Social Prescribing

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 Monday)

Looking for some gentle outdoor exercise with a friendly group of people? Wanting to learn more about birds, trees and plants as you walk? Then this group is for you! The walk will be both on and off paths, so please prepare for some areas being muddy.  We meet at Govanhill’s People’s Pantry and everyone gets a free piece of fruit at the end of the walk. Led by Stuart.    

Please dress for all the weather! Bringing layers, waterproof and comfortable footwear. You may also want to bring some water, a snack and any medication that you require.

Booking is essential as numbers are restricted. COVID-19 Rules will be observed regarding social distance and personal hygiene

About Stuart:

Hello! My name is Stuart and I have just started with Govanhills Baths with leading their new walking group around Govanhill and the surrounding area. I have lived in the area now  for 25 years and have walked most places but always find something new when I do. My background over the last 30 years is in Health education, Social care and Advocacy. Over the last 12 years I have also become a gardener, starting as a volunteer and later becoming a community gardener, running activities for the community, play sessions, cooking courses, school classes and events for health and wellbeing. I look forward to walking and talking with you!

Social Prescribing Pottery for beginners  (2nd September – 23rd September, 10.30am-12.30pm)

A four-week course suitable for beginners. Explore different techniques to make hand-built pots and sculptures including pinch, coil, slab, press moulding and tiles. Experiment with decoration and see your ideas come to life in a supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Led by Frances 

Booking is essential as numbers are restricted.  COVID-19 Rules will be observed regarding social distance and personal hygiene.  Location will be given on booking.  

What Frances says about the class:

The Wellbeing Pottery Class offers an four-week course developing the techniques of pinching, coiling, slab pots, tile making, press moulding and basic decoration using slips, underglazes and glazes. We use lightly grogged terracotta and buff clays and all pieces fully finished are suitable for household use. 

About Frances:

Frances Diver has been part of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust since it was formed, from the Save Our Pool campaign which began in 2001. She qualified in ceramics at Glasgow School of Art, has a Masters in Education and, after a stint working in a commercial pottery, taught art in schools, and outreach facilities in the southside of Glasgow for many years, and ran community classes in Pottery skills. She set up Govanhill Baths Ceramics in 2016 as a pop-up and part of the Baths Wellbeing programme and is delighted that its success has led to a permanent workshop at the Deep End.

Distraction Boxes: (Designed by artist Sarah Leal)

Made by local artist Sarah Leal, these boxes contain a variety of tips, objects, words and kindness to help people understand what it is that they enjoy doing or making, and what makes them feel hopeful.

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.”

Booking is essential at Govanhill Doctors Surgery:

Practice A: Frankie Rose, 0141 531 8350 / 07970899818 /

Practice B: Leanne Jamieson, 0141531 8383 /

Practice C: Neil Girvan, 0141 531 8323 / 07970899807 /

Or through Govanhill Baths to self refer: Joanna Young 0141 433 2999 /

Please let us know if you have any access requirements when booking.

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 or contact Frankie, Leanne or Neil directly.