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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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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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We are creating an urban ‘allotment’ area on Carfin Street in Govanhill, Glasgow. Anyone living on Carfin Street and the surrounding nearby area can apply for use of a planter to grow fruit and veg. Central to the project is the fact that the produce will be grown so close to the participants’ homes.

Our aim is to give local people access to high quality produce in an area with high levels of food insecurity, give skills in growing and cooking, create opportunities for social connection, improve physical and mental wellbeing, and help people take back some control of their food system.

To deliver this we are seeking a self-employed facilitator who will be responsible for conducting community consultation work, recruiting participants to the project, and designing and delivering a series of workshops and support sessions with project participants.

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The Ensemble Upvention is a new community music project, transforming discarded objects into sounds and music. It’s part upcycling and part performance. Govanhill Baths had the fantastic Trash Orchestra before and we are now continuing that spirit.

We are starting with evening sessions on Wednesdays 2 and 9 March 2022  at The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow G41 2PZ. The sessions will continue on Wednesday evenings until at least August.

This project also has an international element. We’ve found an organisation called S27 in Berlin (https://www.s27.de/) who have loads in common with Govanhill Baths. They’re described as ‘a city laboratory for creative research’ and their work includes providing living and recreation space for young people, work integration of refugees and the future of urban culture. And they’ve been making musical instruments from waste. This project will be part of the exchange we are building with S27. We’ll be linking musical ideas, swapping some of the things we are making and sending field recordings that will become part of the music.

Whether you have existing musical skills or not, your energy and commitment to working in this new team will be very welcome.

We are starting with introductory evening sessions on Wednesdays 2 and 9 March 2022 at The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow G41 2PZ. You can come to both but don’t worry if you can’t make it to one of them.

The sessions will continue on Wednesday evenings until at least August when we’re aiming for a gig at the Govanhill Carnival, with some outings before then. We need people who will enjoy this as it develops over time.

If you wondering what it might look like, these links might help:

The Trash Orchestra: https://fb.watch/bjmXa5Od7F/

Stomp: https://youtu.be/93t6bCnAvk4?t=17

The Vegetable Orchestra: https://youtu.be/nrO38LnXP7I?t=133

Fulu Miziki: https://youtu.be/xbAirF4Ofsg

If you are interested please send us details via this online form: https://bit.ly/BathsUpvention

If you’re interested but reading this after the introductory session please fill out the form anyway – you never know!