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Caroline's Blog

Caroline’s Blog

Over the last 6 years I have been involved in Giroscope’s work bringing over 50 empty properties back into use and I have been developing Giroscope’s groundbreaking self-build project to create new, affordable homes, provide training and help regenerate the neighbourhood where we are based.

I have been fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to fund a travelling fellowship to research innovative and sustainable approaches to providing affordable housing.  In particular I’m interested in self-help projects and how organisations use training or create employment opportunities while providing low-cost housing for disadvantaged people.

I’ll be travelling to Canada and the USA over the next few weeks and will be sharing my experience and findings here and over Twitter (@c_gorebooth).

Before and After!

Before and After!

Please take a look at the transformations our building staff, working alongside our fantastic volunteers, bring to our properties in west Hull – click here to see some photographs that speak volumes about the skills they bring!

A Giroscope Volunteer : Lewis's Story

A Giroscope Volunteer : Lewis’s Story

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

SASC Make Second Investment in Giroscope

SASC Make Second Investment in Giroscope

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.

Howard League "Organisation of the Year" Winner

Howard League “Organisation of the Year” Winner

We are proud to have won The Howard League’s Organisation of the Year Award for 2017. It was an honour to attend the awards ceremony yesterday and hear some great stories and work.

Empty for a Decade

Empty for a Decade

The rip-out of a property in our community that has been empty for a decade has begun! You can follow our progress on Twitter and on our Flickr page.

Community Self-Build Prototype Video

Community Self-Build Prototype Video

To be built on land to the rear of our office in Coltman St., west Hull, the self-build project in the heart of our community aims to break ground in spring 2018, with the tenants directly involved in the construction of the buildings.

Ahead of this we have built a prototype frame on site to practise the techniques and flag any issues that might arise. This two week project has recently ended and we have reviewed the time-lapse photography covering the process. This video shows the day the frames were raised, and can be seen on our YouTube channel.

Self Build House

Self Build House

We are making some prototype timber frames for our self build house.  You can follow our progress on Twitter.