Govanhill Updates {late May / early June}

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Greater Govanhill magazine is out

Have you seen the newest issues of Greater Govanhill magazine? The publication features articles about the past, present, and future of the neighbourhood written by residents. You can collect your copy from local shops and cafes. 

Census Scotland – fill it in by the end of May! 

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. 


Growing Greener with the Hidden Gardens

On Saturday 21 May, The Hidden Gardens are Growing Greener! Visit us from 1:30 to 4pm and find out about the small changes in your everyday life that can go a long way for the environment, and take part in fun and free activities!

Make a home for bugs with South Seeds and the Southside Tool Library

Bug Hunting with Glasgow Science Centre

Zine Making with Glasgow Zine Library

Dance for Health with Scottish Ballet

Learn how to make compost

Window Ledge Food Growing workshop

Tai Chi Taster

Wildlife & garden tours

and plant sale at our kiosk

Wee Open Day at the Wee Retreat

Fermentation Workshop- Hosted by MILK Cafe

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.

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.

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

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, Queen’s Park Arena

Free but booking required

We’ve got a fantastic line-up for this free outdoor festival. From large professional groups with 100+ members to local community-led groups: School of Glee, The City Of Glasgow Chorus, Rock Choir, 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 on 28th May. More info:

Free Queen’s Park Guitar Fest

Sunday 12th June at the PlayPark 1pm -4pm

Beginner workshops, live concert, jam sessions, kids activities, and more cool stuff! More information on:

G42 Pop-Up Market 

25th of June at Batson Street 

Open Call for Stall Holders, Activity Leaders and Working Group Members!

We invite you to take part in the Street Feast edition of Govanhill Community Market. Sign up by filling in the form below if you would like to hold a market stall, bring a homemade dish to share, perform music/dance, run a workshop, lead street games or do face painting, help make decorations, collect chairs and tables and coordinate the event, join our working group! Fill out the form in a language of your choice:

Contact: / Instagram / G42 Pop-Ups Facebook

Looking for more activities?

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


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. To join, contact Camilla:

Free Film Club

If you are between 12-18 and interested in making films join the Film club at YCSA Office, 48 Darnley Street, G41 2SE 

For more information contact or call 07708981272

Govanhill Youth Club – Govanhill Baths Community Trust

Every Tuesday 6-8 pm for young people aged 12-18 years (S1 – S6). For more information search GCBT Youth on Facebook or Instagram / call Kelly or Annie on 0141 387 1525. 

Youth Forum – Pollokshields Development Agency 

A space for young people (aged 16-23) in the Southside to develop skills, gain new friends & get involved in local community projects. Wednesdays, 6-7.30 pm. Online / 423 Shields Rd,

Graphic Design and Textile Printing Workshops

YCSA is thrilled to be partnering with Print Clan for a  series of screen printing, graphic design and t-shirt making workshops. Over 10 weeks young people will learn new skills in graphic and digital design, work with textile printing equipment in a professional studio setting and build confidence turning their ideas into one-of-a-kind wearable art! All participants will also be offered support from YCSA staff to complete a Dynamic Youth Award (DYA) as part of this project.

Sessions will run from 4.00-6.00 every Wednesday starting 25th May. Referrals will close on Friday 13th May.

All travel expenses will be covered and every participant will have the opportunity to design and print two t-shirts. To register young people for either activity, please return the attached referral form or call/text (WhatsApp) Rachel on 0756 680 6166 to discuss any questions.

Let’s talk about Sexual Health! 

Episode 1 of the Young Sexual Iinformants Series is up on YouTube!

Go to Govanhill Roma Youth Project on Facebook to watch the youth work team at Govanhill Roma Youth Project delivering accurate information and resources about the importance of sexual health and wellbeing. 

Follow Govanhill Roma Youth Project on social media:

Instagram: @gr.yp 

Facebook: Govanhill Roma Youth Project 

TikTok: @gr_yp

Twitter: @GovanhillRomaYP


Little Noise Classes – 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 – Daisy Chain  

Sunteți invitați la LOC DE JOACĂ, grup pentru comunitatea de romi români, în fiecare VINERI. între 12.30 – 14.00 la biserica Elim Pentecostal, 42 Inglefield Street G42 7AT. Info (miercuri-vineri) Leo – 07388 227118 /

Playtime & BabyPlay – The Point

Playtime@The Point (Tuesdays 10am) is a play group for parents/carers and their preschool children, 5 years and under. BabyPlay (Thursdays 10am) is for children aged 2 years & under, their parents/carers & preschool siblings. Queens Park Baptist Church, 20 Balvicar Dr. 01414233962, Visit


Carfin Street Growing Project 

Local residents of Carfin Street and the surrounding area are invited to join a new growing project! Participants can sign up for a planter to grow food, herbs and flowers. A series of workshops will give an introduction to growing throughout the summer, so no experience necessary to join. All materials will be provided. Sign up via this form: or email Fiona for more information:  

Lunch Stop

The Lunch Stop is an affordable cafe featuring Chatter and Natter tables

Queen’s Park Govanhill Church, 170 Queen’s Drive

Tuesdays: 12pm-2pm, September – June

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 available. More info at 151 Coplaw Street or

Art Group – Larkfield Centre 

Free tutored art group for those aged 50+. Tuesdays 1-3 pm at Larkfield Centre, 39 Inglefield Street. No experience needed. 

Sign up:

Yakety Yak Language Café – Milk Café

Pay-what-you-can Spanish & French sessions for all levels. Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, MILK Café, 452 Victoria Road. Contact

FREE Wellbeing, Arts & 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. Info:

Free gentle chair-based yoga for ladies

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

Free chair-based yoga sessions – The Wee Retreat CIC

Tuesdays, 1-1.45 pm, online. Open to anyone with mobility challenges; limited in-studio spaces available at premises for those with accessibility needs. All bodies welcome, no prior experience needed. 


Community Choir – The Point

Thursdays, 7:30 pm, 180 Queen’s Drive, G42 8QD. More information:

Renew Wellbeing Cafe – The Point

Mondays & Fridays 10am-3pm, 180 Queen’s Drive, G42 8QD. More info:  

Men Talking – Finn’s Place

Tuesdays, 7.30 pm. 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. Contact:,  01416327520.

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.


Financial Wellbeing Co-ordinator with Govanhill Housing Association

The Association has a vacancy for a Financial Wellbeing Co-ordinator. The closing date is Monday 30th May at 10.00 a.m.  Further information and an Application Form can be found on the Association’s website.

Amma Birth

Various Roles (5)

Deadline: Sunday 22nd – Sunday  29th May

Freedom from Torture

Care Coordinator

Deadline: Tuesday 31st May


Women Returners Programme

The course is a 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 don’t know where to start. You’ll make an action plan through goal setting, get 1-1 mentoring support and group work, and create a social support network with other women in similar situations. 

More info: 0300 0200 101 or

Employment Package for Security – Jobs & Business Glasgow 

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 call the JBG customer service free: 0300 1232 898.  

Volunteer with Hidden Gardens 

Weekend Volunteering: Sun June 12th & Sun June 26th Sat July 9th Sun July 31st

Contact Andrea at

Volunteer at Southside Tool Library

Minimum 2 hrs per week on a Sat 10am-2pm or Wed 5-7pm, Victoria Rd

Apply by email by midnight on Friday 6th May. Tell us why you’d make a good Tool Library volunteer & what time you can commit (max. 500 words). Include your name, home address and phone number. 

Volunteer with Thriving Places Govanhill 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: up to 2 hrs a week, based at home, collaborating via shared documents & meetings online. Contact Marzanna at 

Volunteer with Big Noise

Big Noise is always looking for new volunteers to help support their busy after school programme. To learn more, visit Big Noise at 151 Coplaw Street or email

Volunteer for summer activities at Queen’s Park Arena 

We are looking for volunteers to help with our summer events season. If interested, contact us via this form: 

Volunteer with Glasgow Food Train

Volunteers do weekly deliveries of fresh groceries to older people who have difficulties doing their grocery shopping, ensuring they can eat well. Have 1-2 hrs free a week? Try a taster volunteering session with Glasgow Food Train. Info: 01414231722,

Volunteer with Licketyspit

Storyplay Volunteer. Deadline: Monday 23rd May

Volunteer with Sein Board

Sein are looking for Board Members

Deadline: Ongoing

Volunteer at Queen’s Park Arena

Summer Event Volunteers needed!


Milk Cafe – Classes and Groups

Tuesdays 10 am – 12 pm and 12 – 2 pm: Computer Skills workshops. More info and booking: 

Wednesdays 10am-2pm: Women’s Group 

Govanhill ESOL Classes – Govanhill Community Development Trust

Do you live in Govanhill and want to learn English? Email Claire for further info and to sign up: or message on WhatsApp: 0791 7974 731. 


NHS Health & Wellbeing Directory

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

Free mental health support in 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 info visit

Southside Community Recovery Network

Southside Community Recovery Network hosts various addiction recovery activities & initiatives in Glasgow, including a Southside-based programme. There are also opportunities for volunteering in recovery groups & cafes. Info: 0141 429 8181,, Facebook: South Community Recovery Network – SCRN

Sandyford Clinic – sexual health service 

Sandyford Clinic is the specialist sexual health service for NHS. They provide sexual and reproductive health services. When you come, you can expect to be listened to without being judged, your treatment and care will be sensitive & confidential. Services are free, including prescriptions. Sandyford Sexual Health Service, 6 Sandyford Place, G3 7NB,, 01412118130 

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, confidence, connectivity & wellbeing. Email:



Queen’s Park Govanhill Church, 170 Queen’s Drive

Thursdays: 10:30am – 12pm

Foodbank provides a 3 day supply of food to anyone who drops in, no referrals necessary!

Club 170 

The club provides free hot meals, drinks and home-baking

Sundays: 5pm – 6pm Queen’s Park Govanhill Church, 170 Queen’s Drive

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.

Pay-What-You-Can funerals

Caledonia Cremation has launched Pay-What-You-Can funerals to support those facing funeral poverty. 

Call: 03000 113 311 Email:

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 Covid-19. The grant payment will be issued directly to landlords to help reduce or pay off any rent arrears built up between 23 March 2020 & 9 August 2021. The grants do not need to be repaid. Email 

or visit

Family Finances Support – Glasgow Life

If you are a parent or carer, Glasgow Life can offer free 1:1 advice and support for better paid employment, free education & training to gain control over your finances. Email

call 07443 814 190 or text 07584773928. 

The People’s Pantry

492 Cathcart Rd, Glasgow G42 7BX

The People’s Pantry is a membership based community food shop that provides good quality food at a subsidised rate.

You can become a member of The People’s Pantry for £3.50 a year. You can then do a weekly shop for £2.50, which will provide a minimum of £15 worth of food.

Census Scotland – fill it in! 

There is still time to fill in your Census ‘22! Access help online at, or via the free helpline 0800 030 8308. You can 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


Glasgow Census Participation Fund

Scotland’s census deadline has been extended until the end of May 2022, and the Scottish Government is seeking third sector and community organisations’ help to ensure that as many people as possible participate.

Third sector organisations in Glasgow City can apply, via GCVS, for money to carry out work aimed at encouraging or helping people to complete the census. Activities such as:

  • Promotion or support at events, including events that are already planned.
  • Outreach work to target people who are less likely to have completed the census.
  • Inclusion in communications to encourage participation and signpost support.
  • Practical support to complete the census form.
  • Encouraging people to attend existing census events taking place around the city.

There is flexibility in how the objective is reached. To simplify the grant application process, we are applying standard rates to all work. If you run an event promoting and supporting census completion, you can apply for a grant of £150. For any staff time (including employees or volunteers) you can apply for a grant of £160 per day. This includes staff time organising and attending any event you run. To participate in this programme please apply online and fill in our short Glasgow Census Participation Fund form.

A total of £27 million is available as grants to charities and community energy groups across Scotland, England, and Wales. 

StreamTotal availableGrants offeredProjectsWho can apply?
Main Fund£18 million£50K – £2 millionMust support vulnerable householdsRegistered charities only
Small Project Fund£1 million£20K – £49KMust support vulnerable householdsRegistered charities only
Innovation Fund£4 million£50K – £1 millionMust develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Can support all energy consumers.Registered charities, Community Interest Companies, Community Benefit Societies, Community Cooperatives
Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund (CERF)£4 million£50K – £1 millionMust empower householders to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero. Can benefit all energy consumers.Registered charities, Community Interest Companies, Community Benefit Societies, Community Cooperatives

More info is available on the Energy Redress website here

Arnold Clark Community Fund

Successful applicants will receive up to £1,000 in financial aid upon meeting the eligibility criteria. Applications are now open! For more information visit: 

Funding for voluntary sport clubs

Glasgow Sport are delighted to re-open our funding to support voluntary sport clubs (organisations) and volunteers delivering activity in Glasgow.

Sport and Physical Activity Fund

The Sport and Physical Activity Fund provides £500-£2000 to voluntary sport organisations to establish new or enhance existing activities increasing the number of people being active in Glasgow. Funding will be prioritised for applications that identify a community need, target under-represented groups and demonstrate the sustainability of the activity longer term. Organisations can only apply to this fund once in a 12-month period.

Coach and Officials Award

The Coach and Officials Award provides funding to support those volunteering in Glasgow to attend necessary qualifications building capacity within community sport. There is a £500 limit in any 12 month period for any club/organisation within this fund. With questions please email or