Founded in west Hull in the mid 1980s as a Workers’ Co-operative, Giroscope has been a Registered Charity since 2007.

Giroscope serves to provide affordable and high quality housing in west Hull – a strong sense of community developed in the Co-op which is still present today. We have become deeply embedded in the local community over the past 30 or more years and seek to enable our neighbours towards a positive future through our housing and other projects.

Our Ethos:


  • Everyone is entitled to somewhere that they can call their home.


  • Everyone should have access to meaningful work, and be fairly rewarded for that work.


  • No one should feel isolated from their community for reasons of poverty, homelessness or prejudice.



Our Housing Pledge:

So long as the conditions of the tenancy are met, you have the right to remain in your home for as long as you wish. Giroscope will not sell your house, or transfer ownership to another landlord so long as you are a tenant of that house. Giroscope will not borrow money against its property in a way that endangers the financial stability of the organisation and puts your home at risk.

The Bigger Picture:

Although based in our neighbourhood here in west Hull, Giroscope networks with other housing projects, policy makers and politicians, and other organisations from all around the UK and Europe. We are part of a network of community based housing projects under the umbrella of Self-Help Housing.org. Together we share ideas amongst ourselves and with people looking to start new projects. This also gives us a collective voice on current issues around housing and regeneration.

We also work with the local authority to help find solutions to the problem of empty homes. As public sector spending gets ever tighter the Giroscope model becomes more attractive as regards delivering sustainable regeneration, housing and employment.