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.

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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

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!