Govanhill Updates {November/December}

If you have a strong connection with Govanhill and would like to receive information about local jobs, training, volunteering, learning opportunities, as well as changes to services, locality planning, and other relevant matters, please sign up to be emailed with Govanhill updates here: These updates are sent approximately up to twice a month.


Mental Health Chat Cafe

Every Monday from 6-8pm at Patricia’s Cafe on Victoria Road. All welcome. 

Govanhill Baths Occupy! Occupy! Occupy! Conference

Govanhill Baths are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the occupation of the Baths. On Thurs 2nd & Fri 3rd December 2021 they are holding the  ‘Occupy! Occupy! Occupy!’ Conference, where speakers and those involved in the occupation will explore occupation as a tactic in community action. Find out more and register here.

Roma Night – dancing at the Rum Shack 

Ando Glaso is inviting you for a night celebrating the vibrant music and dance culture of Glasgow’s Roma communities.
Friday, 10 December 2021, 7pm.Book tickets here: Roma Night Tickets, Fri 10 Dec 2021 at 19:00 | Eventbrite


Polish Christmas folk art workshop at Bee’s Knees Cafe 

Make your own paper Hedgehog Bauble inspired by Polish folklore! Enjoy the festive chatter, ambient music, and treat yourself to our delicious cake and coffee. All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring along scraps of light paper in your favourite colours and patterns. Places are limited so book yours before they’re gone:

Friday, 3rd December, start: 6.30 pm, 83 Bowman Street, suggested donation: £5

This is Not a Christmas Market

4th, 11th and 18th of December from 11am – 4pm at the Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street.

Featuring 40 vendors including local makers, unique crafts, arts, ceramics, one-off Christmas gifts, homeware, upcycled treasures, clothes, jewellery and more! Contact for more information.

Fill the Boots for Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas is on 6 December when traditionally in Eastern Europe children would leave their shoes at the door and Saint Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, would visit and fill the shoes/ boots with sweets. In Govanhill we uphold the transition of giving children sweets at Saint Nicholas. Please help us to raise enough money to ‘fill the boots’ for the children of Govanhill on Saint Nicholas day. Donate here:

Big Noise Winter Celebrations Concert

Wednesday 8th December at Elim Church from 4pm. Featuring Big Strings, United Orchestra, Wind Band and Concert Band. 

Make Your Own Holiday Decorations

Remade Network are hosting some festive workshops at their shop at 421, Victoria Road. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own holiday decorations then the one on December the 12th is the perfect workshop for you! It is also a great way to pick up some hand sewing and embroidery skills. All materials will be provided as well as teas and coffees. Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here:

Visit Santa at the Larkfield Centre

Free tickets are now available from the Larkfield Centre for the walk-through Santa experience for Tuesday 14 December from 6pm. Please note only 1 child per ticket. 

Bikes for Refugees Christmas Appeal

The Bikes for Refugees Christmas Appeal aims to purchase bikes for refugee children in Scotland this festive season. Donate and learn more here:


Lifelink wellbeing classes

Lifelink are offering online wellbeing sessions to anyone with a Glasgow postcode. The 2-hour classes are delivered via video to the group by experienced Lifelink facilitators. They cover life skills aimed at helping you to lead a fulfilling and productive life. You can register directly for these classes without the need for any pre-assessment or discussion. To register and for more information visit: 

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


Digital Learning from Glasgow Life

Glasgow Life are offering online digital learning courses: 

  • Learn My Way – a platform to develop digital skills at various levels. Self-led learning
  • iDEA – win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and gain industry-recognised awards
  • Learning Bytes – free, informal short individual sessions (45 mins)
  • Digital Learning Sessions – Individual online sessions
  • ECDL – European Computer Driving License: internationally-recognised qualification via online course (costs £200)

For more information see:  or call the South East Area Learning Team on 0141 429 0949 or 0800 027 6402.  


The Labyrinth Project: mapping services for BAME women who have experienced gender based violence

The Labyrinth Project is conducting a mapping exercise of services available in Glasgow that support Black Asian Minority Ethnic women who have experienced Gender Based Violence. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and aims at identifying good practices, strengths, gaps and capacity building requirements for local organisations, community groups and organisations. It will be open until Friday 3rd December 2021.

Greater Govanhill – help to shape next issue

What would you like to see in the next issue of Greater Govanhill magazine? Housing is the leading theme so far. If you have any ideas for stories you’d like to read or items you’d like to contribute, have your say here: 

GAMIS – Govanhill Picture House 

We are holding a community consultation about redeveloping the empty part of the building and in poor condition. The idea is to turn it into a community cinema and arts hub. Share your thoughts in this survey by following this link:


Women’s Fund for Scotland – Foundation Scotland

Applications for The Women’s Fund are now open. Grants up to £5,000 are available for projects that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality. The deadline for the fund is 10th January and you can find out more here

Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

A new Glasgow-wide fund is providing small grants of up to £10,000 for projects that improve mental wellbeing in the city. Grass roots community groups and third sector organisations can apply for funds to deliver activities and programmes to people to reconnect and revitalise communities building on examples of good practice which have emerged throughout the pandemic. Find more information and apply here


Glasgow area sees property interest soar – Herald Scotland

“Interest in homes in the G42 area, which also takes in Govanhill, Queen’s Park, Langside and Mount Florida, has soared by 47% in the past year, according to Rightmove, while prices have surged by 35% over the past three years to a new record average of £149,593.” Read the full article here

Toy story: abandoned plastic brought back to life – TFN

“A community group in Glasgow’s Southside is breathing new life into broken toys through a recycling programme that will see plastic usually destined for landfill turned into a range of homewares and gifts.” Read the full article here.


Remade Network

Remade Network are hiring for a number of opportunities through the Kickstart scheme. Applicants must be aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit. 

  • Customer service and delivery assistant (Deadline 8 December 2021)
  • IT Refurbishment Trainee (Deadline: 8 December 2021)
  • Sales Advisor (Deadline: 8 December 2021)
  •  Retail Assistant Trainees (Deadline: 1 December 2021)
  • Electrical Repair Trainees (Deadline: 1 December 2021)

For more information and to apply:,+Scotland

Greater Govanhill

Greater Govanhill are hiring for a Sales, Partnerships and Funding Officer

Location: Mostly home based with some office working a possibility

Terms: 0.5 part-time (17.5 hours per week). 1 year temporary contract.  Salary/rate:£24,000 pro rata (£12,000 annually) Deadline: 5pm on Monday 13 December (to start work in January). For more information and to apply visit:

The Mungo Foundation

The Mungo Foundation are recruiting a Project manager for Southside Older People’s Services to effectively manage one team out of two locations, ensuring they deliver high-quality care and support through person-centred, outcome focused planning. Location: Govanhill. Terms: full-time, a flexible shift pattern. Salary/rate: £28,873 – £31,583. Deadline: Tuesday 7th December 2021. For more information and to apply click here. 

Shakhti Women’s Aid 

Shakhti Women’s Aid are hiring a Children and Young People’s Follow On Worker

21 hrs per week (excluding lunch break. Salary: £ £23,232 pro rata). Fixed contract up to September 2023. Please note they do not accept CVs. Full details and application pack can be requested by emailing


The History of Govanhill audio recording

Listen as local historian Bruce Downie shares some fascinating tales from old Govanhill. From fireworks to parachutists, ponds full of eels to secret elopements, it’s a rollercoaster ride around the neighbourhood. This recording is an extract from our event ‘An Evening of Stories from Govanhill’, ​​a cosy gathering as part of the Govanhill Open Museum project where local people swapped stories and shared their personal impressions of the neighbourhood. More accounts from Govanhill residents will be coming soon, so follow the project’s page to hear them all: 

Watch Bruce’s recording here: Govanhill Stories by Bruce Downie (Govanhill Open Museum) – YouTube

The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre is moving! 

The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre is moving to a new-build on Allison Street, in the heart of Govanhill. This new building will have more space, increasing their capacity for private meetings and group activities, such as digital workshops and craft activities. They are currently raising money for fitting out the new space – donate here

Find out more on the Well’s website. 

Remade Network Saving Unwanted Electrical Items

Having saved a whopping 1,600kg of discarded tech during COP26 to be refurbished, reused or recycled, Remade Network are continuing to collect unwanted tech for recycling at their sites in Govanhill, Parkhead and Cranhill. Discarded electricals are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world and if we recycled them instead it would cut as much CO2 as taking 1.3million cars off the road. To find out more visit  

Free Tai Chi classes

Starting in January 2022

Beginners Tai Chi: Thursdays from 13th January 2022 1:30 – 3pm at the Larkfield Centre (G42 7AY)

Improvers Tai Chi: Wednesdays from 12th January 2002 1:30-3pm at the Daisy Street Neighbourhood Centre (G42 8JL). For more information contact or visit 

Donate your old bike with Bike for Good

If you have an unwanted bike that is in good condition, Bike for Good can refurbish it and sell it, putting the profits towards their charitable aims. Bike donations are accepted at the West and South hubs (Langside Lane, 539 Victoria Road, G42 8BH) from 9am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.