9 Jan 2013

GreenSquare seeks new chief executive as David Ashmore steps down

GreenSquare has launched a campaign to recruit its new chief executive, following news that David Ashmore is stepping down after 25 years at the helm of the Group and, previously, its subsidiaries ...

10 Jan 2013

Calne man warned after drugs case

GreenSquare has obtained a two year Suspended Possession Order against a Calne resident meaning that he must keep to the terms of his tenancy agreement or face losing his home. The order from Swind...

16 Jan 2013

Warm Homes, Healthy People

Oxfordshire has received money from the Department of Health to help residents keep warm and well this winter. A wide range of organisations have come together to provide additional help for people...

17 Jan 2013

GreenSquare residents boost their customer service skills

GreenSquare is running a Customer Service Skills course for its residents this month, designed to help boost participant’s confidence and develop their ability to offer exceptional customer c...

25 Jan 2013

Plans submitted for Oxford homes and community facilities

Following months of extensive consultation with local residents, interest groups and the wider community, Haboakus has submitted its planning application to develop 108 new homes and state-of-the-a...

25 Jan 2013

Wiltshire Money runs financial inclusion sessions

Wiltshire Money is running financial inclusion sessions in February and March, for people working with children and families in the Melksham, Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge area. These free, half-...

29 Jan 2013

GreenSquare goes on the road this half term

Staff from GreenSquare are heading out on the ‘Big Blue Bus’ this half term (February, 2013) to visit the housing group’s residents in North Wiltshire. The Big Blue Bus is owned b...

22 Feb 2013

GreenSquare & ‘The Green Deal’

The Government recently launched its Green Deal initiative, which enables some households to have energy-saving improvements installed in their home. A qualified Green Deal assessor visits each hom...

5 Mar 2013

Vic awarded Travelling Fellowship

GreenSquare's Development Director, Vic O'Brien, has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust’s objective for the Travelli...

10 Mar 2013

Community on site to see Applewood progress

Over 60 people attended a community tree planting event in early March on the old Cashes Green Hospital site in Stroud, hosted by the Cashes Green Community Land Trust (CGCLT). The new development,...

15 Mar 2013

Shared Ownership Week, 18 – 24 March

The need for shared ownership has, arguably, never been greater. The last 10 years have seen house prices rise three times faster than real incomes. The last five years have seen mortgage availabil...

15 Mar 2013

National Apprenticeship Week and GreenSquare

The sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week is taking place from 11-15 March. The Week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses, and t...

25 Mar 2013

Tom Pearce - a tribute

Tom Pearce, who died recently, was deeply involved with the housing sector from the early 1990s, including serving as a board member for North Wiltshire Housing Association, Westlea Housing Associa...

26 Mar 2013

Future Engagement

GreenSquare has been built with feedback from residents at its foundation - it helps us deliver what our customers want. We want to keep improving how we do it, so we are doing a review. Please rea...

27 Mar 2013

Residents' Forum AGM

Would you like help understanding the Government’s Welfare Reform changes? Then come along to the GreenSquare Residents’ Forum Annual General meeting. The Residents’ Forum is hold...

28 Mar 2013

Bedroom Tax: some home truths

  The ‘bedroom tax’ will fail to solve overcrowding and could even boost the benefit bill, not cut it, says a report out today from the National Housing Federation. It examines cl...

8 Apr 2013

Direct payment live discussion

GreenSquare's Executive Director (Customers and Communities), Ann Cornelius has spent two hours in a live discusion on the Guardian's Web site about the Government's direct payment demonstration pi...

11 Apr 2013

GreenSquare first to get QAS accreditation – as Miss Marple looks on!

GreenSquare and its Resident Scrutiny Panel have celebrated being the first to receive the ‘Quality Assured Scrutiny’ accreditation. TPAS, HouseMark and CIH developed the framework of s...

3 May 2013

GreenSquare to run new Gloucestershire support service

From June there will be a new approach to ensuring that people in Gloucestershire who need support to live independently get the right support, at the right time, and in the right place. The new co...

3 May 2013

Oxford City Council Housing Benefit payment issues: update

Oxford City Council have been working hard to resolve the recent Housing Benefit payment issues that may have affected some of our residents. Oxford City Council has confirmed to GreenSquare t...

14 May 2013

Survey winners announced

INTERMEDIATE RENT/RENT TO HOMEBUY TENANTS ANNUAL SURVEY 2013  We are pleased to announce that the winners of our Annual Survey Prize Draw are Rachel & Robert who live in the Dursley area. ...

7 Jun 2013

GreenSquare supports Rural Housing Week

Rural Housing Week (10-16 June), coordinated by the National Housing Federation,  seeks to raise awareness amongst rural communities – both local decision makers and local people –...

17 Jun 2013

Help to get online

GreenSquare residents and others can get a cheap PC and broadband deal that makes home broadband access more affordable for those people without basic online skills. Announced for this year’s...

17 Jun 2013

ORHP's 500th home celebrated

The Oxfordshire Rural Housing Partnership (ORHP) – of which GreenSquare is a part – celebrated its 500th Home in Rural Housing Week. The event, at a new Sovereign Housing...

24 Jun 2013

Breakfast at Rose Hill with a side order of financial advice

Residents of Rose Hill are invited to a free community breakfast on Thursday, 27 June, where they will have the chance to talk to experts about matters relating to benefits and money management. Th...

26 Jun 2013

Calne Cricket Club awarded funds by GreenSquare

GreenSquare has donated funds to Calne Cricket Club to assist the club with its annual ground rent at Beversbrook Sports Facility. As part of its Community Investment Fund, GreenSquare’s res...

26 Jun 2013

GreenSquare and Splitz to continue GDASS

GreenSquare and Splitz have been successful in their bid to retain the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) contract. The contract is for a three-year period until 2016, with the ...

28 Jun 2013

Planning approval for Haboakus Oxford development schemes

Haboakus – GreenSquare's joint venture with Hab Housing – has been given the go-ahead to proceed with the development of 108 new homes and community facilities in Oxford. Oxfo...

1 Jul 2013

Suspended prison sentence for Chippenham man

A Chippenham man has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, suspended for one year, after breaching the terms of an injunction that housing association, GreenSquare, obtained against him in April. &n...

5 Jul 2013

Howard Toplis takes over from David Ashmore at GreenSquare

Howard Toplis becomes GreenSquare’s new group chief executive this month, taking over from David Ashmore, who is stepping down after a total of 25 years at the helm of the Group and, previous...

11 Jul 2013

GreenSquare partners with Age UK to enable digital inclusion

GreenSquare has formed a partnership with charity Age UK Oxfordshire, as part of its Digital Inclusion project, which aims to enable more of its residents to get online. Earlier this month, GreenSq...

12 Jul 2013

Property repossessed in Malmesbury

A man had his property in Malmesbury repossessed yesterday (Thursday, 11 July 2013) after repeatedly breaching the terms of an injunction obtained against him in February by housing group GreenSqua...

15 Jul 2013

GreenSquare’s construction arm to build 225 new homes by 2015

Housing group GreenSquare’s in-house construction arm, Tidestone, is set to develop 225 homes by 2015, which will see the company working across all of the areas GreenSquare operates in &ndas...

22 Jul 2013

GreenSquare staff embark on pet-themed visits to residents

Staff from GreenSquare are heading out on the ‘Big Blue Bus’ this summer holiday (July/August, 2013) on a pet-themed road trip, to visit the housing group’s residents at various l...

23 Jul 2013

GreenSquare residents go on safari

Residents from GreenSquare’s Disability Steering Group invited other GreenSquare residents with a disability to visit Longleat recently, and received such a great response that they had to or...

24 Jul 2013

GreenSquare holds summer forum for its older residents

Housing group GreenSquare held a social event for its older residents recently, at the Beversbrook Sports Centre in Calne.   One hundred GreenSquare residents from all across North Wilshi...

25 Jul 2013

Young people take on the police at the Kandu Cup 2013

Kandu Kicks, the Chippenham-based inclusion through football project, is preparing to host its annual Kandu Cup event this August 2013. This year's Kandu Cup will be taking place at 11am on Sunday ...

30 Jul 2013

Family fun in the sun at Croxford Gardens

Hundreds of people from across Kidlington enjoyed a family fun day at Croxford Gardens recently, organised completely by GreenSquare residents. The event, which took place at Kidlington Football Cl...

5 Aug 2013

Enjoy a family day out in Southwick

Housing group GreenSquare and Studley Green Children’s Centre, run by children’s charity 4Children, are holding a family day for local residents in Southwick, near Trowbridge, on Friday...

16 Aug 2013

Research about welfare reform and work

GreenSquare and a group of eight partnering housing associations want to understand how residents are coping with the benefit changes, what advantages or barriers to work they face, and who gains a...

20 Aug 2013

Isis Communities Board members unveil new play structure at Thornbury Rise

Representatives from GreenSquare and Banbury Town Council officially unveiled a new play structure installed in the playground at Thornbury Rise in Banbury recently. The new children’s swing ...

21 Aug 2013

GreenSquare’s new chief executive lends a hand at clean up day

GreenSquare’s new chief executive, Howard Toplis, joined other members of staff from the housing group’s Oxford office to lend a hand at an organised clean up day in Abingdon. Howard, w...

30 Aug 2013

Kandu Kicks footballers come 3rd in national tournament

Young footballers involved with Kandu Kicks, the Chippenham-based inclusion through football project, have recently come third place in a national multi-sport tournament at the Olympic Park’s...

4 Sep 2013

What matters to you?

Wiltshire Council and its partners are committed to developing and delivering services that reflect the differing needs of local communities. With this in mind, you are invited to complete their re...

20 Sep 2013

Hundreds flock to show home launch

Hundreds of prospective homebuyers attended the new show home launch last weekend, at Applewood in Stroud – the development on the site of the former Cashes Green Hospital.   The de...

23 Sep 2013

Rose Hill prepares for Eid celebrations

Rose Hill’s annual Eid party is set to take place this week, (Thursday, 26 September) to mark the end of Ramadan, the traditional Islamic month of fasting. The community celebration, tak...

25 Sep 2013

Newburn House celebrates tenth anniversary

Newburn House, which provides accommodation for 16-24 year old women who are pregnant or have one young child, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month (September 2013). Set up in 2003, the ...

4 Oct 2013

Changes to repair services

We’re planning to harmonise, across the GreenSquare Group, our response to requests for repairs. This will ensure that our residents receive clear guidance, wherever they live, about our serv...

10 Oct 2013

New study to look at the impact of welfare reform

GreenSquare has joined 11 other housing organisations in the South West to form the South West Housing Association Influence and Leadership Organisation (HAILO) and commission a study on the impact...

15 Oct 2013

Commissioner visits Chippenham football project

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson joined youngsters in Chippenham for a kickabout recently. Mr Macpherson visited the Kandu Kicks football session foll...

22 Oct 2013

GreenSquare named as one of the top 10 UK landlords

GreenSquare has been named as one of the UK’s top social landlords in a top 50 list compiled by leading industry magazine 24housing and the Housing Quality Network (HQN). In September, 24Hous...

22 Oct 2013

Youngsters unveil graffiti mural at GreenSquare’s offices

Young people, who participated in Youth Action Wiltshire’s Project Inspire, visited GreenSquare in Chippenham recently (Monday, 21 October), to unveil a mural they’ve created. The ...

23 Oct 2013

Rose Hill volunteer recognised at prestigious awards

Jamie Clark, a volunteer for GreenSquare’s Rose Hill regeneration project, has been recognised for his work in the local community at the 2013 Oxford Community and Voluntary Awards (OCVA).&nb...

30 Oct 2013

GreenSquare improves its PRC homes to cut residents’ energy costs

GreenSquare is in the process of installing insulation on several of its Cornish type 1 precast reinforced concrete (PRC) houses across Wiltshire, as part of an energy saving measure. The homes, wh...

6 Nov 2013

Rising rents tip bank of mum and dad over the edge

Britain’s housing crisis is putting parents under more financial strain than ever. Against a background of soaring housing costs, parents are forking out just so their struggling adult childr...

8 Nov 2013

A chance to feedback on support services in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) is holding an event this month, for people who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse to provide feedback about the services that helped t...

11 Nov 2013

Residents lead decision making at Boards away day

GreenSquare held a Boards away day recently, to bring together its five boards to discuss the strategic direction of the business. The company’s boards, which include three resident-led Commu...

11 Nov 2013

GreenSquare director studies affordable housing in the USA

GreenSquare’s Development Director, Vic O’Brien, has recently returned from a month-long research trip to the United States after being granted the prestigious Churchill Travelling Fell...

13 Nov 2013

GreenSquare launches new development programme in West Oxfordshire

GreenSquare launched a £42.5 million new homes development programme in West Oxfordshire at an event in Witney recently with local councillors and other key stakeholders. These schemes will s...

14 Nov 2013

New development in the heart of Swindon complete

A £6.2m housing scheme to bring 45 modern homes to the centre of Swindon is complete. Kimmerfield Court has been developed by GreenSquare in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and provi...

19 Nov 2013

New data shows how many families have been hit by the bedroom tax

Over 27,000 South West families and 36,000 South East families were hit by the bedroom tax in August 2013, according to new data released by the Government and analysed by the National Housing Fede...

26 Nov 2013

Wiltshire Money to hold its annual strategic conference

Wiltshire Money, the financial inclusion partnership, is holding its strategic conference in December and has invited local stakeholders to come along and find out more about its work across the co...

27 Nov 2013

GDASS joins forces with Stroud District Council and local police

As part of National Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week (25 November to 1 December), Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) along with Stroud District Council and Glou...

28 Nov 2013

It's party time in Rose Hill!

To mark the start of the Christmas season, a festive community celebration is taking place at The Oval in Rose Hill on Saturday, 7 December. Rose Hill residents are in for a festive treat with an o...

2 Dec 2013

Oxfordshire Rural Housing celebrates 500th new home at conference

Representatives from local councils and housing associations in Oxfordshire came together recently to celebrate the completion of the 500th new affordable home in the region and to hear about the n...

10 Dec 2013

GreenSquare's place in top 10 announced

GreenSquare has been placed seventh in a list of the UK’s top 50 social landlords compiled by leading industry magazine 24housing and the Housing Quality Network (HQN). In August, 24Housing a...

10 Dec 2013

South West sees rise in working housing benefit claimants

Home Truths, the latest report by the National Housing Federation, shows that more working people are now asking for help with housing costs due to rising rents and house prices, high levels o...

10 Dec 2013

Hundreds enjoy Rose Hill's festivities

Father Christmas and his elves were joined by Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse and GreenSquare’s chief executive Howard Toplis at the weekend, to officially switch on Rose Hill’s Christmas li...

11 Dec 2013

GreenSquare offers out of hours ASB Freephone line

GreenSquare is now offering a confidential, out of hours Freephone line, which enables residents to immediately report any incidents of antisocial behaviour.  The ASB Respect Line is an out of...

12 Dec 2013

'Pets Win Prizes' Facebook competition

We are currently running a Facebook competition on all four of our Facebook pages, asking GreenSquare residents to send in pictures of their pets for the chance to win £25 pet shop store vouc...

18 Dec 2013

Local student designs mural for development site

A seventeen-year old student from Corsham has been chosen by GreenSquare to design a mural for the hoardings at our Spring Tinings development in the town. Zach Rush, a student at the Corsham Schoo...

30 Dec 2013

Crash helmets donated to Wiltshire Ambulance Service

GreenSquare has recently donated crash helmets to Wiltshire Ambulance Service for use in its training programmes. The crash helmets were used by participants on GreenSquare’s Wheels to Work p...