29 Jan 2014

Work begins at former pub site in Podsmead

GreenSquare has started building work at the former Jet & Whittle pub site in Podsmead, Gloucester meaning that 18 new homes are on their way.  GreenSquare is working in partnership with G...

30 Jan 2014

Final demolition notice

GreenSquare has issued a final demolition notice of its intention to demolish 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 Town Close, Kington St Michael. Please click here to view the formal notice.

5 Feb 2014

Half the new homes at Applewood already sold

Half of the new homes at Applewood in Stroud have already been sold, as the properties prove to be particularly popular with homebuyers. The development is on the site of the former Cashes Green Ho...

5 Feb 2014

Welcome to new residents in Oxfordshire

GreenSquare is welcoming new residents in Oxfordshire after becoming the landlord of nearly 200 homes and one children’s centre in the area. Residents living in the 188 homes, which are ...

12 Feb 2014

Two thirds of households hit by bedroom tax are in debt

According to new research from the National Housing Federation, two thirds of households affected by the bedroom tax cannot find the money to pay their rents,. An Ipsos MORI survey of 183 housing a...

14 Feb 2014

GreenSquare launches its ‘Get Working’ month

Today (Friday, 14 February) marks the launch of GreenSquare’s very first ‘Get Working’ month – a month designed to promote and celebrate the housing group’s initiative...

17 Feb 2014

Do you want to make a difference?

GreenSquare is looking for people to join the Communities Boards and Resident Scrutiny Panel that help shape and improve the services provided to residents. We’re looking for residents (inclu...

19 Feb 2014

Ever thought about working for yourself?

GreenSquare in partnership with the Real Business Club is running four free workshops over the coming weeks, to give advice on starting your own business. The events, which are taking place at the ...

20 Feb 2014

Could you be your own boss?

Have you ever dreamed of starting a business but were unsure who to ask for advice? Outset Swindon offers hands on, vocational support and guidance tailored to suit your needs. It is a free program...

21 Feb 2014

Angela Clapp – a tribute

It’s with great sadness that we share news that GreenSquare resident board member Angie Clapp died on Sunday 9 February, having been ill with cancer for some time.  Angie’s involve...

25 Feb 2014

Rose Hill Community Worker honoured with a High Sheriff’s award

GreenSquare’s Rose Hill Community Worker, Fran Gardner, has been honoured with a High Sheriff’s Award for the year 2013/14 for her outstanding contribution to the community. Fran has be...

27 Feb 2014

Become your own boss

FREE WORKSHOP Monday 10 March 10am – 1pm GreenSquare offices, Methuen Park, Chippenham. Could you start your own business?  Come along to our free workshop to find out all you need to kn...

4 Mar 2014

Final demolition notice

GreenSquare has issued a final demolition notice of its intention to demolish 25 and 26 The Mead, Aston Keynes, SN6 6PL. Please click here to view the formal notice.

6 Mar 2014

House prices rise twice as fast as salaries in the West

The housing shortage in the West of England is pushing house prices and private rents out of reach for local workers, according to a new report from the National Housing Federation – with the...

6 Mar 2014

Can a US employment project work in the UK?

Phil Bowley, GreenSquare’s head of regeneration, recently attended a discussion on employment support at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in London. The discussion looked largely at a unique Am...

7 Mar 2014

Clare’s Law rolled out across the UK

On Saturday 8 March, Clare’s Law is being rolled out across the UK. It follows a pilot scheme run by Wiltshire, Nottinghamshire, Gwent and Greater Manchester. The scheme aims to give individu...

7 Mar 2014

Come along to the ‘Big Event’

Are you looking  to move home? Or do you need help getting back into work or education? Perhaps you’re interested in making your money go further? Come along to the ‘Big Event&rsqu...

20 Mar 2014

Development in the heart of Swindon celebrates official opening

GreenSquare celebrated the official opening of Kimmerfield Court, its new landmark housing development comprising 45 modern homes in the centre of Swindon, with an event for residents, local counci...

21 Mar 2014

Seventeen new homes planned in Kington St Michael

Six prefabricated reinforced concrete (PRC) properties in Kington St Michael are in the process of being demolished by GreenSquare, as part of a plan to regenerate the area and build 17 new homes i...

21 Mar 2014

GreenSquare commits to reduce its carbon footprint

GreenSquare has joined forces with Low Carbon Oxford’s new People Project to help put the vision of a low-carbon, sustainable Oxford into practice.  As part of that project, GreenSquare&...

25 Mar 2014

Research shows many face money problems due to welfare reform

Eleven housing associations in the South West, including GreenSquare, have joined forces to tackle the employment issues faced by residents in affordable housing as a direct result of the changes t...

26 Mar 2014

Drop in sessions help residents to ‘Spring Online’

GreenSquare is helping its residents in Wiltshire to get online next week, as part of ‘Spring Online’ week (31 March – 4 April) – the award-winning initiative that makes it ...

26 Mar 2014

GreenSquare shortlisted for two Community Impact Awards

We are pleased to announce that two GreenSquare projects have made the regional shortlist for this year’s Community Impact Awards.   The Community Impact Awards, run by the National Hous...

28 Mar 2014

New Community Hub opens in Malmesbury

Malmesbury Community Hub, run by GreenSquare and Malmesbury Town Council, was declared officially open on 28 March at an event for local residents, members of the Town Council and GreenSquare staff...

7 Apr 2014

GreenSquare Severn Communities Board launched

GreenSquare has a new communities board area, called GreenSquare Severn. This new Board will serve residents in Gloucestershire and in the previous GreenSquare Marden area (in Wiltshire), and opera...

8 Apr 2014

Young people to create mural at development site in Podsmead

Young people from Podsmead have been invited by GreenSquare, Podsmead Big Local, and Podsmead Community to the former site of the Jet & Whittle pub from 10am until 5pm on Wednesday (9 Apri...

8 Apr 2014

Children in Oxfordshire enjoy Street Games

Children across Oxfordshire are making the most of weekly Street Games sessions, run by GreenSquare’s Community Involvement team in partnership with a local charity. To run the sessions at th...

9 Apr 2014

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain new skills?

If you’re aged between 16 and 25 years old and are looking for an opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications, meet new people, and grow your confidence, then the Prince's Trust Team pr...

10 Apr 2014

Residents lend a hand at clean-up day

More than eighty residents came along to a clean-up event in White City, Gloucester, this week (Tuesday, 8 April) to lend a hand to spruce up the area. At the event, which was held by GreenSquare i...

22 Apr 2014

Rudloe residents invited to view plans for redevelopment

Residents in Rudloe are invited to a consultation event on Wednesday, 23 April to find out more about GreenSquare’s plans for potential redevelopment in the area. Since March 2013, GreenSquar...

23 Apr 2014

Big turnout for the Big Blue Bus

GreenSquare's Community Involvement team hosted two Easter themed events during the Easter holidays and made use of the Big Blue Bus to visit GreenSquare’s residents in Purton and Calne. ...

25 Apr 2014

BBC Radio Oxford to broadcast live from Rose Hill

As part of BBC Radio Oxford’s Big Tour of Oxfordshire, the radio station will be spending this weekend and next week (26 April – 2 May) in Rose Hill and Iffley. The team will be broadca...

28 Apr 2014

Scams Awareness Month

This Thursday (1 May) marks the start of Scams Awareness Month – a national campaign that aims to highlight how people can be caught out through scams including online scams, postal cheats, p...

30 Apr 2014

Are you a gypsy or traveller who currently lives in a house in Wiltshire?

Wiltshire Council has appointed an independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS) to carry out a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) across the county.  The resu...

30 Apr 2014

Record success for project for young people

A project run by GreenSquare and Youth Action Wiltshire, which helps young people in the area to gain recognised awards and accreditations, has enjoyed record success over the past year. The young ...

6 May 2014

Are you scam aware?

Do you know the difference between phishing and vishing? Would you be able to recognise a courier scam or an advance fee scam? How about spotting dodgy investment schemes or Microsoft scams? As par...

6 May 2014

Energy Advisors win National Housing Federation award

GreenSquare’s project to help reduce residents’ energy costs is going through to the finals of the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards this summer.  The sch...

7 May 2014

GreenSquare provides out-of-hours ASB Freephone line

From December 2013 until March 2014, GreenSquare trialled an out-of-hours Freephone line, which enabled residents to immediately report instances of antisocial behaviour. The trial proved to be ver...

7 May 2014

Open event at Methuen Park for local residents

Residents from the Avon area came along to an open event at GreenSquare's Chippenham office, Methuen Park last night before attending the Avon Board annual meeting. Twenty-three residents came alon...

21 May 2014

Corsham resident raises over £1,000 for charity

Mrs June Witt, who has lived at GreenSquare's Jargeau Court in Corsham for 24 years, has raised over £1,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance through the sale of her homemade cakes; knitted scarves...

28 May 2014

Research shows bedroom tax is pushing households into debt

According to new research from the National Housing Federation, people living in the South who have been hit by the bedroom tax are cutting back on essentials such as food and heating.  An Ips...

28 May 2014

Rose Hill Junior Youth Club awarded funds by City Council

Rose Hill Junior Youth Club has been awarded £1,000 by Oxford City Council to develop a specialist sports programme for children in Rose Hill. The grant will contribute towards the cost of a ...

29 May 2014

NatWest Business bus to visit Rose Hill

The NatWest Business bus will be visiting Rose Hill next week to provide valuable guidance to people who are looking to start their own business. On Tuesday, 3 June from 2pm until 4pm the double de...

30 May 2014

Young people lend a hand to spruce up children’s centre’s garden

Eight young people from Royal Wootton Bassett and Lyneham gave up two days of their half term break to help bring the garden at their local children's centre back to life.  The young people, s...

2 Jun 2014

Police given new powers to help victims

As of today, all police officers in the South West have new powers to help victims of domestic violence and abuse.  Previously, when an incident of domestic abuse was reported to the police, i...

3 Jun 2014

Successful Big Lottery Grant for Leys CDI Youth Project

Leys CDI, the Oxford-based independent charity supported by GreenSquare, Catalyst Housing and A2Dominion, has been successful in a bid to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant of £499,078.  T...

3 Jun 2014

GreenSquare Director awarded Churchill Medallion

GreenSquare’s Development Director, Vic O’Brien, was presented with a Winston Churchill medallion at an award ceremony in London last week, after successfully completing his Winston Chu...

5 Jun 2014

New homes celebration in Corsham

GreenSquare celebrated the completion of 17 affordable homes in the centre of Corsham on 5 June, with an event for residents, local councillors, board members, and staff involved with the project. ...

5 Jun 2014

Rose Hill marks halfway point in Lottery-funded programme

Residents of Rose Hill are marking the half way point in their Lottery-funded community programme with a Summer Extravaganza event next week (Saturday, 14 June) at The Oval. At the community party,...

23 Jun 2014

Bringing gas servicing in-house

We recently reviewed our gas heating service provision and have decided to form an in-house Gas Heating Maintenance Team, which will start visits in the Oxfordshire area in September 2014. By crea...

24 Jun 2014

The Lord Mayor who came to tea!

The Lord Mayor of Oxford will be the guest of honour at an event at the Junior Youth Club in Rose Hill this week, where he will enjoy a tea prepared by the children and present them with certificat...

25 Jun 2014

Residents invited to public consultation in Sharpness

People are invited to a public consultation event to find out more about aspirations for development on land either side of the B4066 at Sharpness. A consortium led by GreenSquare Group - and invol...

25 Jun 2014

Local residents find out more about proposed development in Warminster

More than 100 people attended a consultation event in Warminster last week (Thursday, 19 June) to find out more about GreenSquare’s plans to develop new homes in the area. As well as planning...

30 Jun 2014

House prices soar in rural areas

Figures released by the National Housing Federation (NHF) today show that rural areas have become some of the least affordable places to live in the country.  On average house prices in rural ...

2 Jul 2014

GreenSquare Group rebrands its commercial subsidiaries

GreenSquare has changed the names of its three commercial subsidiaries as part of a group-wide consolidation of brands. Its in-house heating contractor, GW Sparrow & Co Limited, is now known as...

7 Jul 2014

A day at the seaside... in Gloucester

Gloucester Park will be transformed into a giant beach this month (July) for a seaside-themed family fun day.  Cityfest: Beach Party is taking place in Gloucester Park on Sunday, 13 July from ...

10 Jul 2014

Housing Support team join the fun at Bishop's Cleeve Big Picnic

Members of staff from GreenSquare's housing support team in Gloucester will be at the Big Picnic in Bishop’s Cleeve this weekend (Saturday, 12 July) to chat with local residents who would lik...

10 Jul 2014

US funding system could help housing associations build without government grants

Tax credits could help housing associations build homes without the need for increased government grant funding according to a new report examining their successful use in the USA.  The report...

23 Jul 2014

Wiltshire Money chosen as best practice example

Wiltshire Money’s work on welfare reform has been showcased by the Citizens Advice Bureau as an example of good practice. Citizens Advice received 36 nominations in the first round of ‘...

28 Jul 2014

Topping out ceremony marks milestone for extra care development

GreenSquare held a topping out ceremony to mark a key stage in the building of its new extra care housing development in Witney. Construction started at the development known as Fernleigh, located ...

6 Aug 2014

GDASS nominates GE Aviation for charity award

GE Aviation has been announced as a finalist for a Local Business Charity Award, after being nominated by Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) as a thank you for their ongoing sup...

8 Aug 2014

Glovers Court's gardens open to the public

If you happen to find yourself in Malmesbury this weekend, the gardens at Glover’s Court, one of GreenSquare's 55+housing schemes in the town, are being opened to the public as part of Malmes...

8 Aug 2014

GreenSquare shortlisted for Sustainable Housing Award

GreenSquare’s project to help reduce resident’s energy costs has been shortlisted in the Energy saving initiative of the year category at the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards. The Sustai...

11 Aug 2014

Proposed redevelopment and regeneration of Culverhay

In July, GreenSquare held an event at St Sampsons School in Cricklade to present ideas for the proposed redevelopment of Culverhay. Nearly 200 people came along to share their thoughts on the propo...

12 Aug 2014

Wiltshire's young people take on the rest of the world

Kandu Kicks, the Chippenham-based inclusion through football project, hosted its annual Kandu Cup at the weekend (16 August), and defending champions, a team from Wiltshire Police, were beaten by a...

1 Sep 2014

Parents fear their children won’t afford own homes

As mums and dads wave their children off for the first day of term, new research reveals that parents’ hopes for their sons and daughters’ futures are being clouded by fears they will n...

3 Sep 2014

Sharpness proposals shared at consultation

Following the public consultations held in July, local people were invited to a further public consultation event on 2 September to view updated proposals for development on land at Sharpness. The ...

4 Sep 2014

GDASS helps 3,000 domestic abuse victims in one year

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS), an organisation commissioned by the county council, has supported 3,002 victims of domestic abuse in one year and is seeing an increase in re...

15 Sep 2014

Home Swap events for GreenSquare residents

GreenSquare is hosting two Home Swap events in Swindon and Gloucester, supported by Aster Communities and Sovereign, to help GreenSquare residents and Wiltshire Council residents to find their idea...

3 Oct 2014

Councillors invited to view extra care housing development

GreenSquare invited local councillors for a tour of its new extra care housing development in Milton-Under-Wychwood yesterday (Thursday, 2 October), as part of Oxfordshire County Council’s ca...

6 Oct 2014

Hello Gloucester!

A new scheme is coming to Gloucester, which will provide more information and better services to residents. The scheme, called ‘Hello Gloucester’ aims to help make the city stronger and...

8 Oct 2014

GreenSquare supports Get Online Week

Next week is the nation’s eighth Get Online Week (13-19 October), which aims to inspire thousands of people and motivate them to get online and see what the internet could do for them. Whethe...

13 Oct 2014

Lottery manager visits Rose Hill project

The Rose Hill Regeneration Lottery project is almost at the end of its third year – so only two more years to go! The project officially finishes on 30 November 2016 - which will be hard for ...

20 Oct 2014

Film for thought brings sugar to the forefront

A group of young people hope to inspire Oxfordshire families to make healthier food choices with a film they have been instrumental in producing. What would you swap? is a short film, featuring you...

23 Oct 2014

Housing market reaches breaking point

High housing costs and low wages are pushing many areas of the South West out of reach for local people, according to a new report from the National Housing Federation. South West Broken Market, Br...

5 Nov 2014

Eleanor Thompson - a tribute

It’s with great sadness that we share news that GreenSquare Board member Eleanor Thompson has died.  Eleanor had been a GreenSquare board member since 2008. Asked recently what had made ...

10 Nov 2014

Do you want to find out about home adaptations?

GreenSquare is hosting an Autumn Fayre in Malmesbury this month (November), for disabled residents or carers to find out more about our home adaptation service. The event is taking place in the Mal...

12 Nov 2014

GreenSquare supports Homes for Britain campaign

GreenSquare is supporting the Homes for Britain campaign to ‘End the housing crisis within a generation’. In the run up to the General Election, the Homes for Britain campaign is callin...

12 Nov 2014

It's Housing Day!

Housing Day – a national online event to celebrate the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK – took place on Wednesday 12 November.  GreenSqua...

17 Nov 2014

Priors Park internet café extends its hours

Thanks to support from GreenSquare, the Central Park Computer Café at Priors Park in Tewkesbury is now set to be open for an additional day each week for local residents to use free of charg...

18 Nov 2014

Fieldview residents enjoy community fun day

The Ivy Partnership held a community fun day at Fieldview in Chippenham recently, where residents had the chance to spruce up the area and enjoy arts and crafts activities. Local residents lent a h...

19 Nov 2014

Great turnout at the Autumn Fayre

GreenSquare hosted an Autumn Fayre in Malmesbury this week (17 November), for disabled residents and carers in the area. There was a great turnout at the event, which took place at the Malmesbury C...

19 Nov 2014

Thriving food growing project in Chippenham

Residents at Sheldon Road in Chippenham have been working hard on their food growing project and have made impressive progress. The project, which started in June 2014, is supported by GreenSquare ...

24 Nov 2014

Homes for Britain – Day of action

You will remember that GreenSquare has pledged its support to the Homes for Britain campaign to ‘End the housing crisis within a generation’. To spread this message, we recently took pa...

25 Nov 2014

Make your money go further this Christmas

GreenSquare, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and Sovereign Housing, is hosting a financial inclusion event in Swindon today (25 November). The Christmas-themed event is taking place at ...

26 Nov 2014

GDASS supports 16 Days of Action

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) is joining other support agencies from across Gloucestershire for 16 days of action against domestic abuse and sexual violence.  Between ...

27 Nov 2014

Young gardeners are ‘blooming’ marvellous in Oak Close

Children who live in Oak Close in Calne have been inspired by a young volunteer gardener in their neighbourhood and have set up a junior gardeners club.  The group of green-fingered young peop...

28 Nov 2014

Purple ribbons raise awareness of domestic abuse

Staff from Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) have been out raising awareness of domestic abuse in the Cotswolds equipped with purple ribbons.  The team covered about 100 m...

28 Nov 2014

Rose Hill’s Christmas countdown begins

It’s that time of year again, when the residents of Rose Hill mark the start of the Christmas season with a festive community celebration at The Oval on Saturday, 6 December.  Rose Hill ...

1 Dec 2014

GreenSquare awarded silver at SHIFT awards

GreenSquare has been recognised by a prestigious environmental awards scheme for its high quality homes and efforts to reduce its environmental impact.  GreenSquare was awarded 'Silver' in the...

8 Dec 2014

Support service provides housing-related advice

GreenSquare’s housing support service in Gloucestershire is running drop-in sessions in Bishop’s Cleeve, to provide local residents with housing and benefit-related help and support.&nb...