Giroscope

Postal Address
46 Wellstead Street
Hull
HU3 6BH

Electronic Mail info@giroscope.co.uk
Telephone
01482 576374
Year started
1985
Situation
urban
Number of over 18s
6
Ideological focus
practical left-wing
Legal structure
registered charity
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
no
Work in Lieu
yes

Giroscope set up in 1985 when a group of like minded people inspired by the writings of Colin Ward and Ivan Illich decided to take action to house themselves. The following year we set up as a workers co-operative and launched ourselves into house buying, house renovating and communal living.

At the start of this year 2007, we were down to one founding member so the decision was taken to cease being a co-operative and register as a charity. We now have 25 houses providing accommodation for people in housing need in West Hull. We also own a solar powered building which is home to several community businesses including an organic veg delivery service, a real nappy company and an ethnic minority community centre teaching English. We also own a community shop.

Although we would not categorise ourselves anymore as ‘an intentional community’ we feel our organisation has a special place here in West Hull and is much more than just a housing provider. We welcome visits but cannot always guarantee accommodation.

community shares income to some extent
community does not require capital from members
community does not have broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is not accessible by public transport
community does not share utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community does not have organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
London
WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom

info@diggersanddreamers.org.uk

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Giroscope is currently looking for new members

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info@giroscope.co.uk

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