We run a wide range of community-based Wellbeing activities and educational and training courses aimed primarily but not exclusively, at people from the G41/G42 postcode. The Trust has a succesful social enterprise project Rags to Riches – a leading Scottish Upcycling project. The Trust in collaboration with statutory and voluntary sector partners offer a Benefits and Debt advice service called Govanhill Baths Advice Centre and various legal, and welfare rights service to community. The Baths building is also home to the Southside Fringe Festival, Romano Lav and Govanhill Theatre.
From International Roma Day to ‘flashmob’ events, ‘Roma Voice’ research to ‘Rap of Life’ performances, there has been something for just about everyone, to ensure that Romani people, especially youth, are involved as active agents in all decisions that affect their lives. Friends of Romano Lav exists then, not to speak for Roma, but to work with our local Roma communities to ensure that Romani voices are heard in all relevant local social, political, and cultural domains.
In 2012, National Theatre of Scotland brought their acclaimed production of ‘Lifeguard’ to the Baths. Govanhill Theatre Company, now the company in residence have presented several successful plays which have entertained audiences from Govanhill and beyond and helped to keep the campaign to restore The Baths in the public eye. Our production of Tony Roper’s popular play The Steamie was an unforgettable experience, and a chance to present and see that play in the only remaining steamie in Glasgow. ‘The Battle of Calder Street’ brought to the stage the dramatic moments in 2001 when the baths were threatened with closure and local people stood up to Glasgow City Council and the police and occupied their beloved baths for 6 months.
The Rags to Riches is an award winning upcycling project which provides workspace and educational programmes since 2011. With our team of “upcycling professionals” we aim to inspire and reskill our community.We produce a range of locally crafted affordable ‘upcycled’ products which we sell at the baths and in various other outlets.Rags to Riches also provides an outreach service at competitive prices.
Free or for a small donationOur hour long Yoga classes are aimed at beginners or those in need of gentle exercise. They run Mondays and Thursdays in eight week blocks. All the Well-being classes are currently full except for Cast Off’s which operates as a drop in and anyone is welcome at any time.
To register for the next round of classes please call and join our waiting list.
Our popular Wednesday cookery classes run in 8 week blocks from 12.30-2.00pm. If you want to learn how to make healthy, delicious and affordable food why not sign up with Govanhill Grub.
Want to lean to knit or crochet, improve your knitting skills or exchange patterns in a friendly atmosphere? Come along to Cast Offs which runs every Monday at 12.30pm.