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The latest arts and events news from Govanhill Baths in October, November and December. Including details of our October Week Craft Club to keep the kids occupied, our Christmas Fayre and Panto, and Govanhill Baths first chess tournament. Also list of all our Wellbeing, Ceramics and Upcycling workshops and classes.

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Wellbeing Programme with sunbeams

Govanhill Baths Community Trust offers a range of classes that aim to enhance the wellbeing of participants in a number of ways, including: improving physical and mental health; providing creative outlets for skills development and enhancement; facilitate employment opportunities; generate positive social networks; and, improve community cohesion.

For the 2018-2019 period, our evaluation report showed:

  • During the 2018-2019 period, statistical data revealed that:
  • 436 people took part in the Wellbeing Programme
  • A shift away from younger participants, with a large increase in those aged 35-39
  • A significant increase in participants with a disability or health condition
  • Almost double the number of LGBT participants
  • An increase in participants who are students
  • An increase in participants from outwith the immediate community
  • Wellbeing scores were significantly different between the start and end of each workshop block, signalling an overall improvement in the wellbeing of attendees.
  • Participant responses revealed that workshops were well-received and positively regarded.

Click to view the complete report (PDF)

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View our latest What’s On guide for details of all the workshops and classes we are holding up to September.

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Govanhill International Festival

The 3rd Govanhill International Festival and Carnival will launch on Thursday 1st August and run until  the 11th.

The event began in 2017 as a creative approach to combating racism and celebrate the uniqueness of Govanhill as the most diverse community in Scotland. In 2019 the festival will take place over eleven days, showcasing the rich cultural diversity of the area
– which is home to over forty nationalities speaking over sixty languages. The festival has grown to include our cultures and talents in all their forms with over fifty events: music, talks, films, performances, workshops and happenings including the first Govanhill Book Festival and the UK’s first ever Roma Film Festival. The pinnacle of all the festivities is our parade and carnival on Saturday 3rd August, bringing everyone together for a funpacked day of celebration.

We have tried to make our events free wherever we can, or affordable, and as family-friendly as possible, ensuring that the
highest quality of arts are made accessible to all. Let us remember, no matter what our background and heritage, we
are all Govanhillians. It is diversity that makes Govanhill great. Let’s celebrate our unique and vibrant community with pride!

Click to download the full Festival Programme (PDF)

Deep End

The Deep End – Govanhill Baths Arts Space

The Deep End is a new arts space and social enterprise developed by Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT). The space will accommodate Govanhill Baths Arts (GBArt) Space, Rags to Riches Studios, Govanhill Baths Ceramics, Workshop Spaces and Meeting Rooms.

Creativity has always been at the heart of our campaign to save Govanhill Baths and will be the focus of this new, vibrant, making and learning space. Our aim is to provide our programmes, artists, makers, creators and community groups from the local area with inspiring spaces and places to work. The Deep End space has been designed with the aim of meeting the needs of contemporary arts practitioners and makers, providing an accessible and welcoming venue promoting interaction between the creative industries and audiences.

Nestled down a lane in Strathbungo, with its own driveway, The Deep End is a safe and secure space of 900 square meters with a sheltered urban courtyard of 130 square meters. It is a short walk from Govanhill Baths and with excellent public transport links.

Studio spaces available for creative people

We have six self-contained 14 square meters lockable studios available, and two larger (16.5 square meters) ‘shopfront’ studios with their own front door and window. All studios have 24-hour access and unlimited Wi-Fi. All services are included and there are reduced rates for accessing the Rags to Riches studios, workshops and Govanhill Baths Ceramics studio.
Monthly rental for the smaller studios is £230 and for the shopfronts £430 and includes Wi-Fi and all utility costs. We will rent on a month-to-month basis. You may decide to share your studio but each studio will have only one lease holder.

To apply for space with us, we ask that you provide the following:

  • Tell us why you want to join Govanhill Baths at The Deep End
  • Tell us what sort of tools or equipment you would use in your studio

Send all this information to: info@govanhillbaths.com

Please get in touch to arrange a viewing of the arts spaces be emailing the previous address or calling 0141 433 2999.

Studios available from the 1 May 2019.

Places will be allocated after interview and will be subject to a three month trial period. A deposit of one month’s rent will be required. Payment will be by standing order, in advance.

Refurbished entrance

The Govanhill Baths Community Trust is recruiting a Treasurer to join a dynamic board to take forward the reopening of the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre in 2021. We’re looking for an experience finance professional who will be the lead for the board in all financial matters.

These are exciting times for the Govanhill Baths Community Trust. After 18 years of determined campaigning the GBCT has been awarded substantial grant money to begin work on bringing the building back into operation. We expect to have raised the full £6.4 million needed to start the restoration and refurbishment of the building by March 2019. We have been successful in securing community investment of over £280,000 by issuing community shares in the project and will be transferring our operations to a community benefit society when the building opens.

The refurbishment is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will bring into service the Ladies’ pool, Learners’ pool, Turkish Suite and Sauna, Gym, a Community Kitchen/Cafe and Multipurpose community spaces. While the former public washhouse, or ‘steamie’, will be turned into a theatre venue and community events and arts space.

Working alongside the Govanhill Baths Preservation Trust which is managing the capital redevelopment of the building, the Govanhill Bath Community Trust will be maintaining a diverse programme of arts and wellbeing activities in the community, developing an outreach programme to keep people informed about the redevelopment and doing the ground work to put systems and procedures in place for when the building reopens.

We expect that Board members are committed to helping the Trust re-open the Baths as a Wellbeing Centre and contribute to the social, cultural and built regeneration of Govanhill as a community on the Southside of Glasgow.

As Treasurer you will be responsible for maintaining an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs, safeguarding its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial procedures and records are maintained. Therefore we are specifically looking for someone with charity accounts and finance experience to take on the role of Treasurer, it would be helpful if applicants had an accountancy qualification but this isn’t required. This is a voluntary position.

Look at our website to find out more about the wide ranging work of the GBCT. For all enquiries and for an application pack please contact alex@govanhillbaths.com

The Board currently meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Govanhill Baths office, 126 Calder street (opposite the Baths).

Deadline to apply: 28th April 2019

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Find out about our latest news and events in our What’s On guide. Including classes for our Wellbeing Programme, Rags to Riches Workshops, our new arts space, and much more! Pick up a copy from us or click to read online now!

Rags to Riches Business Development and Marketing Officer (p/t)

Salary: £14 per hour

Hours: 16 hours a week for 6 months from 13 May to 14 October 2019

Start Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Are you interested in working in one of the most innovative, exciting environmental projects in the Scotland? For the past 6 years Rags to Riches has developed and delivered a range of innovative upcycling projects? Today we have become a leader in the upcycling field delivering innovation, social and environmental change.

Job Role

We are looking for a creative Business Development and Marketing Officer with extensive experience in business development to help us communicate our message, help people access our upcycling services and products, and importantly, grow the business across Scotland into a self sustaining social enterprise.

Key Responsibilities

  • Deliver a robust business plan for the project with the aim of growing the business over the next 5 years
  • Producing and implementing an effective marketing strategy to secure markets for Rags to Riches products and services
  • Preparing, planning and project managing the publication of all publicity material to maximise R2R brand and products promotion
  • Planning and project managing marketing events and evaluating their success

Experience Necessary

  • Have a good track record and extensive experience in business development role along with extensive experience in a marketing role
  • Strong and confident communicator
  • Excellent copywriting skills and experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop, and other graphic design software
  • Be able to take direction and communicate effectively at all levels
  • Confident person who is self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Be pro-active, approachable innovative and analytical
  • Energetic, passionate, driven individual capable of delivering a wide range of projects at pace.
  • Have strong written and communications skills
  • The role will require travel within Glasgow and outwith
  • Knowledge or interest of upcycling sector

Applications: Please send us a CV and a Covering Letter, on not more than 1 side of A4 using Arial 12 point, outlining how you meet the required skills and why you would like the post.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on the Friday 12  April 2019

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 24 April 2019. Please be aware that unfortunately GBCT cannot accommodate interviews via Skype or outside of this date.

Return by email – ragstoriches@govanhillbaths.com

Return by post- Nadine Gorency, Rags to Riches Manager, GBCT, 126 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7QP

This project is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government under the Social Economy Growth Fund.

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Refurbished Ladies Pool

Govanhill Baths have been successful in receiving funding from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund 2019/20 (RCGF), the joint Scottish Government and COSLA investment fund.

Funding of £2.15m will support Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) towards the aim of fully reopening our beloved baths for the local population and the people of Glasgow and key areas of this important Edwardian building to its original function. The refurbished spaces will also support the expansion of existing social enterprise initiatives for people in Govanhill, designed to respond to the needs of local people, providing opportunities for employment, volunteering and vocational development.

With all the funding now in place the refurbishment of the Baths can now begin in the summer of 2019.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust Chair, Alex Wilde, commented:
‘We are delighted to have this final piece of the jigsaw in place to finally start the redevelopment of the Goavnhill Baths. This success has been hard fought for and a result of the endless perseverance and determination by the Trust and its supporters. There is more hard work to come but the goal of restoring a much loved building and a creating a high quality Wellbeing facility for the community of Govanhill is within sight.’

David Cook, Project Director for the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths, added:
“This is great news for the health and wellbeing of the Govanhill community and a testament to many years of hard work from the Govanhill Baths team and their determination to bring the historic Baths back into sustainable use as an asset for Govanhill and Glasgow. This positive development means we now have the funding to start the tender process so we can get a contractor in place later in the year and then the community will start seeing progress.”

Black and white archive photo of Royal Samaritan Hospital

Vacancy: Project Co-ordinator
Loved and Lost: Govanhill’s Built Heritage Project

1st April to 21st June 2019

Fee: £500 (38 hours work @ £13.00 an hour) spread over 12 weeks. Possibility of continuation depending on funding.
Location: Based at Govanhill Baths office and locations across Govanhill.

GBCT is looking for a Project Co-ordinator who is passionate about local history to oversee the research and delivery of a book on the local built heritage of Govanhill.


  • Organise and support a history group to inform the project (evening work)
  • Liaise with author and GBCT Archivist as necessary
  • Keep project to time and budget
  • Liaise with desktop publisher/designer as necessary
  • Evaluate and monitor project

Skills and Experience

  • Experience in co-ordinating community heritage projects
  • Experience in working on heritage publications
  • Experience in working with community based history groups

Application Process

If you wish to apply please email a CV and a cover letter, on no more than one side of A4, outlining your skills and experience relevant to the post to Fatima Uygun, Trust Manager.

Email: fatima@govanhillbaths.com
Tel: 0141 433 2999

About The Project
Loved and Lost: Govanhill’s Built Heritage project involves the production of a book identifying, investigating and celebrating some of the buildings and businesses in and around Govanhill that have played a significant role in the history of the area, many of which no longer exist while others have been transformed or repurposed for new activities.

At Govanhill Baths, we’re very conscious of the historical significance of our building and in our engagement with the community we’ve consistently encouraged greater awareness of local history, not just of our own building but all the spaces and places that have been an integral part of Govanhill at one time or another. Our book will look at some of the buildings that have shaped the history of this unique area and help celebrate that history.

The publication will be launched as part of a community heritage conference (funding dependent) in August at the Govanhill Book Festival as part of the Govanhill International Festival and Carnival.

Deadline to apply: 5pm Thursday 14th March 2019
Interviews: Wednesday 20th March 2019

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