Govanhill Updates {late April / early May}

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Community notice boards – information for May is out

Govanhill’s community notice boards are just about to be filled with new information for the month of May featuring local groups and activities, consultations and developments, support and other services, learning and employment opportunities, and key local contacts. Find them in the following locations:

  • Samaritan House (79 Coplaw Street)
  • Dixon Halls (656 Cathcart Road)
  • Locavore (corner of Victoria Road and Calder Street)
  • Govanhill Workspace (69 Dixon Road)
  • Govanhill Park (near the S. Annandale Street entrance)

The boards are managed under the Thriving Places programme for Govanhill with endorsement from the local Community Council. If you have any feedback on these notice boards or want to flag anything up, please contact Marzanna Antoniak at

A new issue of Greater Govanhill magazine out early May! 

Greater Govanhill is a free quarterly multilingual print magazine featuring local stories, news, articles, poetry, recipes & more. The newest issue is expected to come out at the beginning of May. You can collect it from local businesses and organisations.

Govanhill Locality Plan Release

Two strands of the Govanhill Locality Plan, written by residents and staff, are being released in April. They reflect local priorities as expressed by Govanhill residents, and provide a series of recommendations to meet local needs and aspirations. We’re hoping that the plan will provide a useful framework and further inspiration to local organisations and residents who want to make a positive change in their community.

The ‘Collective Leadership, Co-Production, and Accountability’ strategy is all about residents’ involvement in service design and local decision-making processes. 

Govanhill Community Engagement and Information Strategy’ will help local staff to ensure that residents remain well informed about the vital services and opportunities in the area, with a special emphasis on reaching those who are most excluded. 

Both plans are accessible on The first one was published at the beginning of April and the second one is being released at the end of April. Look out for the updates. 

Census Scotland – fill it in! 

There’s still time to fill in your Census 2022! Help is available online at, or via the free helpline 0800 030 8308. Make a request to get a new Internet Access Code or paper form:

Potrebujete pomoc v inom jazyku? Volajte na bezplatnú linku pomoci 0800 030 8333.

Aveți nevoie de ajutor în altă limbă? Apelați linia noastră de asistență lingvistică gratuită la 0800 030 8333.

هل تحتاج إلى مساعدة بلغة أخرى؟ االتصال بخط الدعم اللغوي المجاني على الرقم 8333 030 0800

دوسری زبان میں مدد درکار ہے؟ زبان سے متعلق مدد کے لئے ہماری مفت ہیلپ الئن نمبر 8333 030 0800 پر ہم سے رابطہ کریں. 


Fundraiser event at Queen’s Park Govanhill Church

At Queen’s Park Govanhill Church we’re having a fundraising afternoon on the 30th April, 2pm-4pm, to raise funds for both the church’s community work and also for charities supporting the Ukraine. Coffee, cake, and crafts. 

Walking Group

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! Mondays at 12-2pm (09.05-27.06) Walks start at The People’s Pantry, 488 Cathcart Road. Dress for the weather! Booking is essential.

Wee Open Day at the Wee Retreat

Saturday, 21 May 2022 from 11:00-16:00

The Wee Retreat, 2 Myrtle Park

Taster classes in the studios with delicious finger foods and child friendly activities. Everyone is welcome! Line up to be announced.

Fermentation Workshop- Hosted by MILK Cafe

SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2022 FROM 14:00-15:00

Hosted by the Milk Cafe, learn the art of fermenting food at this FREE workshop. Bring a clean medium sized jar.

Roma Film and Language Workshop

Romani Language Workshop

Come and learn more about the fascinating history of the Romani language, and practice some dialects for yourself!

Sat, 21 May 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 The Point, 180 Queens Drive, G42 8QD

This workshop is free, open to all and is hosted by Juice Vamosi, a Roma language expert and translator. Book your place on EventBrite:

The Deathless Woman (15), Roma film screening with intro & discussion

Sat, 21 May 2022, 18:00 – 20:15, The Point, 180 Queens Drive, G42 8QD

Screening of The Deathless Woman, a film about important events in Roma history, and how they are still relevant today (but also a ghost story) 

Free event. Book your place at: 

The Glasgow Choir Festival

Friday 27th of May at  Queen’s Park Arena. Free but booking required.

We’ve got a fantastic line-up for this free outdoor festival. We have a diverse  range of choirs participating this year, from large professional groups with 100+ members, to local community-led groups: The City Of Glasgow Chorus, Rock Choir, School of Glee, Qoiur, Govanhill Voices, Glasgow Voice  Male, Close Shave Chorus

Set The Seen

A free festival bringing awareness to invisible illness. Join us at Queens Park Arena 28th May. (Please note under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)

For more info go to Instagram and twitter. /

Art Group – Larkfield Centre 

Free tutored art group for people aged 50 plus. Tuesdays 1 – 3 pm at the Larkfield Centre, 39 Inglefield Street. No experience necessary! Contact to sign up. 

Del Mondo – Big Noise

Big Noise’s adult music group for Govanhill residents meets every Monday at 4 pm during school term time. Absolute beginners welcome. Come and try an instrument! Free & childcare is available. More information at 151 Coplaw Street or

Walking Tall Tales at Malls Mire Woodland

Walking Tall Tales is a free playful sensory walking tour of Malls Mire woodland for you and your children, picnic included. Tuesdays, April 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th & 17th, 10.30 & 12.30pm. Malls Mire has a fully accessible path network. Free but booking is essential. Ages 5 and under, babies included. For booking and full info contact Gemma at

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/carers living in Govanhill. Forsyth House, 151 Coplaw Street, G42 7DE. First come first served. 

Mondays 10.15 – 10.45 am & 11 – 11.30 am & Tuesdays 1.15 – 1.45 pm 

Loc de Joacă playgroup from Daisy Chain

Loc de Joacă is a play group aimed at Romanian Roma families with preschool aged children (0-5 years of age). It takes place every Friday between 12.30 -2.00 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

Activities at Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre 

Activities at Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre have resumed. Visit the Glasgow Life run venue at 6 Daisy Street. Call 0141 423 6492 or click here for more information.  

Family & Early Years events at Queen’s Park Arena

Inhouse CIC is delighted to be hosting a series of family friendly and early years events and activities throughout the summer season  at Queen’s Park Arena, where we will be having BIG FUN! And of course, let’s not forget about the return of the FREE soft play!

Contact:, 0141 816 9989, visit

Tell your story through sound with SoundLab

Glasgow-based music charity, Sound Lab, are running a free and accessible 8-week online course leading participants through the process of creating their own audio for podcasts, radio shows, and other forms of broadcast. Each session can be accessed live, via Zoom, or as a recording through YouTube. The project is targeted at Ukrainians but open to all nationalities. Participants will learn step by step, using free and accessible software, how to record, edit and export their own audio projects on whichever topic they choose. Live sessions will be held every Tuesday, 11am – 1:30pm (GMT) from 03/05/22 – 21/06/22, with recordings uploaded by Friday. To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please contact with your name, email address, DOB. and location (Country and Province/County).

Looking for more activities?

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


The COVID-19 Tenant Grant Fund

The COVID-19 Tenant Grant Fund helps tenants in private rented housing who are at risk of eviction due to financial hardship as a direct result of the pandemic. The grant payment will be issued directly to landlords to help reduce or pay off any rent arrears that have built up between 23 March 2020 & 9 August 2021. The grants do not need to be repaid. For more information email or visit

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.

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.

Greater Govanhill Magazine has complied a list of information, resources, and ways to support the people of Ukraine that you can find here, and Scottish Refugee Council have made a list of places you can donate money and supplies to in Scotland which you can find here.

Homelessness Referrals

Individuals and families 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. Agencies can also 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 text 07584773928. 


Access Courses at the University of Glasgow

Opportunity for asylum seekers who wish to access higher education. University of Glasgow offers Access Courses, which allow students to apply to undergraduate degrees upon completion. The applications for the 2022/23 Access Courses are now open. The link to the form for the fee waivers: 

General information on the Access Courses: 

Women Returners Programme

The course is a great starting point for women over 25 who have had a career break of 6 months or more and are looking to work towards their employment goals but just don’t know where to start. It will allow them to feel empowered to make an action plan through goal setting, 1-1 mentoring support and group work which allows them to create a social support network with other women in similar situations. For more information call 0300 0200 101 or email

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 10 -11:30 am & 12-1:30 pm – ESOL classes at Queen’s Park Govanhill Church of Scotland, 170 Queen’s Dr, G42 8QZ email: 

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

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


Volunteer for summer activities at Queen’s Park Arena 

We are looking for volunteers to help with our summer events season. If you are interested, please get in touch by filling out this form: Please remember to include a contact number or email too!

Volunteer at Southside Tool Library

On Victoria Road. A commitment of at least 2 hours per week on a Saturday (10am-2pm or Wednesday 5-7pm). Application by email by midnight on Friday 6th May. Tell us why you think you would make a great Tool Library volunteer and what time you would be able to commit, in less than 500 words. Please include your name, home address and telephone number.

Volunteer with Big Noise

Big Noise is always looking for new volunteers to help support their busy after school programme. Visit Big Noise at 151 Coplaw Street or email to find out more. 

Volunteer with Thriving Places making information accessible 

If you want to gain useful experience in communications, we invite you to volunteer to help make information more accessible to Govanhill residents. This opportunity is suitable for those with strong written communication skills and for those with graphic design  skills. Commitment: approximately 2 hours a week, based at home and collaborating via shared documents and meetings online. Contact Marzanna at

Volunteer with Glasgow Food Train

Local volunteers provide weekly deliveries of fresh groceries to older people experiencing difficulties doing their weekly grocery shopping, ensuring they can eat well. If you have an hour or two free each week, try a taster volunteering session with Glasgow Food Train. Call 0141 423 1722 or email for more information. 

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:  

Jobs Business Glasgow Employment Package for Security

JBG is running a free, industry-approved training course for people interested in starting a career in security. Includes a paid 6-week placement. Applicants must live in Glasgow, be aged over 18, and able to pass the necessary background checks. To apply, speak to your JBG Adviser or contact the JBG customer service freephone line on 0300 123 2898. More information here


Lifelink counselling 

Govanhill residents (living in a postcode beginning G42 7 or G42 8) can now access up to 8 sessions of free counselling (by telephone or Zoom) with Glasgow mental health charity Lifelink Scotland. You can self refer here: or by emailing

Cancer screening animations

Cancer Screening animations have been recently developed in a variety of languages (Arabic, British Sign Language (BSL), English, Mandarin, Punjabi, Roma, and Urdu). The animations promote three national Cancer Screening Programmes (Breast, Bowel and Cervical), with an additional animation to raise awareness of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). 

Link to the article is here:

Free chair-based yoga sessions (The Wee Retreat CIC)

Tuesdays, 1-1.45pm, Online

The classes will be primarily online and open to anyone with mobility challenges; limited in-studio spaces available at our studios in the southside for those with accessibility requirements. All bodies welcome, no previous experience necessary. Click here for more info


Govanhill Baths activities

There is a range of online wellbeing classes and activities available from Govanhill Baths. Sign up here: 

Online Socials for Isolated and Lonely Adults (The No.1 Befriending Agency)

Mondays 11 – 11.30 am, and Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 – 3pm. Online events three times a week to bring together people across the community who may be living in loneliness and isolation. We provide activities and space to chat so that our members can build relationships and their confidence, connectivity and wellbeing. Contact

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. 

Tai Chi on the Lawn at the Hidden Gardens

Come along Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am. Sessions are FREE and drop in. 

Please dress for the weather as the class is outdoors. Before your first session this year please complete the online registration form: and equalities monitoring form: 

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. People can be referred by their GP, community mental health team, or other agencies. For more information visit

Southside Community Recovery Network

Southside Community Recovery Network is hosting various addiction recovery activities and initiatives across the city, including a Southside-based programme. There are also opportunities for volunteering in recovery groups and cafes. For further information please call 0141 429 8181, email, visit Facebook updates: South Community Recovery Network – SCRN


You drop, you sow, you gather – Rumpus Room

A project with and for young people (16-25yrs) celebrating and sharing South Asian heritage. Workshops at the Rumpus Studio (Langside Lane, off Victoria Road) on 5th May & 19th May between 5-7pm. Hot food and travel costs available. If you are aged 16-25 years and would you like to join, contact Camilla at

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. 

Youth Forum 16-23 (Pollokshields Development Agency)

Wednesday, 6-7.30pm, Online/423 Shields Road

A space for young people in the Southside to develop skills, gain new friends and get involved in local community projects. PDA strive towards creating an active and inclusive network for local youth to find their voice and share their passions and interests. Click here to find out more.

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 support, 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


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


Kitchen Team Members – Govanhill

Locavore are looking for team members for their main kitchen in Govanhill.

The role is a 30-37.5h per week to suit the applicant and benefits from a 30% discount, employer pension and fairly social hours. 

The closing date for applications is  29th of April at 8am.

For more information please visit:

Work with Govanhill Housing Association

The Govanhill Housing Association has two vacancies

  • Maintenance Assistant – Financial Part-Time (21 Hours per week)
  • Factoring Assistant Part-Time (14 Hours per week)

The closing date is Tuesday 3rd May at 10.00 a.m.  Further information and an Application Form can be found on the Association’s website.

Govan Community Project – part time advocacy worker 

£22,400 per annum (pro-rata), 14 hours per week, 3 year fixed term post  

Closing Date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 3rd May 2022.         

Late applications cannot be considered. ​Electronic applications should be returned to


ITV Show is looking for singers

GOVANHILL – Have YOU got what it takes to perform LIVE on the Starstruck Stage? Register your interest in a future series here: 

Southside Tool Library

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