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Vol. 1, March 2012

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Sowing The Seeds of The Future In the Fertile Soil of the Past A year in the making, continuing as a work in progress! Govan Together have spent the past 12 months exploring the reality and possibilities for a vibrant, locally led, creative, sustainable, Govan now. We have uncovered and celebrated the abundant resilience and resourcefulness that is right here. Understanding from the start that Govan is not materially wealthy we have unearthed the treasures of the richness in living that comes from a focus on people: caring, sharing and creating together.

Through grounding our work in the development of the community garden, organising ‘together’ activities big and small, calling on expert input, engaging in action learning and opportunities for skills sharing to explore learning for resourcefulness; together we have mapped out a new community of interest open to all. A community that is earth appreciating and centred around shared values of respect, empowerment, interdependence and the celebration of diversity.

Five organisations and countless people collaborated on making this project happen and that partnership was rich in learning too. When we have a dominant culture of command, control and competition, how do we get past our habits of thinking and doing in order to capitalise on becoming more than the sum of our parts? Mistakes we have of course made, and as the saying goes they are only mistakes if you don’t learn from them. We have endeavoured to acknowledge our mistakes, make amends, think about what went wrong, and learn from it so that we do things differently, better, next time. This is why the soil of the past is so fertile: it holds all the lessons of mistakes made to bring wisdom to our actions now for the future. And what of the seeds we are sowing? There is a great flourishing of ideas, not all can be claimed as the product of Govan Together, though all can be supported and encouraged by the ongoing energy generated through this coming

together. Having come to better understand what is resilient about this place, its people, and history, we can see where there are resources that we can use to inform and support the present and the future. Over these eight pages, and on the ‘A Resilient, Resourceful Govan’ map insert, we hope to illustrate and acknowledge the experiment, effort and effect of Govan Together. Perhaps we can inform and inspire people locally and globally to take a chance on each other and work together to make the world a better place. Here’s to low carbon thriving: high fulfilment, locally sourced, living!

Govan Together was initiated by the Govan Folk University ☞ and funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, Project 1349 ☞ ccf. Watch our film about this yearlong adventure ☞

The Circle of Giving and Receiving I think that everyone has something to give: even people who think they have nothing for whatever reason ie lack of finances, ill health, they always do. At the same time people nearly always need something. It may be a practical thing or something else.  And remember the saying “one mans trash is another man’s treasure!” While Alison was helping out with the dinner nights, thinking about her work, about life in general, and the talks at the community garden about improving things in Govan, the importance of completing the circle of giving and receiving was on her mind.  This does not need to be about

an exchange of money, in fact preferably not. We all have so many things lying around that we don’t use but that could make a massive difference to a person that might need that particular thing. One evening without having really thought about doing anything she decided to put pieces of paper on the tables and marked one side “needs” and the other “I can offer”. She stood up and gave a short introduction about it.  A lot of happy chattering followed and the results quite literally brought tears to her eyes. “I was quite staggered by the generosity of what people were offering in terms of items,

friendship, help with household chores, decorating etc.” The needs box was what really got her, “Someone who was homeless needed somewhere to stay, someone needed hugs, which I helped out with. Someone needed help to improve their English speaking. All sorts of things: football boots, a waterproof jacket etc.” People’s response to this simple invitation for sharing and caring really blew her away. It seemed to have the same effect on the other participants.  This is something she would really love to take forward and develop.

Telling a new story, a better story, your story, our story There are many narratives of Govan out in the world. People know us variously as the home of Rab C Nesbiltt, an exploitable example of post-industrial decline and urban decay. Drugs, poverty, and crime, are synonymous with the sound of the place name. There is another narrative which is the “macho”, ship building, heroic “Clydebuilt” home of the pride of the Clyde (or Clutha as our river is known in older tongues); and yet another that reminds us of the ancient “Kingdom of Strathclyde”, the emergence of Christianity here and the Viking hogback stones. The truth about Govan of course is all of these things and much more. Our place is enriched by the constant influx of people from all over

the world – a process that began in prehistoric times and continues to this day with colourful cultural contributions from Africa, Asia and mainland Europe. Usually our new neighbours arrive from places in turmoil but they have always brought with them skills, talents and abilities from crafts people working with stone, wood and metal, bricks and mortar, to artists, musicians, community activists and spiritual leaders. This eclectic mix of peoples have left their legacy; in the built environment, in the stories, myths and legends that they have forged in their thousands; and have given us the rich, vibrant and resourceful community that we have uncovered during this year of Govan Together. Yes, there are problems – there is poverty and suffering. But

there also remains a strong spirit of community, togetherness and caring that is quite remarkable in the 21st Century. In 2012, there is an emerging new narrative of Govan that is of a vibrant, resilient, resourceful community: a liveable place where people make their own opportunities and are leading the way into the future.

Bus Tour ‘Bringing Govan Together’ 30 July 2011 Photo ☞ Cartoon ☞ Content gathered with the help of local volunteers and all Govan Together partners. We hope our grammar and spelling is correct and that we’ve not misquoted, miss represented or missed anyone out. Enjoy!

Frank has lived in Govan all his life. From his flat he’s got a great view of Elder Park, with family living close by and his sister through the back. He’s always voted for the Green Party because the environment is important to him, and he would love to go on the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior Ship. He used to just go to the Riverside Hall on a Tuesday, and got fed up with that, wanted more to do. One night he was playing dominos with someone who said try Neighbourhood Networks. Couldn’t believe he walked past their office every day and had never heard of it (It’s amazing what’s just around the corner waiting to be found). So he called them up and they came out to see him. A couple of days later he joined the Network and never looked back since. Life is now full of things to do!

Frank “What about a Govan Orchard? What about the open land next to the ship yards for allotments?”

Citizenship’ they are currently painting & selling bird box’s for the RSPB, with a visit to Lochwinnoch wetland bird reserve planned. Life Long Learning includes music, art, gardening club at the allotments in Bellahouston and cooking. For the last seven years Frank has been the class rep and passed all his qualifications. He was recently speaking to the principle about getting help for people with disabilities to use the lifts particularly when it’s busy. A On Saturdays you’ll find him volunteering in the British Heart Foundation Charity shop at Govan Cross. This February Frank received a 5-year service award from the head of the Foundation. A

Healthy Engaged People

Five days a week Frank is busy learning at Cardonald College. In ‘Get Involved – Active

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“A resilient community is one that takes intentional action to enhance the personal and collective capacity of its citizens and institutions to respond to and influence the course of social and economic change.”

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“We collaborate with other communities near and far - we know no place can go it alone”

They will be inscribed into granite Waymarker slabs placed at intervals to guide visitors along the riverside walk from Water Row to the old Graving Docks. The granite for the project has been recycled from the building works for the new Riverside Museum. This is just one of the outcomes of Matt’s time in Riverside. Others include ‘The Govan Raid’, the naming of the river walkway ‘Harland Way’ and a series of sculptures inspired by the Doomster Hill earthwork that once stood on the site of Govan Riverside. A

Community Garden

The designs ‘collage’ visual and written material from the history of the area....they are not intended to be museum style interpretation rather they are fragments from all different periods Matt saw connections and richness in placing side by side.

“People just want to feel connected, relevant, participants in the goings on around them” Workshop

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At times collaboration has been a struggle however working together has added perspectives, connections, resources, reach and learning to the project invaluably. As a skill in contrast to our current culture of command, control and compete, collaboration is something we need to practice to perfect. Much ground has been covered and we have had an impact greater than the sum of our parts: a community garden, an educational charity, a cultural social enterprise, a skills building charity and a community anchor organisation. All local grassroots organisations led by visionary, committed, passionate and ambitious individuals. All serving a different constituency. Many facing tough organisational challenges at the same time.

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The Grow Your Own Food course is free! Every Saturday until mid May 11am in the Garden. Learn about; Observing the garden, Soil Analysis and Compost, Planning Your Crops, Sowing Seeds, Propagation/Taking Cuttings, Saving Seed, Pests and Disease, Care and Maintenance of Fruit Trees and Bushes. In the afternoon there will be an open practical session based around the topic studied in the morning. A donation of work (in the afternoon) would be gratefully appreciated, to help improve the community garden. Interested? Come along, or contact Fiona A

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Govan Together was like jazz. We kept a regular ‘rhythm every two weeks with the project meetings and weekly with the work at the garden. Plenty of the work was improvised and then reflected on in a true action learning style. We created together events large and small, produced a film and two broadsheets, hosted workshops, delivered learning and linked with others which provided the syncopated accents within our composition.

It is the combination of the large scale, creative, symbolic imaginative journeys and the small scale/one to one dialogues: it is the inclusion of hands on skills learning in a wide variety of areas from creative and cultural industries to horticulture and catering; it is the contrast between the cerebral, intellectual, learning in dialogue and the applied hands on learning and development (where dialogue happens) that has made this project as diverse and rich as it has been. Head, heart and hand have all been engaged, celebrated and respected for their distinctiveness and value.

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Key to the Timeline


Over the year Govan Together has helped the Elder Park Community Garden improve facilities through buying the materials for a new greenhouse (including pots for planting up and tools) and outdoor kitchen (including oven and wormery). The project has also helped the garden to stay open longer by providing expenses to volunteers, as well as supporting the development and delivery of Grow Your Own Food & Renewable Energy workshops. Relevant knowledge resources have been bought, copies of old Govan maps and books (housed in the CHE Library) including The Earth Care Manual, Forest Gardening, Permaculture in a Nutshell & The Permaculture Garden. Opportunities for further learning were invested in with two garden volunteers supported on the Permaculture Design Course run by Urban Roots  A And Govan Together bought the groceries each week for the Dinner Nights. 


Artwork by Matt Baker (with research support from Ingrid Shearer and Jack Sweeney)

A Year in the Making

Compass of Resilience adapted with consent from version in 'Exploring Community Resilience' by Nick Wilding, published by Carnegie UK Trust. A

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These designs - seven dotted around the broadsheet and map - are the result of artist Matt Baker’s one year residency in the Riverside Community in Govan.



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Inclusive, creative culture

“We steward our land, food, water, energy, services, jobs, housing”




Through the Network he came down to the dinner nights. He even spoke up as part of Have Your Say. This Spring Frank is off to Prague with the Network to talk about the work and benefits of the organisation as part of a European Learning Exchange. The Network sees “communities as places where people don’t just share the same streets but actively co-operate with each other for mutual advantage”. Community Living Workers can help folk access new opportunities and deal with some of the details of daily life.   Working with people in our neighbourhoods to support each other, to live independently in our own homes and to follow our dreams: A Springboard to Anything.   Give them a call 314 0027, A

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Step Up A Climate for Change, Young Scot

Govan Thegither Broadsheet Conceptualised & Edited by Susan Pettie including photography, text and copy A Designed in collaboration with Olafur Breidfjord including illustrations and layout A Proofing was a collaborative effort with thanks to all the partners. Frontpage; second article by Alison Thomas, third article by Liz Gardiner.

Abbey is in fifth year at the largest school in Europe, Holyrood Secondary. She’s studying english, maths, creative cakemaking, woodworking and home economics. Careers advisers in school said volun-teering would be good on her CV. Though she stays at Paisley Road Toll she has been coming to Linthouse to visit her Aunt since she was small. One day last year she spotted a notice in the window of the Unity in the Community charity shop that used to be at Govan Cross, they were looking for volunteers for the 371 Paisley Road West shop.


Unity in the Community is charity that raises funds to provide welfare services, where possible, for asylum seekers and other people in need in Glasgows. They have two other shops in Govan, a clothes shop on Shaw Street and the Nae Borders Book shop on Langlands Road. The charity was set up by the Unity Centre a

“I wanted to be a vet or a teacher I’m not sure now. I’d like to set up charity. It’s not so good to enjoy something on your own when others don’t have stuff. When you can help someone you feel better.”

volunteer run service that provides practical support for asylum seekers especially when they face being locked up in detention centres or being forcibly removed, carrying on the strong tradition of solidarity on the Clydeside. The center also supports ‘Unity’ the union of asylum seekers and sans papiers in Scotland. A

John and Abbey then ended up volunteering to cook for the ‘With Love’ alternative valentines dinner night. This was a chance for Abbey to practice her creative cake skills.

Abbey started volunteering in the big red shop in June. She’s met lots of people, from different countries as well as her own. Norrie Anderson from the GalGael Trust came into the shop and told them about the Thursday night dinner gatherings at 15 Fairley Street as well as the woodworking opportunities there. Abbey has made a jewelry stand for her mum, and is going to make a rabbit hutch for her bunny. A

At one of the ‘Have your Say’ conversations Abbey heard Linda talk about how disabled people can live normal lives. This got her thinking about getting young people involved in supporting people with disabilities so that both can learn more about each other. Abbey is staying on in school for 6th year and would like to do Camp America when she’s older. Govan has its own alternative to international volunteer projects, which don’t cost the earth. A

She also met John in the shop and they both went with Phil, from the Unity Centre, to the Tuesday dinner night and conversation in the PI at the beginning of January. It was a chance to meet new people and learn more about Govan.

“You canny put a price, put a price on your freedom, for freedom comes from within.” Tartan Heather, GalGael

Film and Broadsheet

Fablevision use creative practice to explore issues and uncover stories. They approached the exploration of resilience and resourcefulness in Govan with a playful plethora of events, film and broadsheet development. Their volunteers, longterm unemployed work placements, interns, students and trainees have learned new skills in filming, editing, photography, social media, journalism, graphic design, event management and cultural planning throughout the year. But most of all, they have brought their own skills, talents and resourcefulness to the project – applying youthful energy, creativity, enthusiasm and Bringing fun in equal measures. Govan A

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Collaborative Enquiry/Hosting Group The first Collaborative Enquiry meeting defined the focus as 1.Identifying & Mapping Resources 2.Building the Resources & 3.Forms of Learning that will enable 1&2. The nature of the enquiry was behaviour change, learning, togetherness, resilience, values and resourcefulness. We realised it was important to spend time practicing and learning ‘togetherness’ as a project group. Lots of questions emerged out of this as well as some answers. We are also ‘the community’, so what will resource US to be more effective? What practices are already happening in our work that increase resourcefulness?” It was in this space we discovered the Compass of Resilience pictured on pg2, a very useful way to think about it. The hosting group emerged out of the collaborative enquiry group. It met fortnightly to inquire into methods of transformative learning to quick start a conversation about community resilience and resourcefulness in Govan. It was an action-training in the Art of Hosting conversations that truly matter. Towards the end of the project, a dynamic energy emerged amongst regular participants of the Govan Conversations. People indicated strong support for the Conversations as they enable them to discuss issues they are passionate about and find ways to do something about them.


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‘Bringing Govan Together’. Kitchen Conversations Story Telling & Recording, Weaving, Theatre mapping, Resource mapping, Poem Crafting ‘What are you waiting for’, Film Screening, Open Top Bus Tour to GalGael and the Community Garden Sharing Stories Along the Way. ‘Reclaiming Christmas’. Lantern & Card Making, Alternative Santa, Christmas Wishes, Making Bundles of Love, Hand Made Craft Market, Reminiscence of Christmases Past, Lunch at the Church, Film Screening, Community Christmas Dinner, Procession of Light, Govan Old Service including Nativity Puppetry, Gaelic Choir & Communion, Finally Warming Drinks & Mince Pies.

Relevant books were bought (housed in the CHE Library), Walk Out, Walk On x8/Exploring Community Resilience x3/The Empowerment Manual by Starhawk x2/Bridges to Sustainable Communities: A system wide, cradle-to-grave approach to ending poverty in America/Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life


“The three main events will be key features of our monitoring and evaluation strategy and will be themed around the successive stages of the behavioural change process; awareness, engagement and action. So the first event will look to focus on information that will indicate levels of awareness in the area with a snapshot of the other two stages. The second will focus more on engagement and the third on what action people have been motivated to take either directly or indirectly by the project.” From the CCF Application.

‘Seeds for the Future’. Orchard Planting,GalGael Retrospective, Govan Armada & the Nothing Without Us About Us artists, Love to Learn/Love to Teach: Ideas for a Community Café/Mary Barbour/Precarious Employment, Govan Together Film & Popcorn, Community Meal, Reconvening the Parliament on Doomster Hill, Torchlight Procession & Declarations: Reclaiming Water Row: Ensuring the Rights of the Showpeople of Govan: Welcoming the Stranger, Foreigner, & Disposed, Rounded of with Dancing at the GalGael 15th Anniversary Ceilidh.

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Fablevision were tasked with the overview of communication and engagement throughout the life of the project: from reporting our unfolding story to funders to reaching right out into the community with our distribution of the broadsheet and invitations to local residents to join in the fun at events. Govan Press, Sunny Govan Radio and other local media providers were enrolled to support them in this task. They knew from the outset that fulfilling on communication and engagement with 11,0000 local people would depend on first of all discovering and uncovering who is here and what organisations exist (particularly in the voluntary and community sector) with real “reach” into the grassroots locally. For this reason, their main task has been “mapping” – uncovering and making visible the resources and people we have here already. Even Fablevision with their eternally positive and optimistic outlook on this community, have been overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the resources, local organisations, talent and power that exists here in Govan. Govan is truly a Glorious place!



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So how come we’ve got a community garden? Ian Sharp took the initiative, jumped in and got it going. “I went along to enquire about a rumour I’d heard regarding some kind of community allotments. I went along to try and join it because I wanted to grow my own food. It turned out that the project hadn’t started. The organisations involved were hoping to create a market garden. They said they’d had trouble attracting interest from local people. They were talking about starting in August, but I knew we had to catch the summer, as I could feel that it was going to be a hot summer, and I knew that would make it easier to attract people. I offered to try to get things up and running.” An inspired individual, starting from scratch, with a good idea of how to contribute to the community is a common story in Govan. “The proposed site was derelict and filled with rubbish, but with the help of the Community Janitors and James from the Coach House Trust, we got it cleared up. I thought that the area would not be big enough for people to have their own space, so I planned it as a communal growing space where people could come to meet one another and learn. I knocked on doors asking for help from local companies, suffered the odd refusal, but most seemed happy to help. So armed with a few tools and some odd materials, I tried to build the beginnings of the garden.” As they say ‘no human is an island’ and with a team you can get some momentum going. “After a couple of months someone stopped at the gates to ask what I was doing. It seems I’d been talked about by those who lived nearby. When I explained what I was doing, they said “Aye, I’ve seen you in here pushing wheelbarrows and stuff, so you don’t work for the council?” I said, “No, I’m just trying to make a wee space to feel good in”. Sometimes after that people would arrive saying that they’d heard what was going on and they’d like to help. After a couple of months I arranged a meeting where interested residents could find out what I’d been doing and get involved. Shortly after that we formed a community group with around 20 core members and countless friends.”

Beauty & the Wheelbarra

“You don’t have to be a millionare to be happy”

Scotland’s Common Good Fund is for the benefit of the citizens of the town, village or area of the country that the common good belongs to. It consists of land and property; such as art galleries, town halls, parks, and movable assets; such as paintings, jewellery, robes of office, gifts to the City. These public assets have been accruing for over 500 years; they are worth tens of millions of pounds in different places all over the country. A

By law any money made from these assets through rent and sales should be put back into the Fund. Elder Park Community Garden sits in a park that is part of Glasgow City’s Common Good. Folk don’t know that the Common Good Fund exists. Even government workers and councilors don’t understand what it is. Ask your councilor see what they say. Hence The Common Good Awareness Project. A

Historical map research with the help of Alison McLaren and Stewart Cunningham. Community garden drawing by Ian Sharp. Design inspired by Mitch Miller´s A Common Good information from Bob Hamilton. Contributions to text from Ian Sharp, Carol Henry and Fiona MacDougall. Read garden updates and see more photos A

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Why a Garden?

Linthouse, Elderpark, and Govan Urban Planters, LEGUP, are a group of local residents.

Few of the people who have joined the project knew one another some knew no one in their local area. The garden has been a great resource to folk, many who were previously isolated and living in flats with nowhere to meet, except at home or along the street. You might suggest “something else”, but many cannot afford that.

For the past two years we have been building a community garden in the grounds of the old Fairfield Farmhouse in Elder Park. We enjoy being outdoors, appreciate nature and we grow vegetables. We also create a place for people to meet and chat, meet new friends and old, a place of relaxation and fun, and a space for creative activities. Some people just come to hang out others cook or grow veg, or make stuff like benches or planters. We swap stories and skills and generally help one another. We have had a few events there already and hope to do more and that the folk of Govan will come along.

I’ve been to the garden in the height of winter when it’s been torrential rain - you know, one of those days when you can tell it’s not going to stop raining – and there are 20 people there crowded round under a tarpaulin. We grow veg, but that’s not all that people come for. They come for the company.

Personal space is vital, it provides solace in a busy world. We all need time to recover. However, when personal space becomes isolation, it can be very destructive. To have free communal space is vital for every group of people. It’s a basic human requirement we get sick when we don’t have this. The positive effect of natural environments on humans is plain to see. Recent studies prove that the earth emits vibrational frequencies that help to balance all living things. Shoes and concrete block those signals, so it’s important people touch the earth in some way and gardening is ideal for this. We are born of the earth and must be connected to it, not only for our own health, but also for the health of the places that we inhabit.

So Far So Good A cash bought the tool shed and the planters. Took up some of the tarmac by hand - backbreaking work. Nursery School planters were too high for the kids so surrounded them with tyres so they could reach. Sacred circle - was meant to be a labyrinth - it’s planted with herbs. Tyres from a local garage. High School collected the plastic bottles and volunteers built the plastic bottle green house. Solar Panel on shed & wind turbine was contributed by Linthouse HA. Autoglass on Fairley Street gave the planters. Bays for materials, one may become a compost bin. “LEGUP is strong. Not least because it’s transparent and the wider community stands to benefit from its successes. After all, it’s why it was created and why its efforts are loved and respected. It’s also why I choose to be a member.”

“Volunteering has blown me away the amount of friends I’ve made. Moving to Govan I put myself out there and got involved.”

The Next Steps Each year the garden grows and develops! We have been working on new facilities; a new planting area and a decent greenhouse; the previous ones blew away in the storms. We still have loads of stuff to do and there’s plenty of room for new ideas. Our next projects will be building an outdoor kitchen, including oven, and some composting facilities. We’re always looking for new members to get stuck in and you don’t just need to be interested in gardening as we’re all interested in loads of other stuff too. We need folk who want to make signs, update the website, take photos, keep records, organise events, cook, build things, find materials, create artwork, teach any skills that folk can use and add to the good craic. Members come and go and we are all volunteers so we need to just appreciate each other while we are part of each other’s lives.


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More garden information & videos A Geological map information from Stephen Metts A Plant photos A Find out more about the place urban gardening has in supporting low cardon living and be inspired through the Cuban example at A Imagine everyone in Govan going all green fingered and home grown!

“You can see and meet all sorts of cultures here in Glasgow. Iran doesn’t accept other people or religions. Here the future for our children will be okay.”

“The network is good. There’s lots happening art, theatre, sport, and you find out more about other opportunities. The community police come along so you can ask them questions.” That’s where the family found out about the Tuesday dinner nights. Glasgow University’s Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET) has an artist in residence, the painter Sarah Leonard, she has been drawing portraits of the drop-in members. A

Hassan would like to get into gardening, social care, plumbing or become an electrician. Two days a week he and Marzieh are learniing English at Langside College, and the kids go to nursery. They always want to find more opportunities to practice speaking. A

Arriving at Heathrow the Home Office sent them to Glasgow. Glasgow is one of the Cities of Sanctuary. A City of Sanctuary is a place of safety and welcome for people whose lives are in danger in their own countries. A

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people with the daily details of asylum/refugee life, sort and give out donations, as well as distributing food parcels and bus passes to those who are destitute. If you’d like to attend or volunteer come along on a Wednesday. A

Glasgow is like a village compaired to that City. I say I like this village. People in Glasgow are very kind, open and helpful. People here are very good. And it’s a small city so it’s easy to get around.” Hassan is a biology teacher and with a love of plants he also loves rain, it gives him a good feeling, “I like the weather here in Glasgow, the growth, the environment. It’s great to be able to see the mountains around the city, to have the parks and the wild landscape.”

Marzieh and Hassan are from Iran. They have been staying round the corner from the Pearce Institute for over two years and they love Govan. They came to Britian in 2007 to seek asylum. “Iran is a very beautiful, dry country, with great architecture and a very different culture. The religion is Muslim and you’re not allowed to take another religion.” They are worried about the future for their country. Their son Ilya came with them and their daughter Elena was born in the Southern General. They are applying for asylum for the second time this year.

A couple of months ago a friend was singing the praises of the Govan & Craigton Integration Network, now the family enjoy the Wednesday drop-in12.30-2.30 at the Pearce Institute. The network works with all the diverse communities of the Greater Govan area. Volunteers translate and interpret, help

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Challenges of Parenting Film Project Chris and Isobel met at the Reclaiming Christmas event. Both were along helping out and got chatting. They discovered a mutual interest in the challenges of parenting and how folk deal with them, including things like breastfeeding. Chris’s idea of making a film about it fitted well with Isobel’s placement project for her Community Development Degree at Glasgow Uni. Connections were made with parents and organisations the community through delivering the Govan Thegither Broadsheet and other outreach, and they’ve now gathered a ‘community of parents’ to turn the idea into reality. These parents are working hands-on together in the planning, funding, creation and distribution of the film. If you’re interested get in touch 07977544064, A

Pop-up Community Bike Workshop

Psalm 148 Praise the lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all the deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling all commands!

When we were working on getting our new Charity shop in Govan ready for opening we stored some of our donated bikes in the front of the shop and many people came in asking if we were going to open as a bike shop and it was clear there was a big demand for a bike shop in Govan. So hence the idea of running a pop up bike workshop where people can come once or twice a week to get their bikes fixed or to buy cheap secondhand bikes that we have repaired and checked. We’ve got a couple of fully qualified bike mechanics interested in volunteering, plus our own volunteers and supporters are keen cyclists, folk are keen to learn more about fixing bikes so we hope to have the project up and running very soon if there is enough interest. Anyone interested in getting involved the Unity Centre, 427 7992 or come into one of our charity shops on Shaw Street or Paisley Road West or email A

Mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars! Wild animals and cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Master of the Universe Here Liz, Gehan and Vérène prepare the ground for our Govan Together Fortune.

Seeds of the Future We are Planting

Dinner Nights

Over the course of the year we had people come to visit us and see what Govan Together was up to. We also went out and about spreading the word of resilience and resourcefulness. Jarrow and Walker Community Resilience Project came for a study visit. Govan mappers presented at the State of the Map Scotland, Unconference, A Development Trust Association Community Ownership Support Services A came out to see the garden and were very impressed. The PI hosted the Nourish Scotland Annual Conference, ‘The new food economy: towards a secure and sustainable future for food in Scotland’. A delegation from Orebro, Sweden came to learn more about what’s going on, they included employment projects, community theatre, social enterprise and city officials. Govanites attended the Common Wealth Games at Love Milton, another community growing project in the city Prof Phil Hanlon & co visited us for an Afternow learning journey in their quest for a brave new future for public health A Govan Together took part in the Creative Network & SURF Joseph Rowntree Foundation meeting to explore ‘Reality, Resources, Resilience’ and the impact of recession-based policy decisions on disadvantaged communities A Later that day we were inspired by a presentation from Frank Creber, Creative Director, Bromley By Bow Centre, the original healthy living centre. A This was organised by Jackie Sands the Arts & Health Coordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“Not much new things in the garden space – rocked out the dinner nights last night. 27 people turned up without any advertising. One concern will be to facilitate conversations at the dinner tables if things get busy & somewhat challenging. All partners are welcome to provide some support if need be on the night. Skills to facilitate the dinner conversations and enable everyone’s voice to be heard will be discussed at hosting group meetings.” Minutes of Project Meeting November 2011.



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Last winter we noticed that everyone was at a loose end because there was little to do in the garden. So we figured we’d try and do something the next winter. Around the same time we got talking to a local woman who said she missed the dinners that used to happen in the Pearce Institute. We had no idea that this happened in the past. See for yourself Alastair A

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The Centre for Human Ecology’s role in Govan Together was to coordinate and facilitate a series of learning events. Beginning in November 2011, the Govan Conversations were held on Tuesday evenings at the Pearce Institute alongside LEGUP’s delicious meals. Using transformative learning and action research methods, these events focused on facilitating conversations about community resilience and resourcefulness, with a view to providing a forum by which people felt empowered to teach and learn the skills and resources necessary to make Govan a resilient community. They included a number of ‘Govan Soapbox’ Have-your-Say nights where people shared what mattered to them, you can see the topics covered dotted about the paper in the placards. There was also a series of talks by world-class thinkers sharing thought-provoking insights and perspectives into aspects of resilience and in the spirit of collaboration enquire into what Govan has to teach the world as a community which has experienced and survived economic and social collapse.

- Every Tuesday through the winter until March at least… LEGUP members will cook and serve vegetarian dinners for the public at the Pearce Institute on Govan Road. The meal is free, but people can give donations or help with the dishes, and if anyone fancies having a go at cooking we’re happy to give them whatever help they may need. Life is better when folks know one another so... Please come along if you’re free – it’s better than TV -

Amazing connections made, current experience shared, and new ideas dreamt up.


- You are warmly invited to a shared meal and a space for meaningful conversation about what we value about Govan and what would make it a thriving community for Govanites. The Govan Conversations are a weekly series of hosted community events featuring lively discussion, films, stimulating guest speakers and participatory community visioning. What is the Govan of the future? -

december 2011

External Links

Govan Conversations

We would like to take this opportunity to write to you to express our appreciation for the Pearce Institute café as a venue for the Govan Together Dinner Nights.. Over the last five months the Dinner Nights have provided a space for us to come together and engage with community groups and local individuals and share knowledge and inform each other of thing that are going on in the local area. This project has allowed us to start to rekindle the Govan community spirit, with participants stating that it is a step towards to recapturing a sense of community that has been lost over the years.” Letter to the Board of the PI, March 2012


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Contributions to timeline articles by Carol Henry, Vérène Nicolas and Gehan MacLeod. 'Seeds of the Future' text contributed by initiating individuals and organisations. CHE has produced a 'Learning Report' covering the Govan Conversations, small talks, Collaborating for Change workshops, LEGUP development sessions and the process of partnership working from their point of view.

Learning Together for Change

Rev Dr Moyna McGlynn blessed our Govan Together tree, a dessert apple of the Fortune variety. Fruit trees were planted by the LEGUP volunteers, Ian, Carol, Jim, Bob, Ian, David, Michelle and JC with help from Ciarra Jones, Teighan McQuid Chawner and Luke.

Six open informative sessions with fellow community members where we can learn from each other. Just bring yourself your thoughts are valueable to the group. Each week the group chooses subjects to talk about the following week. Inspired by ‘Have Your Say’ subjects we might talk about ‘Building reasons for Hope’, ‘Rebuilding Solidarity’, ‘Taking an Active Part in Democracy’. Every Tuesday 5-6.30pm in CHE Library on 2nd Flr of the PI from 10th April till 15th May. Interested? Call Amreeta 07709813615, A or leave a message in the PI.

These are the seeds of hope: we plant In honour of friendship In remembrance of difficulty In the triumph of achieving together In all our futures transformed May this tree be the symbol Of the good that was here And the good that is to come. Amen

‘Knights of Govan’ Boxing Gym for Govanites

You are invited to suggest ideas for workshops, activities, stalls and happenings. Events can happen at the Pearce, the community garden, the shopping centre, on the street. Two days for discussions, films, projects, campaigns, issues, food and fun. If you want to help out, have ideas, or to find out about, check the website reshuffle12., sign up for updates or find Bob ‘Hammy’ Hamilton around the place.

Dougie Munro is working on setting up a boxing gym in Govan, with weekly training and competitions. Getting everybody all thegither. If you don’t want to do contact sport, just come along for the training it’s a great whole body, work out. For kids from 7 up, women & men. He ran a gym in Bridgton in the 80’s. Mon, Wed, Fri for guys, & Tue, Thur for women. As a boxer he was #7 in UK & #14 in Europe at lightweight level getting fit again is one of the reasons he wants to do this. He’s looking for £10,000, for two rings (dismantable floor ring & a competition ring) and kit: skipping ropes, bag mitts, spar mitts, head guards, body armour, hooking pads, punch bags, speed ball. Are you up for it? Leave a message at Sunny Govan for Dougie.

Govan Asset Lab “Cultural & Social Assets are more important but harder to describe.” Marysia is an architect sick of the property led approach to regeneration and instead interested in ‘Asset Based Community Development’ (like our mapping of resources) and was invovled in the Govanhill Asset Mapping project. Having lived in Ibox she’d love to take this work forward here working with school kids & families perhaps as part of the Village Square in the PI? A

Glorious Govan


David Abram spoke first in the talks curated by the CHE. In ‘Oral Culture & Climate Change’, David explained the importance of coming back to our ‘senses’, including our animal sense, our 6th sense, in our relationship to the world. Exploring the concept of ‘ecopsychology’; a synergistic relation between planetary and personal well being. Tim Kasser spoke just before Christmas and brought some science to back up our idea of Reclaiming the season from materialism. In ‘A Revolution of Values: Materialism & its Alternatives.’ Tim spoke of the negative health impacts a consumerist focus has on folk. Good news is that sharing caring and creating keep us happy and healthy. Watch the talk here A

As part of the commitment to Learning for Resourcefulness the project supported the design and delivery of three sets of workshops: Grow Your Own Food (see Community Garden for more info), Renewable Energy, and Collaborating for Change.






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Climate Culture Community What Fulfillment do we get from our place

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The Climate Challenge Fund grant was divided up across the partners to deliver specific elements of the project including the functions of project management; there was also a central reserve for design & print, marketing & promotions and ancillary event costs (roughly10% of total). GalGael were responsible for financial oversight and book keeping for our project, as well as chairing our Project Meetings (6.5%). The Pearce Institute was our base for meetings, events and meals (7%). We invested £15,500 in the new community garden including a new wheel-chair accessible polytunnel and we hope to see this blooming in the year ahead, and LEGUP was responsible for our Carbon Reporting (20.5%). The Centre for Human Ecology designed and delivered our learning for transformation this included support to the Project Group, the Govan Conversations & Talks, the Collaborative Enquiry/ Hosting Group, the Collaborating for Change Workshops and LEGUP development sessions (27%). Fablevision were responsible for producing the film and two broadsheets, the large events and small events, the communication & engagement plan as well as the monitoring & evaluation framework along with progress reporting to CCF Seeds of including the final report (29%). the future

Ruth Little,

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We were pleased that Govan Together brought £90,000 into the local area, enabling five organisations to work together in making visible some of the assets that make Govan the place it is.

The Renewable Energy Workshops are free! They demonstrate how to design, construct and use a simple photovoltaic (PV) panel made from cheaply sourced silicon cells; recycled polycarbonate and sustainably grown wood. Giving a good grounding in the basics of electricity; comprehensive soldering tuition; the design of the solar ‘battery’; a discussion on enclosure design and a few pointers on the control and storage of the electricity generated. They are now in the final weeks based at the PI. If you’re interested in finding out more contact Richard A

February 2012

January 2012

Another alternative celebration this time on Valentines Day, ‘Govan With Love’ expanded our sense of love to encompass love for the planet; again a vegetarian meal from LEGUP was enjoyed along side ‘turns’ from folk, and special sans alcohol cocktails. Ruth Little and Mary-Jane Lamont came to share with us their ideas and songs looking at ‘Climate, Culture, Community: What fulfilment do we get from our place?’ which included tales of the recent boat trip to the Western Isles with artists and scientists exploring LEGUP Deresilience in remote rural places. Finally velopment The Bard we enjoyed an evening of ‘Interplay’, in Govan MonDay a very gentle introduction to story 30 telling and expressive dance as Collaborat24 ing for a means of connecting Table Conversation Table Conversation Change with each other. 10


The Collaborating for Change workshop were a free series that ran over four days Jan-March with a final date in April to go. For individuals and organisations based in Govan, they explored skills to communicate across differences and to foster a culture of dialogue in the community as a whole. We all know that conflict & tensions sap people’s energy and creativity. Practical, simple skills can be learnt to hold challenging conversations that come our way on a daily basis. In times of shrinking resources, our efforts to make Govan a vibrant & resourceful place require we work more effectively together and across all sectors of the community. Strengthening our capacity to collaborate is an integral part of the resilience agenda. Interested in finding out more? Contact Vérène A

Next up we presented an alternative Burns Night with contributions from across our community. ‘The Bard in Govan’ explored Burn’s commitment to nature, our vegetarian haggis was piped inn and in traditional ceilidh style we enjoyed turns from the collected crowd. Pat Kane (of Hue & Cry fame) then came to speak to us. ‘Radical Animal: How do we balance human nature, innovation and the challenges of climate change’ explained that we learn through play and need to examine how our thirst for novelty and innovation, can be redirected from status consumption to something more active, fulfilling and planet-friendly. Hear more A

Currently, there is no funding for Glorious Govan per se. Rather, individuals and organisations that share the vision and the value base attract resources for their own projects and plans. Discussions about additional funding are focussed on how to tell the whole story, disseminate the learning and provide an accessible information hub. Glorious Govan has grown from years of applied research and capacity building - and from Govan Together. Joining is a simple click of a button A

There is a desire to keep the Dinner Nights and Conversations going. Creating a welcome space open to everyone with vegetarian meals cooked by volunteers and paid for by donations. If you’re interested in cooking, eating, meeting, chatting, clearing up, come along, welcome in. Every Tuesday 6:30 at the Pearce Institute.

Small Events/Talks Our aim of supporting Together Activities included presenting 7 small events/talks, as well as the Large Events and the Dinner Nights.

Glorious Govan is a concept: an idea around which all of Govan can coalesce. Key drivers are the local Creative Network (a loose affiliation of artists and cultural industries organisations) in partnership with public, and voluntary representatives.

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Assist Social Capital has produced a report on the Govan Together Dynamic Facilitation Session ‘Gathering the Wisdom of the Collaboration’. LEGUP has produced a ‘Carbon Saving Report’ for the year April 2011/12. Prophet Scotland has produced a ‘Strategic Review’ of the Govan Together Project. All reports are available as PDFs on partner´s websites.

Govan Thegither Local Offices Govan ............. The Pearce Institute, 860 Govan Rd, 445 6007 ☞ Open Weekdays 8-9pm, check times for weekends. Govan & Linthouse Parish Church, 796 Govan Rd, 445 2010 ☞ Service Weekdays 10am Govan Old, Sunday 11am Govan Cross & 6.30pm Linthouse. Centre for Human Ecology, 860 Govan Rd, ☞ Library Open Thursdays 9-5pm Fablevision, 7 Water Row, 425 2020 ☞ Always on the go Linthouse ....... LEGUP, Elder Park Community Garden, 1119 Govan Road, 0785 830 9451 ☞ Garden Open Thursdays & Saturdays 12 till late Ibrox ............... GalGael, 15 Fairley St, 427 3070 ☞ Gathering & Meal Thursday 6pm Everywhere ... Where ever you are welcoming others in.

Broadsheet Details & Distribution This is the Second Edition of the Govan Thegither community broadsheet. It is published as a creative evaluation of the year long Govan Folk University initiated ‘Govan Together’ Climate Challenge Funded project. 11,000 copies have been published, including ‘A Resilient, Resourceful Govan’ map insert, and distributed across Greater Govan (Govan, Linthouse, Elderpark, Sheildhall, Drumoyne, Ibrox, Kinning Park) through the network of interested and supportive private, public and third sector organisations and individuals. PDF’s of both the First Edition (December 2011) and this edition are available on the partners websites. For more info ☞

Printers We are extremely grateful to our understanding printers. We thank them for being willing to print our short runs of 6,000 & 11,000, for taking our delays and technical queries in their stride and for supporting the publication of Govan Thegither by affording us an honourable discount. It’s brilliant to have their good will and best wishes with us! Check them out ☞

Thanks Govan Together has been an octopus of a project. Five active partners connecting with and reaching out to the local and wider community in a multifaceted way. This has been made possible by the investment of time and energy by a great number of people. High praise must be given to all for the collective effort. To all staff and volunteers with the Pearce Institute, Galgael, Fablevision, Centre for Human Ecology, Govan & Linthouse Parish Church and LEGUP including Abbey, Alan C, Alan G, Alastair, Alex, Alison Mc, Alison T, Amreeta, Angela, Anne, Antoinette, Bob, Brian, Carol, Cathy, Chris, Colin, Craig, Dougie, Ed, Elizabeth, Fiona, Frank C, Frank M, Fraser, Gehan, Gillian, Gordon, Graeme, Grant, Greig, Haggis Chef, Hassan, Hayley, Heather, Helen, Ian M, Ian S, Isobel, Jacquelyn, James, Jenny, Jim, Joe, John, Johnston B, Kate, Kaye, Laura, Linda, Liz G, Liz Mc, Lorraine, Louisa, Luke, Lynne, Mairi, Margaret, Marj, Mark, Martin Mc, Marzieh, Matthew D, Miriam, Misty Vie, Moyna, Nic, Norie, Olafur, Paul, Raymond, Rhona, Richard, Rosie, Scott J, Scott, Seinead, Stewart, Susan, Svenja, Tam, Thomas, Vérène, Victoria & William. Also to key contributers: - Kate Derickson, University of Glasgow Geography Department & Stephen Metts, Geospex for their work in Resource Mapping - Luci Ransome, as Glasgow Transition Support for her practical & moral support - Stephanie Clark, Keep Scotland Beautiful our Climate Challenge Fund Project Officer And the myriad others who were involved: A Govan of the Mind - Martin O’Connor AddAction After Now - Phil Hanlon, Sandra Carlise, Andrew Lyons & David Reilly Assist Social Capital - Colin Campbell Attune Theatre Brechins Bar Bridges Project Carers Scotland Central Govan Action Plan - Susan Hanlin City of Orebro, Sweden Class Cocktails - Janet Martin Community Police CRAN Theatre Development and Regeneration Services (Glasgow City Council) Elderpark Housing Association - Shirley McKnight Family Addiction Support Service Friends of Elder Park Friends of the Lyceum Glasgow Allotments Forum Glasgow Artist Studios Glasgow Boys Bridgade Glasgow Life - John Pope Glasgow Regeneration Agency Glasgow Social Centre Glasgow South West Voluntary Sector Network Glasgow Theatre and Arts Collective Govan and Craigton Community Health Partnership Govan and Craigton Integration Network Angela Gardiner, Emma Zetterstrom & Margaret Sweeney Govan Cross Centre Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative Govan Cross Church - Tea Room Team Govan Gaelic Choir Govan Health Centre - Euan Paterson & Carolyn Gillies Govan High School Govan Housing Association - Kenny Mollins Govan JobCentre Plus - Lesley Montgomery & Raymond Anderson Govan Old Church - Guides & Volunteers Govan Press - John Maclean Govan Remeniscence Group Govan Workspace Govan Youth Information Project Hopscotch Theatre Company Ibrox Library Ibrox Primary School Jarrow & Walker Community Resilience Project Jim Robertson & Others Kenda Knitwear Ltd Kinning Park Complex Linthouse Housing Association - John McBride Lorne Street Primary School LUV Café LUV Enterprises Mellow Parenting

Neighbourhood Networks NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde - Jackie Sands Nothing About Us Without Us - Matt Baker & t s Beall Number 13 Café Occupy Glasgow Plantation Productions - Moya Crowley & Angela Ross Pop-up Community Bike Workshop Preshal Trust Reshuffle Riverside Halls Riverside Primary School Scotland in Europe - Helen Kyle Scottish Government, Third Sector Division Scottsh Urban Regeneration Forum So We Stand - Julia Taudevin & Aaron Franks South Side News South West Area Creative Network St Saviours Primary School Starter Packs Sunny Govan Radio - Heather McMillan & Sir Brian McQuade Tea in the Pot - Janice Docherty, Anne Keegan & Ann McGhee The Portal The Ragged University The Showpeople Of Govan The Village Square Theatre Found Unfinished Picture Project Unity Centre - Phil & Others University of Strathclyde Xchange Scotland Most essentially to the members of the community who got involved with what was going on, regular and one time contributors to events, dinners and conversations, the folk who opened their door to us and our questions/requests/ suggestions, the hundreds of helping hands along the way. To all the inhabitants of Greater Govan we thank you for being you.

Glossary Culture = As ‘way of life’ including ideas, beliefs, values, knowledge and behaviours. Inhabitants = Folk who live, work and/or play in a place; they occupy an environment. Syncopation = A placement of rhythmic stresses or accents where they wouldn’t normally occur.

Dialogue: A Special Note Dialogue is Collaborative Communication: Folk talking together towards a shared understanding of issues and perspectives. We speak to each other, in a safe atmosphere, with the goal of exploring common ground and differences. We listen to understand and gain insight into the beliefs and concerns of each other: trying to identify strengths, rather than just weaknesses. We relate from a place of genuine curiosity in a spirit of shared inquiry. We uncover and investigate our own and others’ underlying assumptions. There is openness to being wrong and an openness to change. We express uncertainties, as well as deeply held beliefs. Our beliefs and values are explored. We trust that other people’s reflections will help improve our ideas rather than destroy them. We have a real concern for each other and aim to avoid alienating or offending. We aim to get over our ‘business as usual’ ways of exchange, allowing new information to surface. We assume that everyone has a piece of the answer and that together we can form the pieces into a more complete picture. “Having a good conversation with everyone is so fulfilling!”

Carbon Emissions Savings



You can check out your own carbon emissions here ☞



advice on household energy savings

Fighting fuel poverty by understanding energy use and cost, cost effective heating and hot water, neotiating and resolving fuel related arrears, accessing best tariffs for energy, online fuel switching, energy saving measures, and energy awareness training.

Call Donald or Kirsty on 445 7615 or 07794390711

drop into Money Matters Advice Centre in Orkney Street Enterprise Centre (old police station)

check out Save Energy 101 Could save you £101 a year. - Turn TV (etc.) Off Standby £35 - Energy Saving Light Bulbs £25 - Boil Only the Water you Need £20 - Dry Your Washing Outside £17 - Leaving a Room? Lights Off! £4

Shop Together Do you know Govan is the home of the oldest British co-operative? 1777 the Govan Old Victualling Society. Mutuality runs deep in these parts. 2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives. Wouldn’t it be great to have a good co-operative grocery shop in Govan again? How about modern day victualling, something like the People’s Supermarket. ☞

Quick Questionnaire Answer these on a scale: 0 not at all, to 10 totally. Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole nowadays? Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile? If you would like to score higher on these questions there are loads of local things for you to get involved with which can help you have a healthy mind and body, connect you into a support network, make good use of your skills and abilities, and broaden your horizons to the bigger picture. You are a valuable member of the Greater Govan community and we need you to shine.

Gather Together “The Govan Fair was a season of Bacchanalian pleasure in which all and sundry took part.” This annual celebration may have started as far back as the 1400’s at that time it would have been drovers leading the parade with their cattle from the North. The 256 Fair will take place this year on the 8th June. See you there!

Over the year Govan Together managed to save on some carbon emissions. However due to Govan’s low income it is currently one of the lowest emitting communities in the UK. Savings were made in the garden with recycling (wood, tyres, plastic bottles, building waste) and composting both garden and food waste. And the dinner nights, where we cook together we save our individual carbon emissions and money, saving on heating, cooking and groceries. Eating together isn’t just good craic it’s a cash plus choice. In total we saved 53,972 kgCO2 this year.

Special Note on Dialogue adapted from ‘Public Dialogue and Deliberation’ by Oliver Escobar ☞ Happiness questions taken from ‘World Happiness Report’, published by The Earth Institute on 2 April 2012 for the first UN Conference on Wellbeing & Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. ☞ Cartoon ☞

Profile for Prophet Scotland

Govan Thegither Version 2  

Community broadsheet illustrating the year long climate challenge funded culture change project 'Govan Together'

Govan Thegither Version 2  

Community broadsheet illustrating the year long climate challenge funded culture change project 'Govan Together'