Giroscope was conceived in the Mid-Eighties by a group of students and young unemployed people who decided to take direct action to resolve their own housing situation. Establishing a worker's cooperative and registering as a Limited Company in the Summer of 1986, Giroscope members purchased their first house using their Giros for a deposit and set about redeveloping the property to provide accommodation for the unemployed.

We persuaded friends with jobs to take out mortgages and bank loans and purchased four houses over the period of about a year. House prices at the time in West Hull were relatively low. We had no skills and no idea about letting which we now decided was to be our next move. Advertising our first property we were inundated with prospective tenants as we charged no deposit and welcomed people on benefits.

We assisted and inspired other people to set up similar projects including a co-operative shop and a co-operative printers. Later we established a crèche in one of our properties to provide much needed child care for ourselves and others. Many people passed through our organisation including many volunteers gaining valuable work experience. A strong sense of community developed in the Co-op which is still present today.

Giroscope a workers co-operative



We attracted a lot of interest from this year when we won the Housing Associations Charitable Trust Award for Housing (The Times/RIBA Community Enterprise Scheme), getting to meet Prince Charles in the process.

Shutty Mowt and Prince Charles



Giroscope bought and renovated a dilapidated old stables and yard in the heart of west Hull to create the Arthur Street Social Enterprise Park.The building incorporated both solar thermal (hot water) and photovoltaic panel (generating electricity) technologies and provided space to over half a dozen small enterprises and community businesses.It was also to be the location of Giroscope's HQ and office.The ground floor has now been occupied by three 'healthy eating' businesses: an artisan bakery, an organic fruit and vegetable delivery service and a condiment manufacturer.The upper floor houses a classroom where English is taught to new arrivals to the UK by HEMCCF (Hull Ethnic Minorities Community Centre Foundation) and also provides office space for several other social enterprises.Giroscope also owns a vegetarian café and a shop, which along with the enterprise park help to create and sustain jobs in our community.




Giroscope publishes 'Last One Out Please Close The Gateway', a report that looks into the causes, effects and remedies of the adandonment and decline in our West Hull neighbourhood.  As the title suggests the essay criticises the government's proposed 'Gateway' scheme, a proposal that would have lead to widespread demolitions in the area Giroscope operates in.    

giroscope sign



Maintaining the pledge to help others in housing need, Giroscope continued to purchase properties in the West Hull area and in 2007 we became a Registered Charity owning over 40 residential properties and 9 business, retail and trading premises.




We began working with HMP Everthorpe, helping ex-offenders rehabilitate into society by providing them with volunteer/training opportunities.




As part of the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) we investigated possible energy efficiency improvements and different systems of solid wall insulation. We also constructed a viewing area where solar panels can be seen close up we aim to attract both young school children and college students to our Enterprise Park to learn about renewable energy systems.During 2012 Giroscope also renovated 7 properties that were empty for a combine total of (x years).We also bid successfully for the DCLG's Empty Homes Community Grants programme.We also took on a new electrical apprentice in order to provide new employment and training opportunities to the community.

Mally and steven



We purchase and begin to renovate a disused workshop and yard space in order to develop a second social enterprise park.Giroscope is in the process of renovating a further 10 houses this year.We are currently collating an archive of peoples' experiences of Giroscope over the years and welcome you to share your comments on our Facebook Page or, alternatively email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Giroscope's Housing Pledge

  • So long as the conditions of the tenancy are met, you have the right to remain in your home for as long as you wish.
  • Giroscope will not sell your house, or transfer ownership to another landlord so long as you are a tenant of that house.
  • Giroscope will not borrow money against its property in a way that endangers the financial stability of the organisation and puts your home at risk.