Govanhill Updates {early March}

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Congratulations and a big thank you to all the partners and residents who took part in Govanhill Week of Action!

More information here:


Cathkin Blazes Open Football Session

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 from 17:15-18:15 at Goals, 941 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G41 2DX

Cathkin Blazes is a football team for women and non-binary folks who want to learn to play football in a non-judgemental space, as well as be part of a really friendly and local community. It’s LGBTQI+ and trans-friendly, they are based in the Southside of Glasgow and the sessions are free of charge to attend. For more information click here.

Women’s Equality March

Govanhill Baths Community Trust invites residents and organised groups to take part in the Women’s Equality March on Saturday the 12th of March. 

The March will assemble at Govanhill Park at 12pm and then head to Queen’s Park where there will be speeches by women’s groups and activists taking action for gender equality. 

There will be soups and coffees on arrival for everyone in attendance at Queen’s Park following the

Procession. This will be a chance for us to take to the streets and to show unity whilst celebrating women’s achievements in the struggle for representation and justice.Ahead of the March there will be banner making sessions at the Deep End on 21 Nithsdale Street, G41 2PZ. These will be held on the 8 th of March (10-12.00pm) and we will be having a drop-in session all day on the 11 th of March too. We will be making colourful and loud signs which protest gender discrimination and inequality.

International Women’s Day Workshop with the Feminist Exchange Network Library

Wednesday 9 March, 1pm, at the Larkfield Centre, 39 Inglefield Street.

Dr Thelma Okey-Adibe will lead a session for women to explore some of the books in the library using her Ketso mat, a visual tool to encourage group dialogue and develop creative solutions together. For more information contact 

The Point

Tuesdays 10am: Playtime at the Point

Thursdays 10am: Baby Play

Thursdays 7:30pm: Community Choir

Mondays & Fridays 10am-3pm: Renew Wellbeing Cafe

180 Queen’s Drive, G42 8QD. More information here: 

The Point also hires their halls out to community organisations for their projects, and they’re wheelchair accessible and child friendly.

Men Talking (Finn’s Place)

Tuesdays, 7.30pm

Finn’s Place, Langside Church, 167 Ledard Road, G42 9QU

Join a conversation on what men can do to improve their physical and mental health. Discussion facilitated by Sean Tierney, Men’s Project Lead. Click here to find out more. Contact Sean on or 01416327520

Yakety Yak Language Café (MILK)

Wednesdays, 6-8pm

MILK Café 452 Victoria Road, Glasgow G42 8YU

Pay-what-you-can Spanish and French sessions, all levels welcome. Contact

Little Noise Classes from Big Noise

Big Noise offers free, fun, friendly music classes for 0-3 year-olds and their parents living in Govanhill. Forsyth House, 151 Coplaw Street, G42 7DE.


10.15-10.45am – 8 spaces, first come first served

11-11.30am – 8 spaces, first come first served


1.15-1.45pm – 8 spaces, first come first served.

Loc de Joacă playgroup from Daisy Chain

Loc de Joacă is a playgroup aimed at Romanian Roma families with preschool aged children (0-5 years of age). It takes place every Friday between 1:15 and 2:45 pm and currently there’s no need to book in advance. Daisy Chain, Elim Church, 42 Inglefield Street G42 7AT. For more information call 07388 227118 or email

Looking for more activities?

Greater Govanhill has launched a new page on their website rounding up all the regular activities and clubs in and around Govanhill: 


Free Immigration Support for Ukrainians 

Southside Immigration Ltd are offering Ukrainian citizens and their family members a free initial immigration consultation throughout March. Call them on 07561 171 462 to book in.

Support for Ukrainian Residents

If you have a Ukrainian neighbour or friend in Govanhill or nearby who needs any kind of support, please let them know they can get in touch with us at Thriving Places Govanhill, especially if they have limited English skills. We can communicate in Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and English. Contact Marzanna at or call 079 7589 4393.

Hardship Fund from Awaz Voice of the Community

This fund of up to £500 seeks to ease the financial hardship of those who have no recourse to other sources of financial assistance – for example, a family member or benefits have been exhausted. The hardship fund is intended to cover emergency costs and will not be used to cover recurring costs. To apply email and request an application form. Alternatively call into the Awaz office, Craig House, 64 Darnley St, Pollokshields, Glasgow G41 2SE.

Homelessness Referrals

Individuals/families or agencies can present as homeless via Social Care Direct on 0141 287 0555, then attend directly at New Gorbals Health and Care Centre, 2 Sandiefield Road, Glasgow G5 9AB. It is okay for people to present directly there but, particularly if translators are required, it helps if the number can be called first.  Agencies can make referrals on behalf of individuals.

Family Finances Support from Glasgow Life

If you are a parent or carer, Glasgow Life can offer free 1:1 advice and support for better paid employment, free training and education to gain control over your household finances. For more information email, call 07443 814 190 or send a text message 07584773928. 


Govanhill  ESOL Classes

Do you live in Govanhill and want to learn English? Email Claire for further information and to sign up: or message her on Whatsapp: 0791 7974 731. More information here: 

Milk Cafe – Classes and Groups

Mondays 10am-4pm: English classes. For more information and to book, email 

Tuesdays 10am-12pm and 12pm-2pm: Computer Skills workshops. For more information and to book email 

Wednesdays 10am-2pm: Women’s Group. No need to book.

Thursday- Sunday: Cafe open to the public

Personal development training from Awaz

Build your confidence and start a new challenge. Free course starting 23 February, running every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 for 6 weeks. Awaz Studios, Craig House, 64 Darnley St, Pollokshields, Glasgow G41 2SE.. For more information contact Amy Gill at 0141 286 1885 or email


All in Glasgow from ENABLE

All in Glasgow is a supported employment programme for anyone aged 29+ living in the city with additional support needs. The programme works with the five-stage supported employability model to support clients to gain the key skills and qualifications they need to find and keep well-paid jobs. For more information visit or contact or Emma Malcomson on 07708 899 791 or  

Employment Packages from Jobs & Business Glasgow

Unemployed or feeling stuck in your current role? No qualifications or prior experience are necessary – these Employment Packages provide everything you need to start a new career, including industry training and qualifications, costs and applications for any industry licences, an interview for a live vacancy, a paid work placement, and a job offer for successful candidates. A range of industries will feature and be introduced in the coming weeks; to be kept up to date, keep in touch with your JBG Adviser or if you have not registered before, please contact the customer service team on freephone 0300 123 2898 or email More information here:  

JBG Employment Package for Security

Employment Package for Security

Inside the package, customers:

  • achieve Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved training, 
  • acquire the required Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence (cost included), 
  • complete a 6 week work placement (paid at Glasgow Living wage), 
  • take part in a guaranteed interview, and
  • when successful, receive a job offer in a security role.

The first stage of the training course will begin on Monday 4th April 2022. We are now inviting interest from those who would like to take part. Eligibility extends to Glasgow City Council residents, aged 18 years or over, who can provide the necessary ID requirements, and pass a criminal background check. Participants must also have a First Aid certificate. Please note, we are running a free course in advance of the training date for anyone who requires this. Those who are interested should speak to their JBG Adviser or contact the JBG customer service freephone line, on 0300 123 2898.

Free employability and work readiness training from GCDT 

GCDT is offering free training on Responsibilities of Employment for people aged 16-60. Boost your confidence, think about your future career, and learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a worker. The online course will involve a combination of group work, one-to-ones, and independent work. The course runs in blocks of 6 weeks and the next one is starting in April. Register an interest by contacting Ruth Plummer or Gillian Scott


Free gentle chair-based yoga classes for ladies

Every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 pm at St. Ninian’s Church, 1 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE. To book your place please contact Amy Gill on 0141 286 1885 or 07845 921 581. 

Lifelink wellbeing classes

Govanhill residents can now access up to 8 sessions of completely free counselling through Glasgow Mental Health Charity Lifelink Scotland. The counselling sessions will take place by telephone or zoom and are open to anyone living in a postcode beginning G42 7 or G42 8. To access this you can self refer by completing the referral form here. Please email this to Ellen at The service is completely free and Govanhill Community Development Trust will not hold your details, these will be passed immediately to Lifelink Scotland.

FREE Wellbeing, Arts and Health activities 

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are offering FREE Wellbeing, Arts and Health activities open to adults that are not currently working, receiving benefits and living within a mile of Govanhill.

Free mental health support in Glasgow Southside

Wellbeing Services South Glasgow offer mental health support to residents of Glasgow’s Southside. They share self-help resources and online courses on their website. Anyone with a G.P. in the Southside of Glasgow can be referred for treatment. This can be done online or by phoning 0141 232 2555. Written referrals from G.P.s, CMHT’s and external/internal agencies are also accepted. 

Southside Community Recovery Network

Southside Community Recovery Network is hosting a number of addiction recovery activities and initiatives across the city, including a Southside-based programme.

There are also opportunities for volunteering in all recovery groups and cafes. See the image below for times and locations. 

For further information please call South Community Recovery Network (SCRN) call 0141 429 8181 or email SCRN admin

See SCRN website for details:

Facebook: South Community Recovery Network – SCRN


Glasgow School Streets Programme at Annette Street Primary School 

Only authorised vehicles will be allowed to access Annette Street during the hours of 8:30-9:15am and 2:30-3:15pm Monday to Friday from 28th February. This is to ensure the safety of children and families at the beginning and end of the school day. Anyone in an unauthorised vehicle who drives down the street during this time will be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice. 


Young People’s Gardening Group at the Hidden Gardens 

The Hidden Gardens has a new gardening group for people aged 16-19, every Wednesday from 10am-12 noon, starting 2 March for 4 weeks. Find out about volunteering, local courses and careers in gardening. Contact to book a space. 

English Conversation Groups from YCSA

YCSA is currently accepting new referrals for BME young people ages 16-25 who are either asylum seekers, refugees or vulnerable to homelessness or offending and keen to improve their English. The current schedule runs on Mondays at the following times:

  • Group 1 10:00am-11:30am all levels welcome
  • Group 2 12:30pm-2:00pm for more advanced speakers
  • Group 3 3:00pm-4:30pm all levels welcome

To refer a young person, contact  

Govanhill Youth Club

Every Tuesday 6-8pm for young people aged 12-18 years (S1 – S6). 

For more information: or or call Kelly or Annie on 0141 387 1525. 

YCSA New Scots – Addressing Mental Health

This project is aiming to provide specialised trauma-informed art psychotherapy and

mental health support addressing the mental health and wellbeing needs of 30 refugees and asylum seekers aged 10 – 25. AMH will provide mental health and wellbeing supports, primarily through the provision of art psychotherapy, with an alternative option of counselling for those who would prefer a talking therapy. Individual sessions are held weekly in blocks of 8. Interpreting and travel expenses will be covered by the project where needed. To refer a young person, contact

Glasgow Zine Library’s Young Producers Programme is returning for 2022

The YPP is a free, multi-week, mentored course for people aged 16-21 to gain skills in communication, teamwork, event management, community art and events. Deadline to apply: Monday 14 March. Find out more and apply here:

Zine in a Weekend

Aged 14-18? Join the GZL team for ZINE-IN-A-WEEKEND on March 12th & 13th! Spend the weekend making your own zines, from coming up with an idea right through to printing and binding it ready for you to take away. RSVP for free here: 

Free journalism skills training course from Greater Govanhill

Greater Govanhill is launching a free training course which will, over two months, introduce young people who are typically under-represented in the media to a variety of journalism skills including interviewing, video producing, writing and podcasting. For young people aged 16-24. No previous experience required. First block runs 13 March – 8 April. Second block runs 20 April – 4 May. Deadline to apply: 3 March. For more information and to apply visit: 


Scotland’s Census 2022

Do you work for a local authority, third sector organisation or community group? The stakeholder toolkit has everything you’ll need to promote, encourage and provide more information about Scotland’s Census 2022 to your communities, groups, partners and service users. Access the toolkit here:

Private Lane Toolkit from GCC

A private lane toolkit has been launched by Glasgow City Council (GCC) to help residents and owners understand more about the ownership and maintenance responsibilities of any adjoining lanes to their property. Funding is also available to further support owners of private lanes to improve the overall environmental quality of these shared spaces. Deadline to apply: Friday 11 March 2022. More information here

#ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund

#ShiftThePower supports organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities. In 2022, the fund will be open to grassroots organisations and charities with an income of £250,000 or less whose work fits one of two strategic themes:

  1. Children Survive and Thrive – Supporting children to survive and thrive during the first years of life (0-5 years old) through targeted work and opportunities for children and families facing disadvantage.
  2. Mental Health Matters – Supporting people with mental health issues or challenges to share their stories, live free from stigma and discrimination, and build positive relationships and experiences.

Deadline: 8 March, 12pm. Apply here: 

Community Stories Fund from Museums Galleries Scotland

The Community Stories Fund will support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them with new, creative events, activities and programming. Deadline: 18 March, 5pm. Apply here: 

Let’s take care of our home – multilingual visual resource

Following a request from a group of residents, the Thriving Places team worked with local people and colleagues from Govanhill Housing Association, to create a multilingual poster with simple visuals to help residents keep their closes and backcourts clean. It contains information like where and how to store personal items and the correct way to dispose of rubbish. If you live in Govanhill and would like to receive a copy of the poster for your close, please contact Marzanna Antoniak at 0141 636 3636 or PDF is available for download here: Let’s take care of our home – Govanhill Community Information


Govanhill Housing Association

Govanhill Housing Association currently has two vacancies:

Asset Manager Closing Date 9 March at 10am.

Senior Housing Officer (Rents) Closing Date 21 March at 9am.

For more information and to apply go to: 

Community Programme Manager Vacancy at The Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is looking for a Community Programme Manager to work in their small collaborative team. Please find out more and download the application pack from their website: Deadline: Sunday 13 March, 9pm. 

Positive Action in Housing is hiring an Admin and Finance Assistant

Click here for the job pack and application form

Deadline: Monday 13 March, 10am


Events Coordinator

We are looking for a very organised, friendly, inspired, tech savvy and motivated person to join our team to coordinate, promote and develop our events programme. You can read the full job description here:

To apply please email a recent CV and cover letter to Closing date Monday 14th March 2022

Community Sales Coordinator

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person for the role of Community Sales Coordinator to relaunch our infamous mega sales.

You can read the full job description here:

To apply please email a recent CV and cover letter to

Closing date Monday 14th March 2022


Southside Tool Library: new opening hours

Now open Wednesday 3-7 and Saturday 10-2

For more information and to book visit:  

Repair Sessions (Repair Café Glasgow)

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month 12 noon – 3 pm @ The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street

Do you have a broken lamp that needs to be fixed? A hole in your favourite jumper? Volunteer repairers will be here to help you fix your items.

Office space to rent in Govanhill

Are you a local business, charity or social enterprise looking for an office or workspace in the south of Glasgow? We offer a range of serviced offices and workspaces to rent on flexible terms. Follow these two links Govanhill Workspace and Victoria Court via Govanhill Community Development Trust (GCDT). GCDT can also provide assistance to help you grow your business or organisation, make local connections and access funding and other support.

Contact Marie McBeth, Marketing & Partnership Worker
Phone on 07741 893 008 or Email