Our History

In 1974 a young woman with no money, food or place to stay came to the door of Adelaide Place Baptist Church in the City Centre of Glasgow. The Reverend Donald McCallum felt he had to do something practical to help her, and others in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow, who were being drawn into prostitution in order to survive.

Rev McCallum and his Deacon found volunteers and a flat to offer Christian care and shelter to these vulnerable
women to give them hope for a better future. And so the Elpis Centre was established, making Rev McCallum’s vision a reality.

1982 – Voluntary Trust is set up to organise and maintain Elpis.  Funding is secured from Glasgow City Council.

1987 – Elpis moved to Grace Street in the Anderson area where the core (two adjacent flats) and cluster (bedsit flats nearby)
network was established.

2001 – Elpis outgrew accommodation in Anderson and moved to a tenement building in the Ruchill area.

2002 – Elpis Outreach service began, supporting nine young women in individual flats in the Ruchill/Maryhill area.

27/06/2016 – A reconfiguration of Elpis started a new chapter in our long history by consolidating both services.



Elpis Trust t/a Elpis Centre
23 Mayfield Street
G20 9RQ

Telephone: 0141 946 0605
E-mail: info@elpiscentre.org.uk

The Elpis Trust – Registered Charity (SCO 17103) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (SCO 263731), operating as the Elpis Centre

Charity Registration (CR 44762) Registered Office 23 Mayfield Street Glasgow G20 9RQ