Crossroadsgovanhill

Crossroads are based in and work across Govanhill

Our community work continues to focus on local neighbourhood work, seeking explanations for people’s personal challenges in the impact of social and economic forces and the use and misuse of power. We aim to bring people together, to build community organisations and where necessary support action being taken to address the issues that adversely affect excluded groups in the community. We also continue to support individuals and families to exercise their legal and human rights and secure the best outcome for them.

Project work in Govanhill

Tuesday Afternoon Drop-In

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Our Tuesday Afternoon Drop-In takes place weekly at Govanhill Free Church, on Belleisle Street, from 12.30 – 2.30pm. The group is a safe meeting place for all local residents to come together, from all faiths and ethnic backgrounds.

The group is diverse, and is a place where friendships between different people and different communities have blossomed, and where common interests can be explored. The arts and craft focus of the group transcends language barriers and works across the many different cultures represented; current activities include knitting, sewing and painting. Attendees can share skills and knowledge with each other, or can simply just have a friendly chat and enjoy the company of other people. The group takes part in Voluntary Arts week every May, and this year the group will be working collectively to create a crepe-paper craft-bomb, to be displayed in Govanhill Library and Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre.

To find out more, please contact

Katarina Simonovicova

0141 423 8093

Tuesday Evening Drop-In

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The Tuesday Evening Drop-In is a group run by Crossroads, in partnership with Crossreach (Daisy Chain Early Years Project) and the Govanhill Free Church. The drop-in is run for members of the Slovak and Czech Roma communities in Govanhill, every Tuesday night from 5.30pm – 8.00pm, at Govanhill Free Church on Belleisle Street.

The group provides a safe, welcoming and comfortable space for members of the local Roma communities in which to build friendships and develop networks across their communities, while sharing common interests and working to address common issues. The group offers a dedicated family programme, regular awareness-raising sessions on a range of issues from health and wellbeing to financial matters, and provides access to a number of agencies, including welfare right advice (on fortnightly basis). The group have also recently organised a number of educational trips, and provided opportunities in arts and crafts in which members can share their creativity.

To find out more, please contact

Michaela Vyhlidal Dudasova

0141 423 8093

Feel Good Women's Group

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The Feel Good Women’s Group runs every Thursday, at Daisy Street Neighbourhood Centre in Govanhill, from 12.15 – 2.15pm. The group provides an hour-long fitness class (with an accompanying crèche for pre-school children, provided for the group), and afterwards members have a healthy and nutritious lunch together, and take part in health-related activities

The group presents a much-needed space for local women to socialise while improving their health and wellbeing. The group recently started a dedicated Women’s Swimming Initiative with the support of Glasgow Life, creating a valuable opportunity for local women to learn to swim in a culturally sensitive environment, overcoming cultural barriers that would normally prevent them from being able to access this type of leisure and learning opportunity. The Feel Good Women’s Group is a constituted group, and is run by the women who participate, with assistance and support from Crossroads. They also took part in the recent ‘Fairer Scotland’ and ‘Healthier Scotland’ engagement events, which will feed into government policy and was empowering experience for the women.

To find out more, please contact

Barbara Flynn

0141 423 8093

Roma Baking Group

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The Roma Baking Group runs weekly on Thursdays at the Govanhill Baths on Calder Street, 5.00pm – 7.00pm. The group is one of our newest community projects, and was developed through taking an asset-based approach to community development with participants from the Tuesday Evening Drop-In..

This group has built on the skills, aptitudes and interests of its participants in patisserie and baking, and so far has provided cakes and baking at a number of community events, including Christmas celebrations at the Tuesday Drop-In, Crossroads’ Seminars and at a Social Work Student Conference. The positive feedback from these events has built the confidence of the group and its members now meet on a weekly basis to further develop their skills.

To find out more, please contact

Michaela Vyhlidal Dudasova

0141 423 8093

Men's Group

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The Men’s Group is the one of the newest groups to be developed by Crossroads, and is run in partnership with The Hidden Gardens. The group is open to men from all backgrounds across the southside of Glasgow, and meets every Tuesday at the Hidden Gardens, 25a Albert Drive (beside the Tramway), from 1pm – 3pm..

The group is shaped and directed by participants themselves, and offers the opportunity to develop skills and try new activities (cooking, archery, gardening, etc.), or simply the opportunity to meet up in a friendly, relaxed and peaceful environment.

For further Information, please contact

Sean Mannion

0141 423 8093

Understanding Each Other

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The Understanding Each Other project is a community engagement initiative that Crossroads delivers in primary schools in Govanhill and surrounding areas. The goal of the initiative is to raise and stimulate awareness of issues and experiences of migration and community integration for pupils in the primary 5/6 age ranges.

The initiative does this by delivering workshops in local schools where pupils are introduced to local people with migration experiences, who share their stories with pupils through personal reminiscence, photographs and cultural objects specific to their backgrounds and experiences. Pupils in the participating classes are then asked to share their own stories of migration, journeys, holidays, or experiences of other cultures, illustrating these with memories and personal belongings. The initiative encourages positive dialogue between different communities and cultures. In the last year the project has delivered workshops in 5 local primary schools, with around 100 pupils.

For further Information, please contact

Sean Mannion

0141 423 8093

or

Katarina Simonovicova

0141 423 8093