Our Wellbeing, Arts and Health programme in partnership with Govanhill Doctors Surgery is currently piloting a 6-month social prescribing initiative.

Throughout lockdown we’ve been working with Community Link Practitioners to create arts and crafts, gardening and wellbeing packs for patients.

We’re now running two tailored classes and have commissioned custom-made distraction boxes for anyone using self-harm as a coping mechanism:

Social Prescribing Walking Group (weekly on a Friday)

Gentle outdoor exercises with a friendly group of people. Also learn more about birds, trees and plants as you walk. Walks will be both on and off paths.

Social Prescribing Gardening Group (weekly on a Saturday)

Gentle morning of gardening, chatting round a fire or walking in the nearby woods. For anyone new or experienced in gardening, whether for growing your food or to spend more time outside.

Distraction Boxes: (Designed by artist Sarah Leal)

Sarah says: “I have based this box around the concept of wellbeing. Now what is wellbeing? It really compromises two things, one is feeling good and the other one is functioning well. They sound pretty simple and straightforward but most human beings will admit that they are far from being simple. Personally, what makes me feel good and function well is a combination of little things which include self care, connecting with myself and others, being active and learning.”

The box contains different tips, objects, words and kindness to help people understand what it is that they enjoy doing or making, what makes them feel hopeful.

To book onto any of these activities, people speak to their Community Link Practitioner at Govanhill Doctors Surgery, or email hayden@govanhillbaths.com to self refer.

Here is some text that you could share about Community Link Practitioner’s and how to access them

About Community Links Practitioners

Community Links Practitioners  work with people to help them address the issues that matter to them. They find out what’s happening in the community and can help people to access services, support or activities that might be of interest to them. They talk about what is going on in a person’s life, taking the time to listen and identify concerns or issues. Practitioners can discuss what’s in a person’s area and whether they’d like to access anything.

To meet a Community Links Practitioner, people should ask the GP, nurse or receptionist at Govanhill Doctors Surgery to make an appointment.

Community Links Practitioners are based in Govanhill Health Centre Practice A, B and C.

Click to view Practice B’s Facebook page

Click to view Practice C’s Facebook page

(Practice A doesn’t have a page yet.)

Click for more information on Govanhill Baths’ Wellbeing, Arts and Health Programme.


The community banner (above), made for last year’s Govanhill International Festival made by local artist Sarah Leal and over 40 members of the community, is now on display in Practice A of Govanhill Doctors Surgery. There will be some newly commissioned Art going up in the surgery over the coming months.