Coming Soon – Rags to Riches new retail outlet

Govanhills Baths Community Trust’s award-winning upcycling project Rags to Riches have secured new premises for a retail outlet on Victoria Road.  Our team are busy preparing the shop for a planned opening in May.









The shop will sell Rags to Riches own branded products as well as a range of other upcycled products from projects and practitioners across Scotland and beyond.  If you want to know more or are interested in getting involved email Nadine

Yon Afro Collective – Glasgow International Festival 2018 at Govanhill Baths

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are delighted to announce that we will again be a venue for This year;s GI Festival, hosting Yon Afro Collective.

Glasgow International is Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art, taking place over three weeks every two years across the city of Glasgow. Renowned as a centre for contemporary art, the festival draws on the city’s strengths as a vibrant and distinctive centre of artistic production and display. Combining the characteristics of a visual arts biennial with an open submission model for artists and curators based in the city, GI is a truly unique event in the European cultural calendar.

(Re)imagining Self and raising consciousness of existence through alternative space and (re)imagined place 20 April-07 May

Featuring Najma Abukar, Layla Roxanne Hill, Rhea Lewis, Sekai Machache, and Adebusola Debora Ramsay, Yon Afro Collective (YAC) seeks to amplify the lives of women of colour in Scotland and tell stories which are often ignored.

Its latest project will consider how the Black Other is viewed. The installation will challenge the concept of positive initiatives, the performance of being ourselves, and align women of colour, Scottish and artist identities.

By presenting this alongside sculptural and other visual material, YAC examines our existence as resistance within social, political and geographical environments.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri, 1.30pm-6pm
Thu, 2pm-8pm
Sat, 11am-5pm

Statement in repsonse to RCGF funding announcement

The Board of Trustees of Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) are extremely disappointed that, for the second year in a row, The Scottish Government has decided not to support the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths through the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

We believe that the reasoning behind the decision to not award funding to Govanhill Baths is inconsistent with other projects that have been granted funding previously and in this years awards.  GBCT know that we meet all of the criteria for funding and that our project uniquely “fits the bill” for the Government’s flagship Community Empowerment and Regeneration strategies.
Nearly 600 people recently bought Community Shares in Govanhill Baths, those people are now the owners of the project and are a true example of a community “doing it for themselves”.
This news is devastating, it jeopardises the whole project and will have a demoralising effect on a community that has fought and worked so hard for 17 years to bring this vital community asset back to life.  The Trustees will be seeking answers on behalf of the shareholders and the people of Govanhill as to why our community has been ignored yet again.   We are committed to the vision and timescale for the project and are challenging the Scottish Government and our project partners to work with us in a positive and constructive manner to resolve the situation and allow us to progress the project to the benefit of the Govanhill Community

Govanhill Baths closed due to weather

Govanhill Baths will be closed to the public for Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 01 March due to the weather conditions.  All classes, appointments and room bookings are cancelled.  We hope to back open again on Friday.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes


Another Busy Weekend at The Baths

This is the last weekend chance to catch the exhibition Taking a Line for a Swim a show of works by particpants in our recent drawing classes, in the foyer. The exhibition will be open 9.30am-3.30pm on Saturday and will then only be open during office hours until 02 March.

Govanhill Theatre present Whisky Galore – a Radio Play in the Rags to Riches Studio at 7.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are £10 (£6 concession) at the door or, in advance from

What Is Our Name? is an one-off exhibition by Glasgow School of Art students Hyoney Kim, Lam Shun Hui, Roisin Cairney and Sarah Hilley, in Nessa’s Room 5-7.30pm on Friday 23rd.

And, Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Ja Live luanch a new initiative called Roots Rock Reggae Against Racism at the Rum Shack tonight (23 Feb) 8pm-1am. RRRAR emerged from the concert in Queens Park last year that featured Aswad, Misty in Roots and Black Roots and aims to use reggae music as a way to build bridges and bring people together.  there will be a series of events throughout the year, soundsystem workshops and a major concert at the time of Govanhill International Carnival.  The launch event is entry by donation and features DJs Hectorr, Junior Lazarou, Caroline Murphy and Young Andrew, with speakers Suki Sangha (STUC Black Workers Committee) and Fatima Uygun (Govanhill Against Racism).  Come along ans how your support and have a dance.



Job Opportunity – Part Time Swimming Instructor

Job Opportunity – Swimming Instructor

Govanhill Baths Community Trust is now looking for an additional swimming teacher to join our small team to support delivery of our Learn to Swim Programme. Classes are small, with 2 teachers per class working in the water to support the learners. We aim for a fun, learning environment, while our learners build water confidence and begin to master the techniques required for becoming a competent swimmer. We are particularly looking for a teacher to deliver our Monday after-school lessons. If you have a Teaching Swimming qualification and have the enthusiasm to inspire others to learn to swim, please get in touch.

Location: Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT), 99 Calder Street, Govanhill, G42 7RA

Reports to: Swimming Supervisor

Hours: Mon 15.30 – 17.30 (2 hrs), initially with potential for further hours as required

Rate of Pay: Self-Employed / Sessional – from £10 per hour, dependant on qualifications and experience

Start Date: as soon as possible

Role: Support the delivery of swimming lessons to individuals in class lessons to ensure that they each progress at their own pace.


  • UKCC / STA / ASA Level 1 or Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification
  • RLSS National Pool Lifeguard qualification (or equivalent) – desirable
  • Current PVG Scheme Member
  • Experience working with children and adults

To Apply: Please email your CV and covering letter to Car Stevenson –

For more information: please contact Car Stevenson –


Govanhill Baths Arts Events in February

February is another busy month at The Baths, and also sees the launch of a Community Interest Company that has emerged out of last year’s Govanhill International Carnival.

Our latest art exhibition in the foyer launches today (February 06).  TAKING A LINE FOR A SWIM is a show of work by the participants from our evening drawing class.  Its free and will be available to view during opening hours until Friday March 02.

Govanhill Theatre presents a “Radio” version of Compton McKenzie’s “Whisky Galore” in the studio Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February at 7.30pm.  Tickets are available at

ROOTS ROCK REGGAE AGAINST RACISM (RRRAR) is a new CIC launched in the wake of last year’s Govanhill International Carnival.  During the Carnival we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the historic Rock Against Racism movement with a concert in Queens Park featuring reggae legends Aswad, Misty in Roots and Black Roots, launched by Jeremy Corbyn.  RRRAR is the brainchild of one of the organisers of that event, Jah Live!  Their launch takes place at The Rum Shack on Friday 23 February, we hope you can join us at the first of many regular events.

International Womens Day Festival at Govanhill Baths

Women and the 21 st Century Environment

A Festival for International Women’s Day 2018

07 – 10 March 2018

Supported by Glasgow Life Vibrancy Fund

International Women’s Day began in 1909 in New York as a celebration of the movement for Women’s Rights. It was adopted by the UN in 1975 and is celebrated around the world each year on 8th March. This Festival, organised by Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Rags to Riches in conjunction with Crossroad YCA, CREW recovery group and Free Period Scotland Campaign will continue that tradition of celebrating the movement for Women’s rights.



Wed 07 Mar – Sat 10 Mar

The Foyer Govanhill Baths

The exhibition will kick-off the Festival with a launch on Wednesday 07 March with a talk by Victoria Heaney of Free Period Scotland. For the duration of the exhibition a collection of donations of period products will take place which will be given to Glasgow Womens’s Night Shelter for Refugees.



Thu 08 March 2018

A series of workshops looking at the environmental impact of disposable sanitary products and a chance to learn new skills in a safe and relaxed environment. 

Workshop 1 Enviromenstrual

This workshop will include a discussion around the disposal and environmental impact of menstrual products.We will also support participants to create their own re-usable menstrual pads using basic sewing skills.

Workshops 2 PANTS! – Make Your Own

This workshop will involve gaining skills to make your own pants out of recycled textile materials.

Workshop 3 Liberation Poster Printing

Upcycled printing workshop themed around gender, environment and climate adaptation slogans

Workshop 4 Enviromenstrual

A repeat of Workshop 1 for in the evening providing access for those who  are not able to attend the day workshop.

These workshops are women only and are FREE, to register for the workshops contact Nadine



Fri 09 and Sat 10 March 2018

Confessionals by Victoria McNulty

Fri 09 Mar 7.30pm

Confessionals by Victoria McNulty is a story of domestic violence and Glasgows football culture, fist performed at the Visible Womens Festival and now published by Speculative Books.

The Drift by Hannah Lavery

Sat 10 Mar 7.30pm

The Drift by writer and poet Hanna Lavery is a one-woman show looking at issues of identity and the colonial experience. It was first performed as part of the Workers Theatre Megaphone Residencies for women of colour.

Entry by donation

This is NOT a Burns Night

Nae rituals, nae offal, nae bevvy, just poetry.

On Thursday 25th January at 7,30pm we are back again for our annual poetry event on Burns night.  Govanhill Baths is delighted to present some of Scotland’s finest wordsmiths featuring Marc Sherland, Angie Strachan, Finola Scott, Darren “Loki” McGarvey and Magi Gibson.

Tickets are available online at

Re-Advertisement – Job Opportunity with Rags to Riches

Rags to Riches, our award-winning upcycling project, is looking for a Manager for our new retail outlet. A full job description and details of how to apply are included below.


Rags to Riches Retail Manager

Application form Rags to Riches Retail Manager

Start and Finish: 26th February 2018 – 30th February 2020

Salary: £23,800 plus 3% pension

Hours: Full time. 35 Hours, Flexible working shifts around a six day week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday and Friday 10am-7pm.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) for a customer focused, dynamic and passionate Retail Manager to join our Rags to Riches new Upcycling Outlet in Victoria Road, Govanhill.

The successful candidate will have experience in managing a Retail Outlet and extensive knowledge of the Upcycling Sector in Scotland

Job Role:
The Rags to Riches Retail Manager, will report directly to the Rags to Riches Manager and be responsible for delivering the commercial excellence of our new Retail Outlet. They will be the role model for exceptional customer service and through inspirational leadership develop your team of staff and volunteers to be ambassadors for Rags to Riches and the Scottish Upcycling sector. They will combine experience, commercial insight and excellent visual merchandising skills to continually grow the success of Rags to Riches and the Scottish Upcycling Network.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the operational and financial management of the Retail Outlet
  • Manage the creation of practical workloads for staff and volunteers
  • Responsible for online marketing and sales of products, events and courses
  • Work with the Project Manager and Product Development Manager to procure stock
  • Reporting insights into customer buying patterns
  • Work with the Project Manager to increase sales and grow the Retail Outlet and the Scottish Upcycling Network
  • Responsible, under the terms of the Trust policies and relevant legislation, for providing a safe working environment that is conducive to the well-being of employees, volunteers and contractors.
  • Stay abreast with and ensure that the Trust operates in accordance with developments in legislation relevant to its work.

Essential Experience:

  • Experience working as a Retail Manager
  • Experience in working within or knowledge of the Upcycling sector
  • Managed turnovers of at least £50k per year
  • Experience in online marketing and sales of merchandise
  • Experience in working with an accounting system such as Sage
  • Will have managed a small to medium sized team of staff and/or volunteers
  • Strong creative visual experience/aesthetic
  • Extensive knowledge of/or experience of working within a deprived community
  • High levels of professionalism and organisational skills

Desirable Experience

  • Managing a social enterprise
  • Aware of issues of racism, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Drivers Licence

Applications: CVs will not be accepted. Applications for the post must be made by:-

  1. Completing the Application Form, and;
  2. 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 9th of February 2018

Return by email-

Return by post- Nadine Gorency, Rags to Riches Manager, 99 Calder street, G42 7RA

Interviews: Candidates selected for interview will be notified on the 12th of February. Interviews will take place on 16th February. Please be aware that unfortunately GBCT cannot accommodate interviews outside of this date.

Employment commencing: Monday the 26th of February 2018


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