GHS community groups

Alongside our housing support, we also run a number of exciting community groups in your area – from cooking sessions to budgeting courses, and from photography to outdoor projects.

The popular groups help people connect with their local community, learn new skills, and provide more opportunities to meet others and socialise.

Find out more below about our groups and activities below or download our information leaflet here (PDF). 

If you are interested in joining any of these, or would like to find out more about them, we’d love to hear from you!

Contact 01452 726951 and ask to speak to one of our community involvement officers.


Our groups and activities

New Friends Network
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This is a community social group which focuses on building self-confidence and developing opportunities to link with the local community. This is a friendly get-together and a chance to meet new people and explore shared interests. New friends network groups run in all our support areas once a month, taking place over a few hours. Free refreshments are provided and there are often activities such as crafts, quizzes, and bingo.

Design teamgroup icon

The design team is a group of volunteers that meets up in the Forest of Dean for a few hours each month. The team members work together to complete design briefs and produce posters/leaflets that advertise GreenSquare events. Their work helps give us a personal, unique finish that makes us stand out from the crowd! 

Women's group
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This is a social get-together specifically for women from all backgrounds in a safe and relaxed environment. Two-hour sessions run on the first Thursday of every month at Bartongate Children’s Centre in Gloucester. The sessions offer arts and crafts projects – and plenty of refreshments! 

Community outdoor projectgroup icon

This is a supportive outdoor project where we help with a variety of tasks at the St James City Farm. These include painting; repairing animal enclosures; general tidying up; and working with the animals. We offer lunch and a safe environment where people can meet others and have fun! Those attending this monthly project can do as much or as little as they wish.

Walking groupgroup icon

Walk to improve your health, meet other people, and enjoy the outdoors in your local area! This is asmall, supportive and inclusive group providing a safe fun walk together. All levels and experience welcome.

Cooking courses and groupsgroup icon

At GreenSquare we like to help give people the tools to become independent and improve their lives. We run cooking courses and cooking social groups to encourage this. These courses run across Gloucestershire – give us a call to find out when the next course near you is. We also run two ‘meet up, eat up’ social groups where, together, we cook healthy foods and sit down to enjoy them. We currently run sessions in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. 

Housing, bills and budgetinggroup icon

These two-hour workshops take place weekly over three weeks. We deliver these workshops in the community for all to attend, in a relaxed, informal setting, with refreshments served. We cover topics such as tenants’ rights and responsibilities; the social housing application process; and the importance of prioritising and paying bills. We invite along a guest speaker to each session relevant to the topics being covered.

Crafty creations projectgroup icon

An inclusive arts and crafts group where people of all abilities can get together to learn a new craft or build on existing skills. Takes place the third Tuesday of every month at Northgate Hall, St John's Church. 


Interested in volunteering?

Volunteering is a great way to 'give back' to your community, share your skills and knowledge, and prepare you for work.

We have several different volunteer opportunities at GreenSquare. You can help with the cooking groups, the design team, new friends network groups, and the walking group. We also have opportunities to help with promotions and events - and can signpost to other organisations.

Contact us for more information about volunteering.