Community Renewal Trust have been working with the Roma Community in Govanhill for over a decade. Our ethos is the spend time really listening to all different parts of the local Roma community. We seek to build skills and expertise among Roma people to support other Roma – we employ seven Roma community workers and have dozens of Roma volunteers.

Over the next few years we are testing a model of transferring the work we do into a new Roma-led social enterprise called Rom Romeha CIC which is a Roma Community Development Trust. This is expected to be a phased change as the capacity of the staff and directors increases. Community Renewal Trust have previous taken a similar approach to supporting new Community Development Trusts to form and grow in Bellsmyre (in 2014) and Ardrossan (in 2018).

Our existing work in Govanhill with Roma people includes:

  • Employment support
  • European Union Settlement Status support and advice
  • Universal Credit Support funded by Glasgow City Council
  • A drop-in computer suite


  • We also deliver a Local Conversations community development programme on behalf of People’s Health Trust. This involves delivering:
    • Regular Community Forums
    • Multicultural events such as Roma Burns Night
    • Supporting International Roma Day
    • Youth Groups
    • The Sew Roma group
    • Roma Men’s Group


  • We are also working with partners to seek development of a Roma Cultural Centre in Govanhill

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