28 Jan 2016

Could living in 55+ accommodation benefit you?

GreenSquare has 28 schemes, across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, that provide a safe environment for people aged over 55 to live independently, with the security of knowing that there...

29 Jan 2016

Planned benefit changes could leave most vulnerable unable to afford rent

Planned changes to housing benefit could leave vast numbers of the country’s most vulnerable people unable to afford rent on their homes, according to the latest research from the National Ho...

29 Jan 2016

Meet up and eat up at free cookery course in Tewkesbury

Would you like to learn to cook healthy meals on a budget AND gain a recognised qualification? GreenSquare’s Housing Support team is running a FREE five-week basic cookery course in February,...

2 Feb 2016

Make new friends at our fun day in the Forest of Dean

Are you keen to meet new people but find it difficult? Do you live in Gloucestershire? GreenSquare’s New Friends Network might be for you!  GreenSquare’s housing support team is ho...

4 Feb 2016

Initial demolition notice

GreenSquare has issued an Initial Demolition Notice of its intention to demolish 1, 2, 4 and 5 Briar Leaze, Compton Bassett SN11 8RQ ("the Premises").  Please click here to view the formal not...

8 Feb 2016

Beware of bogus callers

There have been reports recently of doorstep scams taking place at homes across Wiltshire. Doorstep scams are when someone comes to your door with the aim of scamming you out of your money or tryin...

15 Feb 2016

Building work at GreenSquare’s Chippenham office

Starting from mid February, extensive building work will get underway to update GreenSquare’s Methuen Park office. This work will be completed in phases and is likely to continue until May 20...

19 Feb 2016

Chippenham gets 'Clean for the Queen'

Thirty-two volunteers including local residents, members of the Ivy Wildlife Garden, and representatives from GreenSquare, Sovereign Housing and Station Hill Baptist Church, all took part in one of...

19 Feb 2016

Cinderford fun day a big success

Families and local people enjoyed attending a community fun day in Cinderford, Gloucestershire on Wednesday (17 February), where they had the opportunity to find out more about support services ava...

24 Feb 2016

Sign the petition against Local Housing Allowance cap

GreenSquare has signed the petition against the proposed Government plans to cap the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and is urging others to do the same. Plans put forward by the Government to cap th...

25 Feb 2016

Are you looking to move home? Come to a mutual exchange event

GreenSquare is joining Selwood Housing, Sovereign Housing and Wiltshire Council at an event for social housing tenants in the Wiltshire area, who are looking to move home.  The event, which ha...

25 Feb 2016

Nominations now open for 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?  Why ...

29 Feb 2016

Looking for affordable furniture in Wiltshire?

Waste Not Want Not is a registered charity that collects, free of charge, unwanted items of serviceable furniture and household goods to pass on at affordable prices to people on low income.  ...

1 Mar 2016

Learn how to save lives in Gloucestershire

GreenSquare is working with The British Red Cross to hold a series of free essential first aid courses in Gloucestershire in March. The courses are designed for all ages and are taking place in Glo...

17 Mar 2016

Children in Rose Hill look forward to holiday activities

A series of fun activities for children living in Rose Hill, Oxford, will go ahead in the school holidays this year – thanks to funding of £13,500 from Oxford City Council, Bioregional,...

21 Mar 2016

Sending texts to help residents - and the environment!

GreenSquare is sending more text messages to confirm repairs appointments in preference to sending letters in the post - to help both residents and the environment.  GreenSquare's repairs team...

23 Mar 2016

Would you like to live in 55+ housing?

GreenSquare has 28 schemes, across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, that provide a safe environment for people aged over 55 to live independently, with the security of knowing that there...

24 Mar 2016

The search is on for Cowley community heroes

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Cowley, Oxford ahead of the opening of The Venue@Cowley at GreenSquare's Barns Place development. The new community facilities, known as The Venue@Cowley, ...

25 Mar 2016

Important update about changes at our Oxford office

What’s changed? GreenSquare has closed its customer reception at Barns Road, Oxford. How will I contact GreenSquare now? You can use the existing Oxfordshire contact numbers and email address...

11 Apr 2016

Families have fun at community event in Gloucester

Families in Gloucester enjoyed a community fun day last week (8 April), where children enjoyed a variety of activities including cake decorating, colouring, giant Jenga and a bouncy castle. Adults ...

12 Apr 2016

Forest of Dean residents learn to save lives

Residents in the Forest of Dean took part in a free essential first aid course recently, where they learnt all the basic skills needed to save a life.  The two-hour session, which took place i...

22 Apr 2016

One week left to submit your Angie Clapp Award nominations

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?  Why ...

22 Apr 2016

Springfield House celebrates Queen's birthday

Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 on Thursday 21 April and, although her official birthday is not until June, residents at Springfield House in Royal Wootton Bassett took the opportunity to make the mos...

25 Apr 2016

GreenSquare team embarks on 'oar-some' challenge

A team of staff from across GreenSquare is embarking on a momentous week-long canoeing challenge this May, which will see them paddle 126 miles along the Thames, to raise funds for the MS Society.&...

25 Apr 2016

GreenSquare benefits from £20 million funding boost

A £20 million funding boost will allow GreenSquare to deliver its ambitious five-year business plan to build much-needed affordable housing across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. ...

27 Apr 2016

The Venue@Cowley launches website for online bookings

The Venue@Cowley, an exciting new community venue in central Cowley, Oxford, has launched its new website, where people can find out more about the rooms available to hire and make bookings.  ...

3 May 2016

PM makes surprise visit to GreenSquare scheme

Residents and staff at Fernleigh, GreenSquare’s extra care housing scheme in Witney, had a surprise visit last week from the local MP, and Prime Minister, David Cameron. GreenSquare’s O...

6 May 2016

Team enter final day of ‘oar-some’ fundraising challenge

A team of staff from across GreenSquare has entered the final stretch of their momentous 126 mile journey along the Thames in a canoe, and has already raised more than £2,000 for the MS Socie...

6 May 2016

Residents invited to public consultation in Chippenham

Residents in Chippenham are invited to view GreenSquare's plans to build new homes in the area, at a public consultation event in May. GreenSquare is proposing to develop land at Methuen Park in Ch...

11 May 2016

How the benefit cap might affect you

In the budget on 8 July 2015, the Government announced its intention to reduce the benefit cap further to £20,000 per annum for couples and families outside of London. This is coming into eff...

17 May 2016

Emmaus officially opens its doors in Cowley

Emmaus has officially opened its new premises on Barns Road in Cowley, which have been built by GreenSquare as part of our Barns Place development. Emmaus, a homelessness charity, has moved out of ...

18 May 2016

Work begins to bring Parklands back to life

Demolition is underway at Parklands in Chippenham, in preparation for redeveloping the area to provide 11 new homes. GreenSquare has started demolition of the 1960s extensions at the site located o...

18 May 2016

Oxfordshire disability forum proves popular

More than forty people came along to GreenSquare's Oxfordshire disability forum last week to find out more about issues affecting them. The Oxfordshire disability forum is run by, and for, GreenSqu...

19 May 2016

GreenSquare demonstrates zero tolerance against criminal behaviour

GreenSquare has obtained a four-year suspended possession order against a Faringdon resident, meaning that she must keep to the terms of her tenancy agreement or face losing her home and risk going...

23 May 2016

The Venue@Cowley prepares for its grand opening

The Venue@Cowley, an exciting new community venue in central Cowley, Oxford, is set to celebrate its official opening next month (June) with an event for the local community. The state-of-the-art c...

26 May 2016

Easterton residents find out about development plans

People in Easterton attended a public consultation event, to find out more about plans for the next phase of work at the site of the former jam factory in the village. In 2012, GreenSquare was gran...

26 May 2016

Come along to a community fun day in the Forest!

Families and local people living in Lydney are invited to a free community fun day, where there will be activities for all the family and people can find out more about what's going on in the area....

31 May 2016

Greenview's first £100 prize winner

Greenview – GreenSquare's resident feedback website – has drawn its first lucky prize winners for completing the April survey. Since April 2016, everyone who completes that month’...

1 Jun 2016

New peer-led mental health support group in Coleford

A new peer-led support group has been set up in Gloucestershire to provide a welcoming environment for those suffering from mental health issues.  The group runs every Tuesday between 1pm and ...

1 Jun 2016

Grand opening of The Venue@Cowley only days away

We are only days away from the grand opening of our exciting new community venue in Cowley, Oxford – The Venue@Cowley – and everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate the ...

2 Jun 2016

The Brunel Shed brings Corsham community together

Men and women in Corsham now have somewhere to meet, chat and get involved with different projects – thanks to the launch of The Brunel Shed. The Brunel Shed has become the 300th shed to open...

4 Jun 2016

Oxford's Lord Mayor opens Venue@Cowley

Crowds visited GreenSquare's new state-of-the-art community facilities in Cowley, Oxford, on 4 June when The Venue@Cowley opened its doors for the first time. Located on the ground floor of a devel...

15 Jun 2016

GreenSquare team raises nearly £3,000 for MS Society

A team of staff from across housing group GreenSquare has raised nearly £3,000 for the MS Society after completing a gruelling 126 mile journey up the Thames in a canoe. The four colleagues: ...

4 Jul 2016

Would you like to rent then own a home in Lechlade?

GreenSquare is working with Rentplus to offer six new homes for affordable rent at a new development in Lechlade, Gloucestershire - with the added option of the resident being able to buy the prope...

6 Jul 2016

More funding needed for supported housing

GreenSquare is supporting the National Housing Federation's (NHF) latest campaign to help persuade the Government to ensure that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their uni...

13 Jul 2016

Come along to Podsmead fun day!

Families and local people living in Gloucester are invited to attend a free community fun day in Podsmead this weekend (16 July). The summer fun day event, run by a local community project, is taki...

13 Jul 2016

Beware of bogus callers

There have been reports recently of doorstep scams taking place at homes across Wiltshire. Doorstep scams are when someone comes to your door with the aim of scamming you out of your money or tryin...

27 Jul 2016

Come along to family BBQ in the Forest of Dean!

Families and local people living in Coleford in the Forest of Dean are invited to attend a community BBQ hosted by the Salvation Army this weekend (Saturday 30 July). The BBQ, taking place at the S...

1 Aug 2016

Drop a knife and save a life

GreenSquare recently ran a project in Tewkesbury to raise awareness of the devastating consequences of knife crime among young people.  The project, funded by Tewkesbury Borough Community Safe...

11 Aug 2016

Passionate about great places to live for 150 years

Residents in Cowley, Oxford were surprised to look up in the sky to discover, not a pie, but a giant cake on the roof of one of the area’s newest housing developments, Barns Place, yesterday ...

16 Aug 2016

From the longest tenancy to the newest - all happy customers!

As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we’ve been reflecting on everything that has changed over the past century and a half, not just for us but for our customers too.  Ninety-two ...

16 Aug 2016

GreenSquare takes a hard line against illegal activity

GreenSquare has obtained permission to take back one of its properties in Chippenham, once again demonstrating its zero tolerance policy approach to any tenant involved in criminal activity. The la...

18 Aug 2016

Brexit and GreenSquare

On Thursday 23 June, 52% of the 32 million people who voted in the referendum to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union (EU), voted that we should leave the EU. The UK h...

19 Aug 2016

Safety information - disposing of broken energy efficient light bulbs

If you've broken an energy efficient light bulb or a fluorescent light tube, there are several steps to follow to make sure that you dispose of them correctly.  Fluorescent lighting tubes get ...

19 Aug 2016

Picnic in the Park in Newent

GreenSquare’s Gloucestershire housing support team is hosting a picnic in the park in Newent in the Forest of Dean at the end of the month (August) and inviting local people to come along and...

23 Aug 2016

GDASS is a 'leading light' in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) has been accredited as a prestigious 'Leading Lights' service for victims of domestic abuse. GDASS, which is delivered by GreenSquare and Spli...

1 Sep 2016

Residents lend a hand at community clean up

More than 70 residents in Greater Leys stepped out into the sunshine last Friday (26 August), to lend a hand at a community clean-up event to help spruce up the area and take the opportunity to get...

5 Sep 2016

Support for victims of domestic abuse

The issue of domestic abuse has been highlighted on BBC Radio 4’s long-running soap opera, The Archers, recently – in a storyline portraying Helen Titchener suffering physical and ...

16 Sep 2016

GreenSquare pledges support for Gas Safety Week

GreenSquare has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (19-25 September 2016) and will be taking to social media next week (using #GSW16) to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety to its ...

19 Sep 2016

It's #HousingDay!

Housing Day – a national online event to celebrate the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK – is taking place on social media today (19 September). Kee...

19 Sep 2016

Have you arranged your gas safety check?

This week is Gas Safety Week (19-23 September) and we are taking the opportunity to encourage you to book your annual gas safety check, to make sure your appliances are working safely and efficient...

27 Sep 2016

GreenSquare support for Owning Our Future

GreenSquare has pledged its support for the National Housing Federation (NHF) 'Owning Our Future' campaign – launched at the federation's annual conference in Birmingham last week. 'Owning Ou...

3 Oct 2016

Helping people to find ‘peace of mind’

For 150 years, GreenSquare has been passionate about great places to live.  When we were founded on 10 August 1866, our mission was to tackle the poor housing conditions of the 19th century. N...

4 Oct 2016

Come along to our home swap event in Witney

Are you overcrowded or under occupied? Have you been affected by welfare reform? Thinking of moving to save money? If you live in Witney or the surrounding area, our joint home swap event might be ...

4 Oct 2016

Staff set out on Big 150 Walk for charity

As part of GreenSquare’s celebrations in our 150th year, members of staff will be walking 150 miles to raise money for three homeslessness charities in our areas of operation.  Three sep...

6 Oct 2016

Looking for a home in Lechlade? Rentplus might be for you

Do you have family, work, or home connections in Cotswold District? Are you looking to get on the housing ladder in this area?  GreenSquare, in partnership with Rentplus, has three new homes f...

13 Oct 2016

GreenSquare chief executive to sleepout for charity

GreenSquare's chief executive Howard Toplis will be spending the night sleeping rough in Oxford this month (28 October), as part of Oxford Big Sleepout.  The event, organised in partnership by...

13 Oct 2016

Stakeholder events this November

Stakeholder events for GreenSquare customers and shareholders are taking place in November. These meetings are an opportunity for customers and shareholders to give us feedback and to find out abou...

7 Nov 2016

Community mosaic unveiled in Moorlands

A community mosaic was unveiled in Moorlands, Chippenham at the weekend (Saturday 5 November), thanks to a community art project led by GreenSquare. The mosaic was created by children from the area...

16 Nov 2016

GreenSquare donates £750 to Doorway

GreenSquare has donated funds raised by its staff to Chippenham-based charity Doorway.  Last month (October), 25 members of GreenSquare staff embarked on a six mile walk from the company&rsquo...

17 Nov 2016

GreenSquare retains top HCA ratings

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) published its latest regulatory judgement for GreenSquare yesterday, 16 November 2016. This is based on the HCA's assessments of a registered provider’s...

23 Nov 2016

Work begins to bring 12 new homes to Calne

GreenSquare has started building work at Abberd Way in Calne, which means that 12 new homes are on the way to bring much needed affordable housing to the area. GreenSquare's in-house construction f...

29 Nov 2016

Staff raise funds for Gloucestershire Nightstop

GreenSquare has donated funds raised by its staff to Gloucester-based charity Gloucestershire Nightstop. Last month (October), 20 members of GreenSquare staff embarked on a seven and a half mile wa...

30 Nov 2016

Come along to a community sing along!

GreenSquare’s housing support team is hosting two Christmas community sing along events in Gloucestershire next month (December) and everyone is welcome to take part. The sing-along sessions ...

13 Dec 2016

Steer clear of loans sharks this Christmas

GreenSquare is supporting the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), who are working with partner agencies across England to warn people of the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks in the run ...

22 Dec 2016

Winner of Christmas card competition announced

GreenSquare's Gloucestershire housing support team ran its annual Christmas card competition this month and is delighted to unveil the winning design, which was created by Mollie Curtis.  This...