Coral McIntosh, Chief Officer, has announced that she will step down from her role at the end of July. In her time at Elpis, Coral has lead the organisation forward, alongside the board, in a review and overhaul of our staff terms and conditions, worked alongside colleagues in Glasgow City Council on the review of +16 Accommodation within the city, made significant headway in our pursuit of launching our service for mothers and babies. She has also championed additional training for all staff to ensure we are a trauma informed organisation well equipped to meet The Promise to all of the young people Elpis supports.
“It has been a privilege to lead Elpis and leave knowing that brilliant staff team will continue to provide the highest level of care and support to the young people they support. I’m grateful to the young people, staff and board of Elpis for all of their support, empathy and innovative ideas which made this important role a pleasure to undertake.
Although leaving the role of Chief Officer, I personally remain a supporter of Elpis and the vital work of the organisation and wish everyone the very best.”
coral mcintosh, chief officer
Bike for good Glasgow west hub
All staff at Elpis would like to thank David at Bike for good Glasgow west hub for the kind donation of repairing our bike, the young women get a lot of fun out of cycling. Your donation is very much appreciated. Thank you
Dr John McBain's generous donation this year to the work of Elpis, he makes in memory of his dear sister May MacMillan (nee McBain) who sadly passed away on 11 March 2021.
elpis newsletter summer 2021
Welcome to Elpis’ first newsletter of 2021. Although some things have improved since our October 2020 newsletter we still all face challenges.
SUPPORT YOUNG WOMEN TO ACHIEVE POSITIVE OUTCOMES: BECOME A MEMBER OF ELPIS TRUST BOARD: June 2021
Are you interested in supporting young women to have the best chance in life? Do you want to promote independence and a bright new future? If you have free time, skills and enthusiasm to put to good use, why not become a Board Member / Trustee for Elpis Trust in Glasgow - https://elpiscentre.org.uk/ for full information.
ELPIS' NEW STRATEGIC PLAN 2021 - 2024
Elpis Trust’s Strategic Plan 2021 – 2024 builds on the previous plan that led to the successful introduction of the Elpis Centre Moving On Project (ECMO), strengthened governance and an improved financial situation, and describes potential developments between now and Elpis’ 50th anniversary in 2024. Elpis celebrate its’ 50th anniversary in 2024 and has built up a very strong platform from which to develop its services in future and the Strategic Plan 2021 – 2024 provides a detailed roadmap for delivering that purpose.
Thanks to Annabel Wright for her work with Elpis
Annabel Wright grew up in Possilpark and attended school there. After a spell in London she joined Social Work Services in Glasgow where she spent 25 years working in Castlemilk, Gorbals, Pollok and Possilpark. For over 30 years Annabel has been involved with Elpis as a trustee on the Board and latterly as Chairperson. In 2017 she stepped down as Chairperson but continued to serve as a member of the Board.
Very sadly due to ill health Annabel reluctantly tendered her from the Board in May this year. She got enormous satisfaction from her work with Elpis and felt passionate about what it did. The Board and staff at Elpis will miss Annabel for her knowledge, wisdom and insightful input to improving the life chances of all the young women residents. We thank her for her long and outstanding service to Elpis.
Elpis joins new Glasgow Community Lottery
Elpis is really grateful for all the support we receive from individuals and organisations, and we are very excited about an additional way to raise funds to help continue to provide and develop our work.
Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector is launching a new community lottery for Glasgow that will be drawn every week from the end of November - called Yaldi - and we are delighted that Elpis is one of the founder charities.
Tickets are available online and players can directly support participating charities or choose that their stakes benefit all charities involved. If you wish to link to Elpis, this is our Yaldi page https://www.glasgowlottery.scot/support/elpis-centre.
We hope you might consider taking part as a way to help Elpis and other charities in Glasgow, as well as to be in with a chance of winning a prize.
Updates from Elpis in our Autumn 2020 Newsletter
Since Elpis’ Newsletter of Spring 2020 the world has changed significantly and we send best wishes to all our friends and supporters, especially those directly affected by COVID-19.
Find all about Elpis in our new newsletter (May 2020)
Welcome to the first of our regular newsletters that will be published twice a year, keeping everyone up to date with life in Elpis Centre. We hope you like it, and please contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Yet more funding for mental health support at Elpis Centre! (May 2020)
We are delighted to have recently been awarded £500 for mental health support work at Elpis Centre by the James T Howat Charitable Trust. This is a local charity, and thanks to them and to Harper Macleod LLP who administer the charity. We will put the money to very good use.
NEW FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH WORK AT ELPIS (JAN 2020)
Elpis Centre is delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded £3,000 from the Endrick Trust, a Glasgow-based charitable funder. This is to help develop additional mental health support for the young women whom Elpis supports. Thanks to everyone at Endrick Trust and to T C Young Solicitors in Glasgow who administer the Trust.
THANKS TO BOYD AND CO INSURANCE AND ITISON FOR THEIR KIND DONATIONS TO ELPIS (FEB 2020)
Elpis has recently received some wonderful donations from organisations that support our work. Boyd and Co Insurance from Paisley presented Elpis with an amazing cheque for £2455.81, and Mary, Sharon and Jackie - Elpis management team - received the cheque from Boyd and Co.
And Itison chose Elpis as one of the charities to support in February and March, and gave us lots of vouchers for treats that the young women will be able to enjoy.
Thanks again to Boyd and Co and Itison for their fantastic donations - they are really appreciated!
HAVING A HATTY CHRISTMAS AT ELPIS! (DEC 2019)
Santa's little helpers must have been busy with the knitting needles this year, as Elpis has received an amazing donation of 18 hand-knitted hats of all styles and colours - one for every young women who lives in Elpis accommodation. These woolly wonders definitely will keep them warm over the winter, and Elpis would like to thank the two Glasgow-based knitters who made sure that Santa included them in his delivery to Elpis.
friendly people required (DEC 2019)
Interested in supporting work with young women, then why not become an Elpis Friend?
We are really proud of the work that Elpis Centre does in providing accommodation and support for young women in Glasgow. And we think more people need to know about the positive outcomes we achieve to help us to do it even better.
We are looking for committed and energetic people, passionate about improving the lives of young women who have not always had the easiest start, to join our new Elpis Friends Group. If you have some time to spare and wish to support Elpis then this might be the opportunity for you. We might ask you to help and
to contribute your expertise but being a friend is the most important, as Elpis Friends will play a vital role in widening those who know about, and value, our work.
There are many ways in which Elpis Friends can assist us – and we are open to your experience and ideas. This will be a voluntary role but Elpis can reimburse travel and other expenses, and will provide you with training, support and guidance. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact
Rosie.Ilett@elpis-centre.org.uk for more information.
COATS ON AND GETTING READY FOR WINTER! (DEC 2019)
Elpis really appreciates the long-term support we receive from Celtic FC Foundation and this year their generous donation has provided every young woman living in Elpis with a new winter coat of their choice. Thanks to everyone at the Foundation for their kindness and for continuing to support the work we do.
IT’S (NEARLY) LOOKING A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS IN ELPIS (NOV 2019)
There’s always lots of events in Elpis in the autumn and winter, and in the run-up to the festive season - and this year is no exception. As well as Hallowe’en fun, everyone in Elpis is very excited about going to Elfingrove in December, and of course having Christmas lunch later that month. What will Father Christmas bring this year?
Before Christmas, Elpis will be holding its annual sale in Mayfield Street to raise funds for the vital work we do - and everyone is welcome to come along. There’s always a great range of pre-loved clothes and jewellery, new toiletries and household items to buy. If you have any donations please phone Mary on 0141 946 0605 (option 3) and arrange to drop them off. The date is to be confirmed, so more time to gather items to donate!
LOCAL CONGREGATION MAKES A WONDERFUL OFFERING TO ELPIS
Elpis was delighted to receive £480 as the offering taken at a service on Sunday 20th October at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Newlands, Glasgow. The service was attended by members of other local Episcopal churches in Pollokshields, Clarkston, Castlemilk and Hillington. The money will be used to help fund Christmas activities and gifts for the young women who live in Elpis accomodation.