A GLASGOW homelessness charity is celebrating 45-years of service by opening a new city hub.

The Shelter Scotland Glasgow Community Hub has helped tens of thousands of families and individuals since it opened in the early 1970s.

Around 60 staff and volunteers now work at The Hub and host the charity’s free national helpline, digital advice service, solitcitors and money, debt and housing advisors.

The charity has now renewed its commitment to Glasgow by creating a centre from which it can better service everyone who needs its expert advice services.

Sharon Berrie, Shelter Scotland Glasgow Community Hub Manager, added: “Our new Glasgow Community Hub opens against a backdrop of increased numbers of people sleeping rough, more people needing crisis grants and a drastic lack of truly affordable housing across the city and Scotland as a whole.

“For many people times are hard and their homes are under threat, especially in light of harsh welfare reforms, stagnant wages and insecure jobs which are leaving many more people in need of our services.

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be retaining a city-centre presence as we move to a new, more modern and cost-effective home, which is more accessible to the people we help.”