Next month Govan Community Project will host it’s first fundraising event of 2024. Back to the 80’s is a night of live music, dance and a charity raffle to raise vital funds to support refugees in Glasgow.

The event, which will take place at Fairfield Club in Govan on Friday 10 May, is set to feature live music from The Moonlighters who will perform classic hits from the 80’s. The evening will continue with a buffet and a DJ.

Megan Johnson, GCP Fundraiser, said: “Community support is essential to our work. Every penny we raise helps us to support people who have very little or, in some cases, face destitution and homelessness. This event will be a fun space for us to come together in community spirit as well as for some dancing, food and an opportunity to win some wonderful raffle prizes, which have been kindly donated by businesses in our community.”

Tickets are £10, there is also a £15 option which includes a donation. Pay-it-forward option is also available to buy a ticket for someone on low/no income.

Get your tickets here.


Govan Community Project was recently invited to Comic Relief’s Across the Borders Summit. 

Our Head of Charity, Traci, and our Men’s Group Coordinator, Rago, were delighted to travel to Athens to attend the event in November.

Organisations supported by  Across the Borders were given the rare opportunity to meet, collaborate and explore the development of Comic Relief’s strategy to work towards supporting a more inclusive migrant-led sector by 2030.

The summit was attended by 17 organisations, with a mix of representatives from organisations across different nations including UK, Greece and Egypt.

Traci Kirkland, Head of Charity, said: “One of the most valuable strengths of the summit was the level of solidarity and transparency, which created a safe supportive space for engagement in activities and conversations, sometimes on very challenging subjects. It was a real privilege to be part of a process that held the inclusion of personal lived experience as a main focus.”

During the summit the group drafted five strategies for Comic Relief to take back and consider in relation to future funding and development strategies. The themes identified were investing in employment pathways, catalysing refugee leadership, building a people-centred trauma and identify informed movement, enshrining meaningful inclusion- including modelling this to the wider sector- and driving funding to migrant led organisations.

Comic Relief will use these points to review how their organisation can support putting some of this into action.

Traci added: “I am excited to see the future outcomes of the work which started in Athens, but is still ongoing. We would like to thank Comic Relief for the amazing opportunity, we had an amazing time, both during the workshops and in our down time. We really look forward to continuing to work with Comic Relief on this really important piece of work.”

Govan Community Project is looking for new members to join the Community Samba Group.

The group meets weekly to practise the lively and energetic samba routines.

They have taken part in several events, such as performing in the Govan Parade and at a Diversity Festival.

Since joining the group, Maria has learned to play the drum and another instrument. She told us why she loves the band: “Personally for me the band is like a therapy, if you are tired or have some kind of problem then you forget and concentrate on the music. I really enjoy the human warmth of the group and their kindness.”

You don’t need any previous experience to join, as group leader Tina will be on hand to provide tuition. All the instruments are provided.

Tina said: “Samba is such fun, you can’t help but smile when you hear the band grooving. Just try it! All of the people in the band are so lovely. You’ll have fun and learn a new skill and make friends.”

The group meet on Monday at 18:00-19:00 at Clyde Community Hall, 41 Whitefield Road, Ibrox, G51 2YB.

For more information send a Whatsapp message to 07443 964017. 

Govan Community Project has partnered with Bike for Good to launch a new block of community cycling sessions this summer.

The sessions start on Tuesday 11 July and will run for eight weeks. During this time cyclists will be able to build their confidence, meet new friends and learn new skills in bike maintenance.

Our Bike Library Coordinator Siraj will be leading the group cycles from our Bike Library at Moss Heights on Tuesdays from 10am- 12pm.

Sessions are free of charge, for more information call or message Siraj on 07392 590291.



Refugee Festival Scotland kicked off on Friday 16 June, with events taking place across the country. The festival celebrates the huge contribution people from refugee backgrounds make to life in Scotland.

Along with showcasing artwork and cultural heritage of New Scots, the festival also aims to reduce loneliness and isolation by bring refugees and people seeking asylum together with people in the communities they live in.

It takes place each year on the lead up to World Refugee Day on 20 June. This is an important time to raise awareness of the difficulties facing people who seek safety in Scotland, and how we can work together to overcome these.

Govan Community Project kick-started the festival with a Community Celebration Day in Govan & Linthouse Parish Church on Friday 16 June. There was good food, music and activities aimed at bringing the community together.

Thanks to Music Broth, Falafel Amo, New Anand,  Ianthe Hope Face Paint, and our lovely community members who created brilliant henna designs.


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