Category: Life in The Well

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The Well had to close its doors on 16 March 2020 due to the necessity for social distancing, which was closely followed by 'lockdown' restrictions.  Whilst we are sad and frustrated that we are unable to be there for our clients in as effective a way as we normally are, we are focusing on being there to meet the great needs of the community in a safe manner when we are able to re-open. Part of...

A Great Ending to our 25th Year!

On Wednesday 11 March we celebrated the official end of our 25th year!  Over 100 people came along to Govanhill Free Church, current and previous staff and volunteers, clients and supporters, to hear of the impact The Well has had on the community of Govanhill over the last 25 years. Chair of the board, Rev William Wilson welcomed everyone and invited founder, Catriona Milligan to speak,...

Financial Gains

One of the most satisfying thing about working for The Well is being able to help people who are in real financial hardship to access money that they are entitled to but would struggle to access without support.  This can be in the form of benefits, tax rebates or even just refunds for faulty products! Yesterday a worried couple came into The Well having bought a pair of prescription glasses. ...

New Dual Language Children’s Books

We have introduced a beautiful brand new range of dual-language children's books to our waiting room in The Well and our 'Bubbles' toddler group.  These books, courtesy of Bookbug, are already proving very popular.  We had to interrupt the little girl pictured as she proudly read the stories aloud to her big brother!  The books are all in English as well as either Urdu, Arabic, Turkish, Slovak...

25th Anniversary Celebration

On 11 March, The Well will host a celebratory event to mark our official 25th Anniversary.  The event will take place at Govanhill Free Church (26 Belleisle Street, Glasgow, G42 8HT) from 12noon until 2pm.  Come along to this celebration and hear a bit more about what we are doing to support ethnic minority communities in Govanhill.  See our new short promotional video and enjoy the light...

Chrismon Tree

The Well has put up and decorated its Christmas Tree, but it's not just any Christmas Tree...it's a special 'Chrismon' Tree.  The word Chrismon simply combines 'Christ' and 'Monogram' i.e. symbol.  These trees were first used by North American Lutherans in the 1950s and have since been used throughout various Christian denominations.  There are a few things that make a Christmas Tree a...

Photograph Exhibition

A few weeks ago we displayed 25 photographs by local folks to celebrate the Life and Culture of Govanhill as part of Black History Month. What a wonderful afternoon we had!  Friends - both "old" and new - of The Well dropped in, service users came and local folks who had never heard of The Well before, came and enjoyed the exhibition, delicious afternoon tea and good chat with other visitors....

25th Anniversary Appeal – Thank you!

All the staff and volunteers at The Well would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who donated to our 25th Anniversary Appeal. Thanks to your generosity, our target was smashed and this appeal raised £2584.80 (including gift aid)! Your gift will make a difference to people’s lives in Govanhill. We rely entirely on donations and grants, which can be sporadic so please consider giving...

Check out what the Evening Times says about us!

We are very grateful that Evening Times Reporter, Catriona Stewart, and Photographer Kirsty Anderson for visiting The Well last week. Their timing was excellent as they arrived just as two of our lovely clients were serving up Chicken Tikka and Lamb Pilau to staff as a thank you for helping them through an immigration process, so they got to sample some! It also gave them an opportunity to see...

The Challenges in Govanhill

Govanhill is an ethnically diverse area, with approximately 40% of residence being ethnic minority. It is often referred to as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures and faith groups. A recent survey by the Govanhill Housing Association found that there were people from 52 different countries, speaking 32 different languages across only 13 of Govanhill’s tenement blocks. In addition to this, Govanhill...
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