15 Jan 2015

Work underway on new homes and facilities in Northway

Local residents and key partners celebrated the start of construction at a new development in Northway this week (14 January). Delivered in partnership with Oxford City Council, GreenSquare’s...

15 Jan 2015

GreenSquare celebrates completion of homes in Podsmead

We celebrated the completion of 18 affordable homes in Podsmead, Gloucester this week (Thursday, 15 January), with a celebration event at the development.   The 18 homes – 11 for afforda...

21 Jan 2015

Debt Awareness Week events in Oxfordshire

Residents across North Oxfordshire will be able to find out more about tackling debt at a series of events on offer during national Debt Awareness Week 2015. From 26-30 January, staff from local or...

23 Jan 2015

Primary school pupils visit GreenSquare building site

Forty-two pupils from Redland Primary visited a GreenSquare building site near their school on Friday, 23 January, to find out more about the new homes being built there. There was much excitement ...

6 Feb 2015

GreenSquare donates safety equipment to local services

GreenSquare’s employment and training team has made some unusual donations recently, including giving crash helmets to St John Ambulance Service, and bike chains and locks to Castle Combe Foo...

9 Feb 2015

Social landlords have their say at Westminster

A small party of members from the Give Us A Chance (GUAC) consortium, including GreenSquare’s Head of Regeneration, Phil Bowley, spent the day at the House of Commons recently meeting Ministe...

9 Feb 2015

A great turn out for extra care show home launch

More than 100 prospective homebuyers attended the new show home launch on Saturday (7 February) at Fernleigh in Witney, much to the delight of GreenSquare’s marketing and sales team. Fernleig...

9 Feb 2015

Come along to the Severn area Annual Meeting

If you live in Swindon, Cricklade, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury or one of the surrounding villages, this is your chance to find out what’s been happening in your area over the pas...

10 Feb 2015

Introducing Rose Hill TV

The Rose Hill Junior Youth Club, in Rose Hill, Oxford, has launched a community project to bring the activities of the youth club to the big screen. Working with local filmmaker Roly Carline, the c...

16 Feb 2015

Come along to community fun day this half term

Residents in Gloucester are invited to a community fun day this Wednesday (18 February), where they will have the chance to find out what’s going in their area… and have some fun! The ...

17 Feb 2015

Tackling the housing crisis would boost economy

England would get a shot in the arm of £3.6 billion and 71,000 full-time jobs would be created or sustained if more affordable homes were built now to help tackle the housing crisis, accordin...

6 Mar 2015

GreenSquare takes a hard line against ASB

GreenSquare has demonstrated its commitment to reducing and resolving antisocial behaviour by taking possession of one its properties in Gloucester.  The landlord took steps to take possession...

9 Mar 2015

Shoppers in Swindon say 'Yes To Homes'

Shoppers in Swindon say “Yes to Homes!” Shoppers in Swindon town centre pledged their support for the national Homes for Britain campaign to end the housing crisis this morning (9 March...

17 Mar 2015

Housing sector calls on politicians to end the housing crisis within a generation

Representatives from GreenSquare joined other Homes for Britain supporters from across the housing sector at a housing rally in London today, to demand politicians commit to end the housing crisis....

25 Mar 2015

New project brings greener energy to Rose Hill

Thanks to funding from GreenSquare, an exciting new project is being rolled out in Rose Hill, Oxford, which will see homes across the neighbourhood turned into a localised power station for the com...

26 Mar 2015

New report reveals impact of welfare reform on working age tenants

The London School of Economics (LSE) has published a new report today, ‘Is Welfare Reform Working?’, commissioned by the South West HAILO group of housing associations, including GreenS...

27 Mar 2015

New book celebrates evolution of Applewood

A new book celebrating the development journey of Applewood in Stroud was launched recently and shows the evolution of the site from a former hospital to a community of 78 new homes. Applewood, whi...

27 Mar 2015

Are you registered to vote?

To be able to vote in the the local and general elections on Thursday 7 May, you will need to make sure that you're registered. Any British citizen over the age of 18, who is resident in the UK, ca...

30 Mar 2015

GDASS welcomes DCLG funding decision

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) has welcomed the decision of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to grant £500,000 to the district councils in Gl...

30 Mar 2015

Housing support service awarded £15,500 funding

GreenSquare’s housing support service in Gloucester has been awarded a total of £15,537 in funding from Gloucestershire County Council, to enable it to run more community-based workshop...

1 Apr 2015

Research unveils need for more homes for older people

GreenSquare has welcomed the latest research from the National Housing Federation (NHF), highlighting the requirement for more homes in the UK for older people that offer flexible care and support ...

1 Apr 2015

Introducing the Angie Clapp Awards

Have you been helped by a fellow resident? Does one of your neighbours work hard to improve your neighbourhood? Or do you know of a resident group that champions residents’ rights?  &nbs...

1 Apr 2015

Fun for all the family at activity afternoon in Swindon

Families in Swindon are invited to an activity afternoon next week (8 April), where they will have the chance to find out more about what’s going on in their area… and have some fun! T...

14 Apr 2015

Extending Right to Buy is ‘wrong solution to housing crisis’

Proposals to extend the ‘Right to Buy’ to housing association tenants – announced by David Cameron at the launch of the Conservative Party election manifesto in Swindon today &nda...

16 Apr 2015

Residents find out more about plans for Culverhay

Residents of Culverhay and the surrounding area were invited to attend one of two drop in sessions this week (14 and 15 April) to find out more about GreenSquare’s proposed regeneration of th...

22 Apr 2015

'Memories of War' film to premiere on VE Day

Staff and residents at GreenSquare will be showcasing a film documenting memories, stories and recollections of World War II at an event next month (May), to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Vic...

24 Apr 2015

New homes and community facilities on track in Cowley

Work is well underway to deliver community facilities and 40 new homes in Cowley, Oxford. GreenSquare Group started on site at the development on Barns Road in September 2014, which will deliver 40...

29 Apr 2015

Giant house soars over Oxford as housing rises up election agenda

The skyline over Oxford’s Florence Park will look rather different today (Thursday 30 April) as a giant life-sized inflatable house rises up to ensure housing is high on the agenda with just ...

29 Apr 2015

Rose Hill children team up with OCFC

The Rose Hill Junior Youth Club, in Rose Hill, Oxford, did some filming at Oxford City Football Club (OCFC) recently, as part of the youth club's community project to create a film to showcase thei...

1 May 2015

Dancing back to 1914

A dance project is going ahead in Malmesbury to teach young people about dance, culture and history from the First World War, with funding from GreenSquare. The Dancing Back to 1914 project invites...

13 May 2015

GreenSquare’s Operations Director to speak at Capita conference

GreenSquare's Operations Director, Andrew Smith, is attending Capita's Tenant Engagement Conference this month, where he will be speaking about implementing and sustaining effective tenant-led scru...

18 May 2015

Dementia Awareness Week 2015

This week is Dementia Awareness Week 2015 (17-23 May).  The Alzheimer's Society is encouraging all of its supporters to do something new (#DoSomethingNew) this Dementia Awareness Week because ...

21 May 2015

Lend a hand at clean-up day in White City

Residents in White City are invited to a community pride event taking place this month (Wednesday 27 May), where they can lend a hand at a clean-up day and enjoy a community BBQ.   GreenSquare...

22 May 2015

Housebuilding lags behind demand

Just 125,110 homes were built in England between April 2014 and March 2015, new government figures show today. That is 119,890 homes short of 245,000 – widely accepted as the number of new ho...

22 May 2015

Fancy getting involved with a new community newsletter?

Are you a budding writer, editor or designer? Are you looking for a way to give back to the community in Gloucester? We are looking for people who are interesting in getting involved with a brand n...

28 May 2015

Plans for Sharpness homes will provide jobs for local people

Following months of consultation with local residents, interest groups and the wider community, GreenSquare has submitted its planning application to bring hundreds of new homes and job opportuniti...

4 Jun 2015

Residents recognised at Angie Clapp Awards

This week (Monday 1 June) GreenSquare held its very first Angie Clapp Awards ceremony to recognise those individuals and groups who have worked to improve the lives of their fellow residents. The a...

16 Jun 2015

New home is 'dream come true' for Calne family

GreenSquare celebrated the completion of 34 affordable homes in Calne today (Tuesday 16 June), with a celebration event for residents, local councillors, board members, and staff involved with the ...

2 Jul 2015

Leading the way on sustainability

A new report released in June has placed GreenSquare in an elite band of social landlords, who are taking action to tackle climate change while improving the homes of residents.  In December 2...

6 Jul 2015

GreenSquare helps to tackle rural housing crisis

This week is Rural Housing Week (6 July – 12 July), which aims to demonstrate the important role that housing associations, like GreenSquare, have in maintaining small rural communities, wher...

8 Jul 2015

Shortage of rural homes could cause 'pensioner pockets'

A dire lack of affordable homes in England’s rural areas is pricing out young people and families and could lead to countryside ‘pensioner pockets’ warns the National Housing Fede...

8 Jul 2015

New community hub opens in Chippenham

The Ivy Community Hub is now up and running, to provide a base for residents living in the Charter Road area of Chippenham to meet with housing officers, police and local support agencies.  Th...

8 Jul 2015

Local children visit Northway development

Children from New Marston Primary School and from Northway Marston Children’s Centre visited GreenSquare's development site in Northway, Oxford this week.  The children have been doing p...

9 Jul 2015

Open day at Booth House

GreenSquare owns a number of properties in Wiltshire, including Unity House in Chippenham and Booth House in Swindon, which have been set up as homeless services and are managed by our partners. Bo...

21 Jul 2015

Support services invited to join new rugby project

Organisations supporting young people in Gloucestershire have the opportunity to sign up to a new project, aimed at encouraging young people to get involved with rugby and community events, as the ...

27 Jul 2015

GreenSquare supports Ark T Centre's crowdfunding efforts

GreenSquare has pledged £500 to Ark T Centre, to help it reach its £10,000 fundraising target and enable the centre to run more projects and support more people in Oxford. The Ark T Cen...

28 Jul 2015

Kandu Kicks team takes home the trophy

More than 100 footballers took part in this year's Kandu Kicks Cup at Chippenham’s Stanley Park on Saturday (25 July), with the team from Kandu Kicks taking home the trophy. As part of a wide...

29 Jul 2015

Community fund awards grant to local Melksham charity

GreenSquare has awarded Melksham charity Read Easy a grant of £1,000 to help cover its costs for printing reading materials; training provision; and other office essentials.  The charity...

30 Jul 2015

Football tournament has unexpected results

GreenSquare’s Gloucestershire Housing Support service entered a team into this year’s CCP Charity Shield, which was held at Waterwells, Quedgeley recently. The annual six-a-side tournam...

31 Jul 2015

A response to media reports about Applewood

This week there have been stories in the local and national press about issues with building defects (or snagging issues) and residents’ dissatisfaction at the Applewood development in Stroud...

4 Aug 2015

CSI Awards adds new categories for best landlord

This year, the Customer Scrutiny Inspection (CSI) Awards has introduced two new awards for landlords, which will be decided by tenants’ votes. The awards consist of two broad categories: Best...

4 Aug 2015

Are you paying the bedroom tax?

If you have been paying under-occupancy charges - known as the bedroom tax - and are willing to share your experiences, we'd like to hear from you! GreenSquare is working with researchers from the ...

13 Sep 2015

GreenSquare takes a hard line against illegal activity

GreenSquare has obtained a seven year Suspended Possession Order against a Swindon resident, which means that he must keep to the terms of his tenancy agreement or face losing his home. The order f...

14 Sep 2015

Residents enjoy sneaky peek of new community centre

Residents living near Dora Carr Close in Oxford had  the opportunity to have a look inside the new community centre being built there, as part of a community fun day at the weekend (12 Septemb...

14 Sep 2015

GreenSquare supports Gas Safety Week 2015

GreenSquare has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (14-20 September 2015), to help raise awareness of gas safety issues and to keep the public safe from dangerous gas appliances. This fifth an...

21 Sep 2015

Fernleigh development is declared officially open

GreenSquare celebrated the official opening of Fernleigh, its new landmark extra care housing development comprising 80 luxury homes in Witney, with an event for residents and friends, local counci...

10 Oct 2015

Right to Buy - an update

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, explains why the majority of the housing association sector – including GreenSquare – put forward a voluntary offer t...

19 Oct 2015

Greenview prize winners receive their cheques

Greenview is our easy-to-use website where GreenSquare residents can fill in monthly surveys and take part in forum chats and quick polls to gain points… And points mean prizes! Sorrel Ayres...

23 Oct 2015

New homes celebrated in Milton-under-Wychwood

GreenSquare celebrated the official opening of The Paddocks, its new extra care housing development of 44 homes in Milton-Under-Wychwood, yesterday (Thursday, 22 October) with an event for resident...

30 Oct 2015

GreenSquare among first to trial new product from EE

GreenSquare has become one of the first companies to trial a new product from EE, which will provide temporary data coverage in places with poor phone signal, to help work begin on construction sit...

2 Nov 2015

Local residents take a look inside The Venue@Cowley

Residents living in Cowley, Oxford had the opportunity to have a look inside the new community space that’s being built there at an open event last weekend (31 October). The new community fac...

5 Nov 2015

Meet up and eat up at free cookery courses

Would you like to learn to cook healthy meals on a budget AND gain a recognised qualification? GreenSquare’s Housing Support team is running two FREE five-week basic cookery courses this mont...

10 Nov 2015

Jet & Whittle development shortlisted for Gloucester Civic Award

GreenSquare's Jet & Whittle development, comprising 18 affordable homes in Podsmead, Gloucester, has been shortlisted for a Gloucester Civic Award. The development has been shortlisted in the B...

11 Nov 2015

Your chance to learn basic computer skills

Are you completely new to computers? Are you keen to get online but aren’t sure how? Or perhaps you’d like to learn some new skills? GreenSquare is holding basic computer drop-in sessio...

11 Nov 2015

Young residents honoured at community awards

Three young GreenSquare residents have been honoured at this year's Community First awards, which recognise the amazing achievements of community volunteers, young people, and young carers in Wilts...

16 Nov 2015

Community Impact Week 2015

This week (16-22 November) is the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Community Impact Week, which is all about highlighting the difference that housing associations make to neighbourhoods an...

23 Nov 2015

Can you put yourself in the victim's shoes?

That's the question that GDASS staff will be asking this week at a number of events across Gloucestershire, when they join Gloucestershire Police and other partners to raise awareness of domestic a...

27 Nov 2015

NHF research shows 130% pay rise needed to afford a home

A would-be homeowner in the South of England would have to dramatically increase their salary to afford an average home, according to recent research from the National Housing Federation (NHF).&nbs...

1 Dec 2015

GreenSquare's CE to speak at housing regulation conference

GreenSquare's chief executive Howard Toplis has been announced as a key note speaker at Capita's Housing Regulation Conference in January. With recent government policy changes – such as...

1 Dec 2015

Fire safety tips this Christmas

Christmas is a special time for celebration and now December is here, lots of people are preparing to hang their stockings and decorate their homes.  However, the festive season brings with it...

9 Dec 2015

Gloucester Pullman Court office is closing

From January 2016 GreenSquare is moving to having a single Gloucester office – at Chedworth House, Green Farm Business Park, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 4LY. This means we are closing the offic...

16 Dec 2015

Cookery course promotes healthy eating on a budget

Seven people have completed a healthy eating cookery course in Matson, Gloucester, thanks to Gloucestershire County Council's Healthy Together grant scheme. The five-week course, run by GreenSquare...