Records of the Women's Help Committee, women's welfare group, Glasgow, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Journal, 1936-1967;
  • Ledgers, 1957-1977;
  • Cash book, 1974-1977;
  • Annual reports, 1926-1976;
  • Revenue accounts, 1971-1980;
  • Legal papers, 1930-1980.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Help Committee was formed in 1922, and made its home at Atholl House, Burnbank Gardens, Glasgow; officially opening in January 1925. The Committee worked to promote and further the moral and social conditions of women. The women the Committee dealt with were delinquent girls, unmarried mothers and their babies, or any women who had difficulties in life. The age of these women was mainly between seventeen and twenty-four, but older women who were taken in.

The 1926 Annual Report stated that the women were offered help and friendship, not criticism or interference. In addition, they worked with children and appointed a Special Children's Worker in 1926 to deal with children who had been victims of sexual offences. The caring for this type of child was noted as a new branch of work in Scotland. The Committee expanded and opened a hostel for young girls in 1930, while keeping separate premises for the unmarried mothers and their babies.

As well as running the hostels, there was much outdoor work, where the Committee dealt with casework for individual cases and assisted other social work organisations. In 1968 the Glasgow Home for Deserted Mothers transferred their assets and property to the Committee and the hostel for young girls was moved to this new property. There was consistent demand for the work of the Committee and places at the hostels, for over fifty years. Yet, in 1974 the hostel that dealt with young girls closed due to staffing difficulties. The Corporation of Glasgow Social Work Department acquired the hostel and continued the work of the Committee. At the same time it was realised that there was not sufficient work to justify the services of a full-time social worker at the mother and baby hostel, and real financial problems were noted. In 1977 the Committee decided that it was no longer able financially, to pursue its objects and that it should dispose of its assets.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew MacGregor, Archive Assistant, 03 July 2000. Lower level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 29 January 2004.

Geographical Names