Thanks to grants from The War Memorials Trust and The Worshipful Company of Glaziers, the wonderful artistry of Barley Studio and the skills of Master Stonemason Andrew Gommersall, the First World War Memorial Window at the former St. Matthew’s church has finally returned, conserved and restored to its former glory!
We have made a short film which looks at the Giroscope Projects outside of housing. We look at the Gardening Project, the Bicycle Project, the Furniture Project, the St. Matthew’s Project, and the I.T. Project explaining a little more about why we do them and the benefits they bring to the volunteers that work on them. You can see the film here.
Thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund work is nearing completion on our community kitchen in Coltman St.
This grant will allow tenants and volunteers to learn about cooking on a budget, planning menus and food preparation and safety under the expert guidance of a local artisan baker. But more importantly we can all cook the food together and enjoy the food together! The name of the project is Social Food and Wholesome Eating and we are aiming to get cooking in the next few weeks!
Thanks to grants from the War Memorials Trust and The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass work has begun on the conservation and restoration of the First World War Memorial Window of the former St. Matthew’s church which Giroscope purchased late last year.
The work is being carried out at the renowned Barley Studio near York under the guidance of glass conservator Alison Gilchrist, working with glass painters Charlotte Roden and Anne-Catherine Perreau and glaziers Daniel Thomas and Aurélie Haugeard. Their skills are quite remarkable, with new glass being made to replace lost pieces, and repainted to match the near 100 year old original.
We are looking to reinstate the window back at St. Matthew’s towards the end of the summer/early autumn if all goes to plan! You can see more images from the conservation here.
We are pleased to announce that as of today, 31st October 2018, Giroscope are now the owners of the former St Matthew’s church on Boulevard. We have lots of plans for this iconic local building and look forward to sharing them in the coming months with the local community.
This is a short video about Lewis, made by the Humber Centre in Hull, a Forensic Psychiatry unit, and filmed at Giroscope’s office in Coltman St., west Hull. Lewis has been a volunteer on the Computer Project at Giroscope for over 8 months and is a valued member of the team.
In the video he talks candidly about his mental health issues, and the effects these have had, and continue to have, on his day-to-day life. We thank Lewis for his permission to use this video and continue to support him – you can see the video on our YouTube channel
Social and Sustainable Capital today announced a second investment in Giroscope.
SASC’s press release states:
“The second investment came in December 2017, alongside a grant from Power to Change which comprised 25% of the loan value, making it more affordable for the charity to take on the loan.
This investment has enabled Giroscope to purchase and renovate three further properties and to develop an exciting self-build project, which will see four houses being developed on a piece of land to the rear of its newly acquired property on Coltman Street.
The investment will provide homes for 18-20 additional people. Giroscope now provides housing for 264 people, which is a 20% increase since receiving the first investment from SASC.
Ben Rick, Managing Director of SASC said, “Giroscope does really important work in the heart of the west Hull community. Breathing new life into these empty houses and renting them affordably has not only given those most in need safe and high-quality homes to live in, but it has improved the community too.
In just two years since receiving the initial investment, the social impact Giroscope is having on the people in need within the local community is incredible. By creating secure homes, providing vital support and new opportunities for disadvantaged individuals, Giroscope is tangibly helping to improve the quality of their lives.” ”
We at Giroscope are proud to be partners with both SASC and Power to Change. For more information about SASC, click here.