Can you Help Find a Future for Daisy Street Church?

Fill in the survey here!

Trinity Church on Daisy Street was built between 1878 and 1880 in the ‘Gothic Revival’ style, sadly the buildign was forced to close in 2018 due to safety concerns over old wiring. The church was used for worship until 2015 and was used as a community space until it’s closure.

There is a growing need for flexible community spaces in Govanhill. Glasgow Building Preservation Trust are working with Govanhill Community Development Trust, Community Renewal and Glasgow City Council to investigate if the building can be repaired and upgraded for use by the community. We want your help in understanding what the local community needs and would like to see in a new community resource. Your responses will be used to help the project team adapt the building for new user groups and will also be used in support of future applications to funders.

Have your say! Fill in the survey here!

We are using a variety of methods to ensure this consultation is as accessible as possible to everyone, this survey is one of them. The survey is anonymous. Thank you very much for your help.

Thriving Places Recommends : Govanhill Festival Events for Families!

Take part in our best dressed window competition as part of the Govanhill International Festival. Decorate your window – let’s make our neighbourhood colourful! Email a photo of your window to or share it in the comments below the post on Govanhill Community Development Trust Facebook by noon Friday 28 August. Winners will be announced Monday 31 August on GCDT Facebook page following a community vote.  

1st prize – £75 voucher       2nd prize – £50 voucher           3rd prize – £25 voucher 

Govanhill Community Development Trust & partners 

Govanhill “Life In Lockdown” Photo Documentary Exhibition  

Walk round the streets of Govanhill and watch out for our banners and bunting created from collages of all the amazing photos young people and other residents in Govanhill have been taking during Lockdown.  

Community Renewal & partners 

Govanhill Children’s Festival Saturday 22 – Saturday 29 August  

We invite children and their families to a whole week of fun-filled events including a Minecraft day, art and recycling, sports, book festival, talent show, drama, song writing, video diaries, cookery, kids quiz, prizes and giveaways and lots more! To book a place, go to Govanhill International Festival and Carnival Facebook page.  

Govanhill Community Development Trust & partners 

Simon Murphy – Govanhill Street Level  

Simon Murphy aims to give an insight into the diverse and vibrant area of Govanhill with a series of portraits to be displayed in windows as part of a photo trail during the festival.  

Friday 21 – Sunday 30 August Various locations on the streets of Govanhill 

Street Level Photoworks 

 Open-Air Screening of La Belle et la Bête, (Beauty and the Beast )1946, in Westmoreland Street Gardens, 8.30 pm, Saturday, 22nd August. The story teaches us that empathy, creativity and imagination can change us and those around us.  

This is a socially distanced outdoor event. Booking Essential.

GAMIS in association with Music Broth 

 Adapt and Act Friday 21 – Monday 31 August Queen’s Park Arena Poster Boards

This exhibitiondisplays artwork and outcomes from Adapt and Act – a climate change and creative protest project by Govanhill-based Rumpus Room’s Young Activist group led by artist Lucy Grainge and writer-activist Rosemary Geary in partnership with Swap Market.

Inhouse in association with Rumpus Room and Swap Market 

More information and booking:  Govanhill International Festival & Carnival 

NB Some of these events have been organised as socially distant, outdoor events. Please follow FACTS and the Scottish Government Guidance on social distancing when attending these events. Please do not attend any event if you, or anyone you have been in contact with has had symptoms of COVID-19.

Thriving Places : Community Engagement Vacancy

Since the start of the pandemic, all Thriving Places efforts in Govanhill have been in direct response to the crisis. Although the lockdown measures have eased now, the virus is still here, and a second wave may be expected in Autumn. We have secured emergency funding from the Supporting Communities Fund to create a part-time role of a Community Engagement Worker to support the Community Connector until the end of October. This additional capacity will allow us to meet the community’s needs and provide key support structures in Govanhill.

The ideal candidate will have experience in delivering projects, a positive attitude and the ability to manage their own workload. The ability to speak a community language would be an advantage!

  • The postholder will work for up to 21 hrs per week until 31st October 2020 at a rate of £10 per hour.
  • Applications will be welcomed from anyone with the necessary skills and experience. We will consider those who wish to be temporarily seconded from another organisation and applicants who wish to job share. The post may also appeal to those who are self-employed and wish to carry out the role on that basis.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in delivering projects, a positive attitude and the ability to manage their own workload. The ability to speak a community language would be an advantage!
  • The postholder should be available to start immediately, or as soon as possible in August.
  • Closing date: Thursday, 13th of August at 10 am. Interviews will be held at the beginning of the following week.

More details about this position, along with information about how to apply can be found here

Survey Reveals Breadth of Languages in Govanhill

A survey conducted under the Thriving Places* programme has set about counting the languages spoken in Govanhill, the most ethnically diverse area in Scotland.

As much as the presence of English, Urdu, Punjabi, Romanian, Slovak, Scottish and Irish Gaelic is common knowledge, not everyone will be aware that Nepali, Vietnamese, Ishan, Sinhalese, and Tibetan are also spoken in the neighbourhood. It turns out Govanhill is abundant in polyglots. Out of 222 responders, 182 said they spoke at least two languages, and quite a few were comfortable using 4 or even 5. 

Pie chart showing the wide range of ‘mother toungues’ in Govanhill – there may well be more out there!

People were also asked if they knew how to say ‘Hi’ in some of their neighbours’ languages, the majority said they did and that they were interested in learning more.

The most popular languages that people wanted to learn were BSL, Spanish, Arabic and Romanes (Roma).

So far, 222 people have taken part.  79.4% of participants said they live here and further 3.5% used to live here, some for many years. The remainder stated they work in the area or socialise here. Residents are encouraged to keep adding their languages. The survey remains open and can be completed here:

Based on The Languages of Govanhill survey, the records of GCDT and some of the local schools, it turns out there are at least 88 languages and dialects spoken in Govanhill. As more people fill in the survey, this number is bound to increase. Contact Marzanna Antoniak at with questions about the survey or if you want to participate in any language-based projects in Govanhill. 

The survey was conducted as part of a heritage-based regeneration strategy for the neighbourhood that is being developed. Such an impressive language tally is a reason to celebrate. Enjoy reading survey participants’ reflections about Govanhill being a multilingual place. 

*The Thriving Places approach proposes that local “organisations commit to working more collaboratively with one another and the community to make better use of existing resources and assets to respond to each individual community’s needs.” Locally, Govanhill Housing Association is the anchor organisation responsible for leading and implementing the Thriving Places strategy working with Govanhill Community Development Trust (GCDT).

Fill in Our Govanhill Languages Survey!

Living in a uniquely diverse area in Scotland, the people of Govanhill can be proud of the variety of languages that are spoken here. Nobody really knows how many we speak and what are all the niche ones. Here is our chance to find out. If you have a strong connection to Govanhill, enjoy filling in this quick survey. The results will be revealed when more than a 100 people submit their answers. Let’s see how many languages are spoken in Govanhill!

You can access the survey online here!

New Friday Volunteering Drop in on Allison Street

Govanhill Community Development Trust will be holding a drop in where local people will be able to meet local organisations and connect with opportunities in the area. This will take place every Friday from 10am-1pm.

The drop in will be an ideal time to find out more about what local organisations have to offer, and how you can boost your employability, make friends and give something back through volunteering locally.

Organisations who have already signed up include the Hidden Gardens, Big Noise, Bike for Good, YSCA the South East Food Bank, Govanhill Community Garden and Cross Reach/Daisy Chain.

So if you are looking for a new opportunity, or more information, drop in to our centre at 192 Allison street or phone 0141 423 8883

Govanhill Showcases a Universe of Verse

On the 30th of January, in the brightly coloured studio space on top of the Gallery of Modern Art Glaswegians from across the world performed poems and songs to a full crowd.

The majority of performers were either from or had a strong connection with Govanhill and for some, it was the first time that they had performed in public. The poetry and songs explored a variety of topics – everything from love, loss, homesickness and heartbreak to belonging, Scottish rain and a child’s love of scooters!

Performances were in 13 different languages, including Bengali, Czech, Arabic, English, Romani, Polish, Somalian and others. And it turned out 29 languages in total were spoken by the members of the audience – still fewer than the number of languages spoken in Govanhill, the most diverse district in Scotland. 

The Verse Universe event, organised as part of Thriving Places programme by Govanhill Community Development Trust, gave Glaswegians the opportunity to come together and appreciate each other’s cultural heritage and languages spoken across the city.

The event was initially planned to be held among Karen Gordon’s Everyday Racism photography exhibition, however having outgrown that venue, it was moved to a larger space. 

The night was hosted by radio broadcaster John Cavanagh and Marzanna Antoniak, who introduced the performers and gave a brief outline of the subjects of each of the poems. 

Event organiser, Marzanna – Community Connector for Thriving Place Govanhill, who is originally from Poland says

‘At a time when Britain is disconnecting from the rest of Europe, when wars are looming over Yemen, Somalia and Syria, when there is turbulence in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, it was beautiful to see Glaswegians from around the world come together to connect in Verse Universe – a multilingual celebration of spoken word and music. 

The performances in Hungarian, Romani, French, Arabic, Bengali, Persian and other tongues proved that it is possible to be moved by a message without understanding every word. Such is the universal power of connection that art and music have. ‘

If you live in Govanhill or have a strong connection with the neighbourhood and would like to share a piece of your cultural heritage via poetry or song, please contact Marzanna at to be added to her Verse Universe mailing list. 

Photography by Karen Gordon. You can find more of Karen’s work, including Everyday Racism here.

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