution project to support vulnerable people across Glasgow, supported by the Scottish Government.

We are growing our business operations and this senior role will develop and manage projects and contracts, support our growing team, manage and develop relationships with our key partners and ensure compliance across all operations.

Closing date Friday, 11 September 2020.

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Refurbished entrance

Govanhill Baths recognise that these are difficult, uncertain times for people – locally, across Scotland and globally. We therefore felt it was important to let people know what we are doing, where plans for our building are and what other activities we are undertaking.

We are committed to being a part of our community and the regeneration of our neighbourhood – led by and for the needs of local people, and we will do all in our power to remain true to this vision.

To do so we have to operate in an increasingly difficult environment – financially and in terms of our partners and the pressures on them and local services. This has become more acute since the start of the year, with work on progressing the restoration of Govanhill Baths not being straightforward and suffering complications and delays due to the COVID19 pandemic.

We are committed to delivering and remaining true to our vision and to being as accountable and transparent as possible in what we do. The main capital project of Govanhill Baths aims to restore the ladies and learner pools and create a new gym and other community facilities along with a café while making the remainder of the baths wind and watertight, and was put out to tender immediately prior to lockdown.

The construction sector was badly hit by lockdown with companies closing down and staff on furlough and as a result we are still working through clarifications of the tender returns.  Now lockdown is easing, construction is slowly getting going once more. Although we have had unavoidable delays, we are now nearly at the point of confirming project costs.

We also face the complications – as happens in many ambitious construction projects – of the tenders coming in over budget. This has meant we have had to go through a ‘value engineering’ exercise to bring costs and expenditure into alignment while looking for additional funding. None of this has been aided by COVID19 which has introduced additional constraints on working in the building and making sure all site personnel are safe.

We are committed to making the main capital project of Govanhill Baths happen and are in discussions with all our funders – including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Lottery Community Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Glasgow City Council, and the Scottish Government. We hope and expect that our long-term relationships with all of our funders will continue to see them view the baths as a priority, ‘shovel ready’ project for Govanhill and as an exemplar to others of local led regeneration.

We know that the delays in bringing about the regeneration and renewal of Govanhill Baths are deeply frustrating and that in these difficult times the work of a community led health and well-being centre such as ours is more important than it ever was. The world is not going back to any kind of ‘normalcy’ anytime soon, and that means that the energy, commitment and support which thousands of local people have shown in the idea of Govanhill Baths will be centrestage in all of our work over the coming period.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust has also been active during the COVID19 pandemic working with the community, local people and groups, strengthening and nurturing local relationships, building capacity and solidarity, and supporting and involving a range of community partners. In all our work we recognise the centrality of community voice and have been involved in setting up a range of services and initiatives – some of which are listed below:

  • A new digital inclusion project in partnership with Remade Network delivering 250 refurbished personal computers to the local community and a further 250 to wider Glasgow residents.
  • Supporting the Somali Association, Romano Lav and the Irish Community- 600+ people on a weekly basis in delivering emergency response activities (including 450 food parcels, 100+ mother-toddler essentials, and 100+children’s activity packs) to their communities with Wellbeing Fund resources.
  • A new Govanhill Youth Club with Rumpus Room for summer food programme for 40 young people as well as opening its new dedicated Youth Base on Cathcart road.
  • A new Street Music event for Govanhill Festival involving 60 musicians in partnership with Ando Glaso, Music Broth and Big Noise through Govanhill Creative Group.
  • Supporting Romano Lav to procure and distribute new tablets to 115 Roma children from the local area.
  • A new Asylum seekers and Refugees Covid Support programme through Scottish Refugee Council supporting 50+ refugees and asylum seekers with food and digital technology
  • A new Somali Association elderly walking group and a family well-being bike project with Bike for Good for 75 families.
  • The Govanhill Growing project (providing 125 residents with vegetable and flower growing packs) in partnership with Urban Roots.
  • Work towards the Govanhill Festival which is supported by Govanhill Thriving Places Creativity Group and Govanhill Community Development Trust involving 82 artists and 13 local businesses and organisations.
  • Delivering mental health creativity packs to 350+ isolated local people in the G41/G42 postcodes supported by the NHS Health Improvement Team and Women’s Health Network.
  • Delivering 500+ wellbeing postcards aimed at digitally disengaged people as the Trust’s contribution towards a Govanhill Beyond the Pandemic – a collective community artwork, celebrating the resilience and unity of our community.
  • Launching the People’s Pantry in partnership with Strath Foodsharing aimed at providing a sustainable approach to food poverty.
  • Supporting 60 shielded individuals, (elderly and those recovering from addiction) with shopping vouchers and free data.

We will be looking at ways people and the many communities which make up Govanhill can come together to celebrate and champion the diversity and richness of our area. And we welcome hearing from others their suggestions on what we can do together to make Govanhill an even more dynamic and inclusive community: a place all of us are proud to call home.

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