We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve received funding from the NHS Endowment Fund and Investing in Communities Fund to expand our Wellbeing Programme and introduce Social Prescribing in the southside of Glasgow. We’ll be offering a wide variety of arts, health and wellbeing classes to improve physical and mental health, and increase social connections within community. We’ll be working with local artists, facilitators, community groups and the NHS to deliver this person-centred programme. We’d love to hear from you about the activities you want to do. Send your ideas over to joanna@govanhillbaths.com or call 0141 433 2999.

Elsewhere at The Baths we’re launching the South City Way Public Art work at the start of April, and at the end hosting an exhibition by Fabric of Society, a self-organising collective of four artists exploring associations fabric has with constructions of womanhood and identity. Through until May our Archive has a programme of free events celebrating the street protests, including an exhibition of banners from the history of Govanhill Baths, with a new banner by St Brides Primary School. Information on these and much more is inside.

Finally, like so many areas, Govanhill is deeply affected by the impact of government ‘austerity’ policies. This has resulted in a massive increase in food poverty and inequality, a scourge affecting 10,000s of people every single day including children. As part of the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths, we’re opening one of the first Community Food Pantries in Scotland. Pantries provide dignified and sustainable support to those in most need and we’re asking for your help in raising funds. Check the back cover for more details and please join us if you can.

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