Govanhill Updates {February}

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Greater Govanhill CIC are releasing the 5th issue of their magazine

You can pick up your free copy from a variety of local venues, including cafes and shops from Friday 4 February. 

In this issue, there’s a focus on housing, but that’s not all… Read about the women and non-binary tradespeople challenging stereotypes, what happens when poetry sceptics take the time to explore a poem, advice on decluttering your life, snapshot memories of Govanhill in the 1960s, a photography project on the realities of fatherhood, the concept of the 15 minute city, a recipe for Chinese new year and so much more!

Govanhill Language Zine – Out Now! 

Govanhill Language Zine is out now! Featuring submissions from the people of Govanhill, activities for all the family, and opportunities to learn phrases in local languages, it is available at various locations in Govanhill! The zine was produced as part of the BHASHA Glasgow Language Festival, which is happening again between 20-27th February. To stay up to date with the festival, go to Bhasha Glasgow Language Festival | Facebook

Did you know that there are at least 88 languages spoken in Govanhill? We are still counting them so please add yours here: The Languages of Govanhill community survey.

This is Not a Boot Sale – Saturday 5 February 12-5pm 

This market from Rags to Riches will be an emporium of secondhand, vintage, antique and salvaged goods. For just £20 anyone can sell their wares. From a garage clear out to a wardrobe rethink, it’s all welcome! If you would like to take part in this market, please fill out the form here. For more information see: 

Help design a heritage mural for Govanhill – Wednesday 9 February 6-8pm

Govanhill Open Museum invites the residents of Govanhill to join artists Conzo Throb and Ciaran Glöbel for a fun interactive session to help design two new heritage murals for the neighbourhood. The mural design session with will take place on Zoom – sign up here:

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


Creating a common language around End of Life Care – community survey

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow invite you to take part in a community survey. The survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete, and your answers will help them understand how they can describe their services more clearly and better engage with the diverse communities of Glasgow. Take the survey here: For more information on the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, see

Women in low paid employment research from University of Glasgow

Participants are needed for a research project. If you’re a woman with two or more jobs in the Glasgow area, and you have 30 minutes to talk to a researcher about your work/home life, text YES to 07946 292536 or email You will receive a £20 shopping voucher for taking part.  

Survey – Mapping Community Assets in G41/G42

A student from the University of Glasgow is conducting a questionnaire for people who live in the G41/G42 area in order to gain further insight into the community. The purpose of the questionnaire is to identify what members of the community consider as the most valuable assets of the area and what action they believe needs to be taken in order to make change. Take the survey here


Pay-What-You-Can funerals

Caledonia Cremation has launched the first ever Pay-What-You-Can funerals to support those facing funeral poverty this January

Call: 03000 113 311 Email:

Glasgow Pantries Directory 

This directory will be reviewed on a six monthly basis but please contact Katherine Wilson at with any updates. For more information about accessing food without cost, see this link; Glasgow Free Food Map – Urban Roots  

Food quality is guaranteed and the Pantries stock everything needed for a healthy, balanced diet; including a mixture of fresh and frozen food. In addition, they offer meal packs which contain the ingredients and recipe required to cook a balanced meal. Toiletries, cleaning products and period products are also available (but this can depend on availability). Shoppers can choose their shopping from colour coded categories and the volunteers are on hand to assist with this if required.

For more information on the mission of the Scottish Pantry Network, see here:

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

Following a request from a group of residents, we 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 You can also get the poster from Bee’s Knees Cafe and cut it out from the newest issue of Greater Govanhill community magazine. PDF is available for download here: Let’s take care of our home – Govanhill Community Information


Suicide bereavement training materials – get involved

Pure Potential Scotland are working with Glasgow Association for Mental Health to support the development of co-produced, evidence informed suicide bereavement training materials for professionals, peer supporters, and volunteers who come into contact with individuals who have been bereaved by suicide. We would like to speak to people aged 18 and over in the Greater Glasgow area who have lost someone in their life to suicide, who can help us to understand their experiences and what they think staff groups might need to know in order to best support people. We are also looking for people who would like to have their voices heard through the training and to work with a designer to come up with videos/animations/sound clips that will help us to illustrate the needs and experiences of those bereaved by suicide.

To get involved, please leave your contact details here:  

If you or someone you know is experiencing distressing thoughts or feelings, you are not alone, and help is available. You can find useful support here: Or call Samaritans on 116 123 

Wellbeing Classes

Lifelink is offering free wellbeing sessions, which cover life skills aimed at helping you to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Participants can attend as many classes as they like, and they are open to everyone with a Glasgow postcode. Each class will be themed around a certain topic. You can register directly for these classes without the need for any pre-assessment or discussion. For more information and to book:

Sandyford Clinic – sexual health service 

Sandyford Clinic is the specialist sexual health service for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They provide a range of sexual and reproductive health services. When you attend any Sandyford service you can expect to be listened to without being judged and for your treatment and care to be sensitive and confidential. All services are free, including your prescription if needed. Sandyford Sexual Health Service, 6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow, G3 7NB. Email: Phone: 0141 211 8130 

NHS Health & Wellbeing Directory

Did you know about the NHS Health & Wellbeing Directory? You can filter the services by area, topic, and target group. Go to


Young Artists Studio Committee Call Out!

We’re looking to form a Young Artists Studio Committee of 6 young people at Rumpus Room. We want to make sure that Rumpus Room can continue to be a place where all young people who are a part of the studio feel welcome, heard, represented and supported in their ideas and creative practice. 

This opportunity is open to young people interested in art and activism who are aged 16+ and based (living, working or learning) in Govanhill or the surrounding Glasgow Southside area. Applicants should be able to commit to a total of 6 meetings across 3 months from March until the end of May 2022. Deadline for applications is the 23rd February 2022. 

Full details and how to apply to the committee can be found here.  If you have any problems accessing this document please email and we can send it directly.

Open Studio & Yard Work Day & Social! 

Saturday 19th February 12-3pm Landside Lane, Govanhill, Glasgow G42 8BH

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us down the studio & yard for our first work day & social of the year. We will be doing some gardening, sorting out donations of materials in the studio and enjoying some food together. These work days & socials will be held once a month at Rumpus Room to help us to look after the studio & yard together and for us to spend some time getting to know other studio members, neighbours and friends. 

Young Feminist Book Club! 

Thursdays in February 4.30pm-6pm @ Rumpus Room Studio 

Young Feminist Book Club is a back this month at Rumpus Room! Working alongside Tarka Heath, the book club will involve reading (age-appropriate for 12-16 y/o) books, magazines, zines and fun printed things together.

Young people aged 12-16yrs are invited to get involved. You do not have to be a confident reader to join, listening to people read is also taking part! The Young Feminist Book Club will be a welcoming and supportive space for young people to listen, read, share, learn, question and make together and at their own pace. The free sessions taking place this month will be on the 3rd,10th, 17th and 24th in the Rumpus Room studio. Hot drinks and snacks provided! Limited places available email to book a free place. 

Sculpture Classes from YCSA

Sculpture classes are open to 12-18 year old young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Classes start on February 2nd and will run every Wednesday from 5-7pm until March 16th. The classes will be a space for young people to capture the nature of different elements, such as solar and wind, through sculpture. Tokens for bus transport can be provided for anyone who needs them. The Point, 180 Queens Drive, G42 8QD. To sign up contact or call 07394 451 718. 

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. 

GMAC Film – new programme for young people 

GMAC Film Action combines the fundamentals of film-making, youth work and social action, along with opportunities to meet and volunteer with local organisations and community groups based in the Govanhill area. We have partnered with The Hidden Gardens & The Dixon Community who will host groups of young people. GMAC Film Action is aimed at the following young people: •Age-16-to-25 •Resident in Govanhill, Crosshill & Pollokshields •Not in education, training or employment. 


Volunteer at the gallery at Pollok House

This is a very exciting time for Pollok Park and its attractions. The Burrell Collection is about to reopen after a refurbishment and redisplay. The National Trust for Scotland is looking for volunteers to help reopen The Gallery at Pollok House. Volunteers will be positioned in The Gallery at Pollok House interacting with visitors to ensure that they feel at home in the gallery and are able to have a rich and meaningful experience. They will also help to deliver special events at Pollok House. For more information and to apply, visit:

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are looking for Board members

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are now looking for committed individuals to join our Board for the next part of the amazing journey of opening the Baths after over 20 years of campaigning and fundraising to become a wellbeing centre for the community of Govanhill. Application form: Applications are encouraged from all who believe they can contribute effectively regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief or race.

Govanhill Opportunities

Govanhill Opportunities from GCDT are inviting unemployed people in Govanhill aged 16-60 to sign up for a free 6-week course to learn more about the world of work (SQA Level 3: Responsibilities of Employment). Starting 21 February. For more information contact Ruth Plummer on 073933233463 or email

February Zoom Introduction to Employability / Introduction to Volunteering Workshops

Contact Gillian at

Ideally all 4 weeks workshops should be attended.

Week 1                    02/02/2210.00 – 10.30 Introduction to volunteering
10.30 – 11.00 Benefits of Working
Week 2                   09/02/22 10.00 – 10.30 Roles and Responsibilities of Volunteering
10.30 – 11.00 What is a CV and why have one
Week 3                   16/02/2210.00 – 10.30 When to find volunteer opportunities
10.30 – 11.00 Where to find job vacancies
Week 4                    23/02/22 10.00 – 10.30 Presentation Skills
10.30 – 11.00 Body Language

February Zoom Employability Training Workshops

Stand-alone workshops – Each one delivered twice over month

DateMorning Session10.00am – 11.00amAfternoon session1.00pm – 2.00pm
04/02/22Job search skillsCV and covering letter
11/02/22Filling out an application formInterview skills
18/02/22Interview skillsJob search skills
25/02/22Filling out an application formCV and covering letter


Glasgow Community Health & Wellbeing Fund

The Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has reopened for new applicants to apply for Small Grants of up to £10,000, supporting projects that improve mental wellbeing of adults in the city. Deadline: this second round closes on Monday 7th February at 12noon. If you need help with the application before you submit, please contact: 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.

More information here: Deadline 8th March 2022 (12noon).

The Home Heating Support Fund

Applications can only be made on behalf of individuals by ‘referral partners’. This includes local authorities and third sector organisations, with payments then made directly to energy suppliers on behalf of their customers. Individuals who are not able to access a nationwide referral partner can contact Advice Direct Scotland for free on 0808 800 9060 or visit the website. Click here to find out more. Available until 31st March

Family Fund 

Family Fund – a charity that provides grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person – is calling for more families in Scotland to apply now for a grant. The charity has recently received extra funding from the Scottish Government, which means additional funds are now available. To find out more, visit their site here. 

Year of Stories 2022 – Community Stories Fund

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: 18th March (5pm)


Garden Assistant vacancies at The Hidden Gardens

We’re hiring! We are currently looking for two Garden Assistants to join our team.

Please find out more and download the application pack from our website. Deadline for applications Sunday 20 February 2022, midnight.

Various Roles (The Wee Retreat)

The Wee Retreat are hiring two new roles through the Kickstarter Scheme (applicants must be 16-24, unemployed and on Universal Credit):

  • Digital Content & Marketing Officer
  • Support Officer

Please contact your Job Centre work-coach and ask for a referral. 

Various Roles (Bike for Good)

Bike for Good is a biking charity aiming to make cycling more accessible for people.

Volunteer Coordinator. Deadline: Monday 7th February

Skills and Development Lead. Deadline: Wednesday 9th February

More information: Join the Team | Get Involved with Us | Bike For Good

Outdoor Activity & Wellbeing Officer (Southside Housing Association)

The post holder will have an appreciation of the great outdoors, come rain or shine! They will be creative and flexible in their approach to adapting to the needs of the community and will build a programme of activities and events that will have a positive and lasting effect on the community of Cardonald. For more information, go to: Job & Partnership Vacancies – Southside Housing Association ( Deadline: Friday 11th February (12 noon). Contact Pauline Fletcher

Youth Arts Bursary Call Out!

Rumpus Room is looking for young people (18-24yrs) interested in art and activism to apply for our Youth Arts Bursary Programme. The programme will offer three young people based in Glasgow with a passion in art & activism the opportunity to come together and co-produce a 6 month programme of activity, mentorship and support to help them develop their creative practice. The Youth Arts Bursary development programme will run from April – September 2022. 

Bursary Fee: £2000 for working on the programme between

Youth Arts Bursary commitments: 1 day week of studio time/commitment to your creative practice over 6 months in April-September 

Location: Remote/flexible working with studio space available at Rumpus Room, Govanhill, Glasgow. Application Deadline: 1st March 2022Full details and how to apply to the bursary programme can be found here.  If you have any problems accessing this document please email and we can send it to you directly.