Govanhill Updates {late March / early April}

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First Heritage Mural as part of Govanhill Open Museum

Govanhill Open Museum, a project bringing the neighbourhood’s unique stories and heritage out onto the streets, has launched its first mural! Designed by residents in collaboration with artists Conzo Throb and Ciaran Glöbel, it brightens up the wall of A. Gray Motors at the corner of S. Annandale Street and Calder Street. Nicknamed ‘A postcard from Govanhill’ the design attempts to showcase the neighbourhood’s diversity through the patterns submitted by Govanhill residents representing their various cultures. The S. Annandale Street mural is the first of two murals coming to Govanhill this spring as part of the project’s pilot phase, which was funded by Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Scotland’s Towns Partnership through their Scotland Loves Local campaign. This project is a collaboration between Govanhill Community Development Trust, Govanhill Housing Association, Community Renewal, and Glasgow Museums working under the Thriving Places banner. 

Read about the mural on Greater Govanhill:
Mural Unveiled Today Celebrates Govanhill’s Diverse Community — Greater Govanhill

Photo by Ashleigh Morrison, local resident

Community notice boards are up

Govanhill has five brand new community notice boards which from the 1st week of April will be filled with useful information about 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

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 organisations 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 will be published on, with the first one appearing at the beginning of April. Look out for the updates. 


International Roma Day Parade

Saturday 9 April. Parade starts at Govanhill Park. Assemble at 11am. A celebratory event will be held after the parade at the Point with food, music and dancing. Free, all welcome.  

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

Books by the Bonfire

An outdoor book club from South Seeds and Outwith Books. The next session on 13 April will be discussing Young Adam by Alexander Trochi. Wednesday 13 April 7-9pm at The Croft, Queens Park recreation ground. What3words: sings.oiled.vase. No signup necessary. More information here

Dandelion Opportunities

Artists and community groups are invited to participate in the Dandelion Festival programme, which will take place at Kelvingrove Park this June. Over a three-day free public event, the programme offers paid opportunities to artists, makers, scientists, performers and technologists to showcase their talents and create one of the largest ever creative growing initiatives launched across Scotland. Download the call out here. Deadline: 5pm, Friday 15 April

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

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre reopens

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.  

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: 


Scotland’s Census

Census Day has passed but there’s still time to fill in Scotland’s Census 2022. Help is available online at, or via the free helpline 0800 030 8308. If you are a local staff member and would like to support the communities you’re working with filling in the census questionnaire, there is a meeting with the Census Scotland team on Monday the 4th of April at 3.30 pm. Contact Marzanna for details at

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. 


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

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 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. 

Gardening Volunteering at the Hidden Gardens

Join our team of Gardening volunteers. Meet new people, learn & share skills, get some fresh air, have fun. Weekdays Tues, Weds or Fri 10am – 1pm, Weekends – next March 26th 12.30-2.30pm. For more info contact or Tel : 0141 433 2722

Volunteer at Queens Parkrun

Help to organise a free, weekly, timed 5k walk/jog/run at 9:30am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. 

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

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 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. Contact

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: 

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

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 7th April, 21st April, 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. 

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

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.


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:

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


Community Engagement Trainees – Govanhill Baths

Part-time training position based on 11 hours per week.

Deadline: Applications must be in by 5pm Friday 8th April 2022.


New Awards for Greater Govanhill CIC

Congratulations to Greater Govanhill CIC who have been awarded ‘Most Innovative Print Publication’ and ‘Regional/Local Outlet of the Year’ at the Independent Media Awards 2022 by the Independent Media Association! 

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